Assumed audience: Theologically-orthodox Christians, or folks interested in things that theologically-orthodox Christians think.
Part of the reason Webster’s work is so compelling to me is that I so often want to shout “Yes! This is what I’ve been trying to say for years!” This claim, for example: that apologetics and argument and application are secondary to proclaiming the truth positively and directly, is and has been a theme of mine for many years. The upside is that I find Webster deeply encouraging to read: here is another soul singing the song mine sings. The potential downside is: this shared commitment can mean we also are blind to the same things. So I shouldn’t just read Webster — but what a great joy to find a kindred spirit!
In my time at SEBTS, I often heard my friend Nathan Finn encourage students to find a thinker who they found particularly helpful and engaging to mind and soul, and then to commit to reading and understanding that thinker deeply and thoroughly. The advice always seemed good — very good! — but I simply hadn’t found such a thinker: there were plenty to learn deeply from, but none who just grabbed me. Webster does both, though!
“Elenctic” is like “apologetics” in American evangelical usage. — Chris ↩︎