God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams

God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams

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by David F. Wells
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802841791

ISBN-13: 9780802841797

Pub. Date: 10/28/1995

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company

David F. Wells's award-winning book No Place for Truth - called "a stinging indictment of evangelicalism's theological corruption" by TIME magazine - woke many evangelicals to the fact that their tradition has slowly but surely capitulated to the values and structures of modernity. In God in the Wasteland Wells continues his trenchant analysis of the cultural…  See more details below

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David F. Wells's award-winning book No Place for Truth - called "a stinging indictment of evangelicalism's theological corruption" by TIME magazine - woke many evangelicals to the fact that their tradition has slowly but surely capitulated to the values and structures of modernity. In God in the Wasteland Wells continues his trenchant analysis of the cultural corruption now weakening the church's thought and witness with the intent of getting evangelicals to rethink their relationship to the "world." Wells argues that the church is enfeebled in part because it has lost its sense of God's sovereignty and holiness. "The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today," says Wells, "is that God rests too inconsequentially upon the church. His truth is too distant, his grace is too ordinary, his judgment is too benign, his gospel is too easy, and his Christ is too common." God has become weightless to the extent that the church no longer allows him to shape its character, outlook, and practice. Evangelicals have become heavily invested in the mind-set of modernity - a mind-set that Wells correlates with the biblical concept of the "world." They have become enamored of advanced management and marketing techniques, have blurred the distinctions between Christ and culture, and have largely abandoned their traditional emphasis on divine transcendence in favor of an emphasis on divine immanence. In doing so, they have produced a faith in God that is of little consequence to those who believe. An extensive survey of students at seven evangelical theological seminaries - the results of which are included in this book - indicates that the next generation of evangelical leaders is as caught up in these trends as the laity. Arguing that the church's diminished appetite for truth will not be restored without repentance and a fresh encounter with the holy God, Wells makes a compelling case for urgently needed reform in the evangelical church. Without such reform, he says, e

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802841797
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
10/28/1995
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
946,935
Product dimensions:
6.06(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.73(d)

Table of Contents

    PROLOGUE

  1. An Accident in History
  2. The Accidental Revolution
    Flight from the Center
  3. An Accident of Faith
  4. From the Inside Out
    From the Outside In

    STRANGERS AND ALIENS

  5. The Alternative to God
  6. The Scarecrow World
    Manufactured in America
  7. Clerics Anonymous
  8. The Religious Economy
    On Growing the Church
    Ecclesiastical Barnacles
    Engineering the Spiritual
  9. The Weightlessness of God
  10. Designer Religion
    Intellectuals
    The Saliency of God
  11. The Outside God
  12. God Who Is Above
    Boundaries
    God the Holy
    God the Knower
  13. God on the Inside
  14. The Sacred Canopy
    The View from Outside
    The View from Inside
  15. The Coming Generation
  16. An Extended Family
    The Vision of Theology
    Ships in the Night
    The Enchanted World
    The World in a Lens
    The Maze of Modernity
    The Sum of It All
  17. Speaking with a Different Voice
  18. An Embarrassment of Being
    A Strange Confidence

Appendix
Bibliography
Index

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