The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World

The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World

by David F. Wells
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0802840078

ISBN-13: 9780802840073

Pub. Date: 04/01/2008

Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company


“It takes no courage to sign up as a Protestant.” These words begin this bold new work -- the culmination of David Wells's long-standing critique of the evangelical landscape. But to live as a true Protestant -- well, that's another matter.

This book is a jeremiad against “new” versions of

Overview


“It takes no courage to sign up as a Protestant.” These words begin this bold new work -- the culmination of David Wells's long-standing critique of the evangelical landscape. But to live as a true Protestant -- well, that's another matter.

This book is a jeremiad against “new” versions of evangelicalism -- marketers and emergents -- and a summons to return to the historic faith, defined by the Reformation solas (grace, faith, and Scripture alone) and by a high regard for doctrine.

Wells argues that historic, classical evangelicalism is marked by doctrinal seriousness, as opposed to the new movements of the marketing church and the emergent church. He energetically confronts the marketing communities and their tendency to try to win parishioners as consumers rather than worshipers, advertising the most palatable environment rather than trusting the truth to be attractive. He takes particular issue with the most popular evangelical movement in recent years -- the emergent church. Emergents, he says, are postmodern and postconservative and postfoundational, embracing a less absolute understanding of the authority of Scripture than traditionally held.

The Courage to Be Protestant is a forceful argument for the courage to be faithful to what Christianity in its biblical forms has always stood for, thereby securing hope for the church's future.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802840073
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
04/01/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
253
Sales rank:
773,443
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Preface     xiii
The Lay of the Evangelical Land     1
The Map     2
Doctrine     2
Culture     3
Classical Evangelicals     4
The Beginnings     4
Two Weaknesses     7
Doctrine Shrinks     7
The Church Vanishes     10
Marketers     13
Emergents     15
Conversing Together     15
Being Open     17
The Fall of the Empire     18
Are You an Evangelical?     18
If Not Evangelical, What?     19
Christianity for Sale     23
Thank You, Corporate America!     25
Getting Up to Business Speed     25
Marketing Megachurches     27
Sale: Prices Slashed!     28
Catering to the Customer     28
A Moment's Reflection     31
Wal-Mart Churches     36
Down with the Traditional Church!     39
A Word of Praise     41
Evangelical Stagnation     42
Engaging Culture     44
Excuse Me!     44
Wrong Result     44
Wrong Calculation     48
Wrong Analogy     50
Wrong Customer     54
The Bottom Line     57
Truth     59
The Self Is Disconnected     60
Our Modernized World     63
Craft     63
Community     64
Family     65
The Changing World Inside     67
We Live Alone     67
Postmodern Selves     69
Power     71
What Is Truth?     72
Christian Truth     75
Biblical Baseline     75
Muddled Emergents     77
Biblical Heartbeat     80
Evangelical Adventures     85
Truth Engagement     89
A Better Way Forward     92
One Truth     93
Integrity     95
God     97
The Lost Center     99
Thinking Biblically     99
Evil     100
Sin     102
The Culture's Answer     104
Emptiness     105
The Gathering Storm     105
Postmoderns Emerge     107
Nothing Makes Sense     109
God Dies, We Die     111
Reinvented Selves     112
God and Modernity     116
Being Recentered     116
Being Private     118
The Inside God     120
What Does Nearness Mean?     121
Misunderstanding God's Nearness     123
The Outside God     124
God Above     124
God as Holy     125
And So ...?     126
There Is a Law     127
There Is Sin     128
There Is a Cross     129
There Is Conquest     130
There Is Obligation     130
Self     135
In Pursuit of the Self     136
The Nation Signs On     138
Virtues to Values     143
Virtues     143
Values     146
Character to Personality     147
Personality Emerges     147
Self-Marketing     148
The Commerce of Images     150
The Fallout     151
Nature to Self     153
Nature     153
Nature Dies     154
Self Emerges     155
Rights     156
Loss     160
Guilt to Shame      162
Shame     162
Guilt     162
Healing Ourselves     163
A Different Universe     165
Rupture     166
Reconciliation     168
It's Not Just about Me     169
About the Salt     170
Where We Stand     172
Christ     175
Christian and Pagan Paths     176
From Below     179
The Facts     179
The Church's Failure     180
The New Journey     182
Secular but Spiritual     186
How Spiritualities Work     187
Nature     188
Sin     191
Speaking     191
From Above     192
Above but Incarnate     193
Christ's Descent     193
An Age Dawns     194
Above and Reigning     197
In Christ Alone     198
Does This Preach?     202
Christ's Rule Now     204
Church     209
Trouble in the House     210
Middling Standards     210
Be Appealing!     213
Losing the Church     214
My Critics      217
The Church's Two Sides     218
Visible and Invisible     218
What Is Hidden     220
Forget Rethinking the Church     222
Distance and Impact     223
Marks of Authenticity     226
Word of God     226
Sufficient     226
Doctrine     228
Preaching     229
Sacraments     233
Discipline     237
Into the Depths     242
Who Builds the Church?     242
God is Sovereign     244
We Are Captive     245
Means of Growth     245
Let God Be God over the Church     246
Index     249

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