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Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 28, 2013

    Excellent quick-take on postmodernism

    It seems that the other reviewers here are unwittingly infected with the postmodern virus Mohler describes in this book. He quotes D. A. Carson: "The postmodern ethos tends to be anti-absolutist, suspicious of truth claims, and wide open to relativism." Spot on. Now go and read the other reviews here. You'll see what I mean. Really, the book is easily grasped, and a quick study on a now huge problem in both the culture and the infected church. You want heady stuff: go for Carson's Becoming Conversant With the Emerging Churh or Well's Whatever Happened to the Truth.

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  • Posted July 12, 2009

    Dangerous beliefs in the new spiritual openness.

    Churches have adapted to cultural changes. At times this is appropriate but not if it means throwing out Biblical teachings. R. Albert Mohler, Jr. shares his views in his latest book The Disappearance of God. Mohler is a columnist. Much of this book is a compilation of his columns. Mohler discusses the church's trend to avoid acknowledging the existence of sin and hell.
    The Disappearance of God is not an easy read. The author's audience seems to be those with a deep theological background. While I agree with much of the author's opinion, I do think he should bring his message down a couple of levels and use more scripture to back up his statements. Mohler seems to be ranting and unfocused in The Disappearance of God. A more structured organization would make this book easier to comprehend.

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  • Posted June 18, 2009

    No holds barred look at the failures of the church may not be for all readers

    The Disappearance of God by R. Albert Mohler Jr is a stark look at how the church has been transforming into the image of popular culture instead of the other way around. Mohler tackles some tough issues like the emerging church, discipline within the church, and moral relativism. The book has some terrific points, but it felt much like a college lecture. I wanted Mohler to start speaking in layman's terms and create more of a conversation than a lecture. If you can wade through the high language, you'll find some excellent arguments about how the church is failing its people and vice versa. I learned a great deal about the emergent church and how church discipline is supposed to work. I am concerned with how Mohler is addressing this topic however. I think that a lot of older members of the church will love this book and it will be preaching to the choir. However, the younger members of the church do want a more loving, compassionate church. Generations X and Y tend to communicate in a different way than previous generations, and while that doesn't excuse forgetting about the core of what Christianity is about: Christ's divinity and the Trinity, the church does need to find a new way to speak so those members will listen and want to be a part of it. Mohler's church seems to exclude them and want to discipline them right out the door.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    Just wasn't for me.

    This book just rubbed me the wrong way, and I am a little disappointed as I thought it looked interesting when I read the synopsis.

    The author has some valid points, and while I do not agree with many of them I do understand that these are his beliefs and his ideals. To me that is what makes America great, the fact that we all have different beliefs and ideals. However what I didn't like was that this author seems to have no "margin of error" so to speak. I got the feeling that you're either with him, or you're part of the problem.

    His writing seems to be more of a rant than of him presenting his arguments. He bashes people, on multiple occasions, bashes what the country is becoming, bashes other churches: like I said, ranting. At one point he seems to be saying that the problem with America and new church movements is their open-mindedness. It is his belief that this new way of thinking is the downfall of the Christian church.

    The chapters were fairly short, and it didn't take me long to read it. I didn't care for the writing style, and found myself rereading lines because they seemed to make little or no sense to me.

    While I didn't agree with the author on most subjects, that is not why I didn't like the book. To me the writing seemed harsh, as if I was being degraded through the whole thing. I think there are those out there that will love this book, I just am not one of them. But the great thing about America is that we can each have our own opinions :-)

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