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Posted June 14, 2010
The Shack: Unauthorized Theological Critique by Tim Challies
I grabbed this "book", better called a 18 pages word document, as I was going to book group reading "The Shack. I should have recognized the word CRITIQUE. While Challies gives you the feeling he is going to help with a Bible Study on this fantastic fiction book you soon find he Tim Challies is the exact same religious people Mack from the book is not very happy with.
Challies is obviously on the defensive as soon as academia is challenged and the "church" is held accountable. I find his short paper to closed minded and not seeing the bigger picture the Shack address Forgiveness. He misses the simplest points trying to make this fiction work written for young people into a challenge to theology. Where Young describes Christ death and God's forgiveness as the essences of The Shack Tim finds fault is the way Young explains it so a young Christian could understand it. He could have been as easily been discounting the egg example for the Trinity as heresy because somehow compared God to something making the example an image.
This is ten bucks better kept in your pocket. One star because there is no choice for NO stars.
This paper is a great example of academic Bigotry, education snobbery. In fact just the audacity of this author to call this a book speaks volumes. I find it sad that bright people, young and old, on fire for their beliefs head to centers for higher education only to have their lights snuffed out by the jaded opinions of those who hold education and publication over original thought and Spiritual led awareness from their hiding places in those institutions.
In the Ministry I see this so much lately also. An immediate dismissal of one who has not attended seminary. Not even that simple. Dismissal and disgust of another's thoughts if they did not attend the "correct" Seminary. Of course this is true on many levels of most every colleges today.
When they see a profound thought their question is not to expand the thought or the origin of the thought but of the of what graduate school did the thinker attended. As if the acceptance of a thought outside the ones own heritage of education is heresy.
The last paragraph of " The Shack: Unauthorized Theological Critique by Tim Challies" says it all about the authors feeling of "The Shack" "
.. I urge you, the reader, to exercise care in reading and distributing this book. The Shack may be an engaging read but it is one that contains far too much error. Read it only with the utmost care and concern, critically evaluating the book against the unchanging standard of Scripture."p17
Posted August 1, 2009