Is the Reformation tradition in trouble?

In the post Dan referred to at David Fitch’s blog below, Fitch makes some teasing references toward a fuller, forthcoming argument regarding the problems with the Reformed tradition in a post-Christendom context.

He hasn’t said much yet, and a bigger post is apparently coming, so I wont go very far into a discussion at this point. However, he seems to be zeroing in on one part of the history of the tradition in particular which I could perhaps comment on:

Nonetheless, and I hope to push this point in a later post, I think the seeds sown in European Christendom Reformation, have come to bloom in theological movements like this one. I think once Reformation protestantism was transplanted to America, lacking any cultural backdrop, you have a Reformation with nothing to reform … leading to this in many ways.

Without further elaboration, which, again, is forthcoming, the only responses I can make are these: Calvinism, while originating in a context of Protest, has for some time been creative of entire cultures and societies (as blogged here recently). It is not without its “positive” strain. Further, being a Protestant movement, it has a built-in mechanism for self-correction: sola scriptura.

On the other hand, it will be very interesting to see how one could criticize the magisterial Reformation tradition for being too locked into “protest” mode, while simultaneously not criticizing the Anabaptist tradition, which has been (in)famously criticized for its withdrawl from certain aspects of culture (statecraft specifically).

Regardless, the future post looks like it will be productive of much discussion.