Dr. John Gerstner discusses the difference between the classic Reformed Protestant faith and Neo-orthodoxy.

The date and location is unknown.


The original audio was poorly recorded on substandard equipment. There were numerous irreparable problems with the original recording. I have done my best to improve and restore it using Sony Sound Forge software, but was unable to achieve the desired result.

My deepest apology if you have difficulty understanding the message.


  • Neo-orthodox  theologians figured out a way to state the great doctrines of the Bible without being vulnerable to the criticisms of affirming them.
  • Neo-orthodox theologians say the same things as traditional orthodoxy, but apply new meaning to the words.
  • Neo-orthodox theologians are similar to Nicodemus coming to Jesus by night.  They like the teaching and the impact it has on others, but are embarrassed by the association with Him.
  • Neo-orthodoxy is called the ‘theology of ambiguity.’
  • Francis Schaeffer called neo-orthodoxy ‘contentless God-words.’
  • Neo-orthodox theologians don’t deny the Bible, but they don’t affirm the Bible; therefore, you can’t say they’re wrong and you can’t say they’re right.
  • Karl Barth (May 10, 1886 – December 10, 1968) is considered the modern founder of Neo-orthodoxy.
  • An adherent to neo-orthodoxy was Karl Paul Reinhold Niebuhr (June 21, 1892 – June 1, 1971)


Listen to the 12 minute lecture:


For Further Study:

Handout Church History Lecture 36  by John Gerstner

 Neo-Orthodoxy by R.C. Sproul

Neo-Orthodoxy (Devotional available by Ligonier)



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