That was one of the questions I asked in Recovering the Reformed Confession.
After all, ministers and ruling elders subscribe the confessions and catechisms but Rick Phillips is certainly right when he speaks of progressives and confessionalists in his “Dear Bryan” of 2015, which the fellows at the Presbycast tweeted out this morning. In all likelihood, the PCA is composed of more than just those two groups, which even further marginalizes the confessionalists. Nevertheless, Phillips is right to distinguish between the easy, one might even say lazy, identification confessionalists with traditionalists and the cultural-political “Christian right.” Still, the question remains: have not the “progressives” and the “confessionalists” but written their name below catechisms and confessions and sworn to uphold and defend the same? Why then does “confessionalist” mark out only one group?
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