Carl Trueman on Confident Pluralism

Carl Trueman, the Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, has a review of Confident Pluralism at First Things. I am grateful for Professor Trueman’s engagement, even though, as his review makes clear, his pessimism runs deeper than mine. For example, I do not think that “people simply do not operate in the public square in terms of sense any more.” To be sure, ideologues of all stripes would rather manipulate and bully than listen and reason. But plenty of people of goodwill are willing to entertain serious arguments about how we might coexist in spite of our deep differences, and how we might pursue common ground even if we lack a shared understanding of a common good. In this light, I wish Professor Trueman had emphasized more of the “confidence” in confident pluralism. Optimism may be, as he puts it, “one of the more forgivable sins,” but hope remains a virtue.

You can read my full response at First Things.