Which pretty much proves one of his contentions:
"Pardon me for being crass, but I can think of no better way to put this: By in large, theologians on either polarity have allowed their ideological commitments to take a dump on their theological methodology."
Carson is that archetypal "young person" that the polarized camps always say is with them. So it is a hoot to read comments that begin, "I stopped reading when you said..."
And I really like his take on the current church:
"It’s like the marriage counselor who’s been divorced five times. I believe in grace and forgiveness, but at that point the man needs to find a new profession. Anyone who takes him seriously is a fool. We’re in the same boat. This “Do what I say and not what I do” bullshit has got to stop and discerning church discipline has got to start. When the rate of divorce and addiction to internet pornography within our churches drops significantly, then we might regain the credibility to tell society about God’s intention for sex and marriage. Until then I say we shut up and focus our energy on removing the plank from our own eye. Maybe then we’ll see clearly enough to help our neighbor with the speck in his."
And he throws in this bomb that today's church is not equipped to defuse,
"Too many Christians completely ignore St. Paul’s teachings on celibacy. According to him, celibacy is actually greater than marriage. Yet in our oversexed society the expectation is that all people will have sex, so our churches try to channel those passions into marriage. I believe that this is one of those times when the Church must confront the culture rather than adapting to it. Celibacy needs to not only be restored as a viable option, but those who’ve chosen it ought be praised."
You have to drop any "Christendom" pretensions to read him. He's not arguing for a church ethic imposed on the wider culture. He's asking how the church can be true to its identity in Christ, no matter what the culture is doing. That's a jarring departure from the current church arguments, which are about which political ideology the church should submit to as a chaplaincy.