The Way of the (Modern) World: Or, Why It's Tempting to Live as if god Doesn't Exist

The Way of the (Modern) World: Or, Why It's Tempting to Live as if god Doesn't Exist

by Craig M. Gay
     
 
Foreword by J. I. Packer

Does God really matter for today’s Christians? Craig Gay addresses this issue in his The Way of the (Modern) Word: Or, Why It’s Tempting to Live As If God Doesn’t Exist.

Gay takes a critical look at the modern world and exposes the foundational worldview of contemporary secular society and the ideas that undergird

Overview

Foreword by J. I. Packer

Does God really matter for today’s Christians? Craig Gay addresses this issue in his The Way of the (Modern) Word: Or, Why It’s Tempting to Live As If God Doesn’t Exist.

Gay takes a critical look at the modern world and exposes the foundational worldview of contemporary secular society and the ideas that undergird modern culture. Gay shows how, for Christians, one of the most seductive temptations fostered by these ideas is the temptation toward practical atheism—living as if God does not matter. Practical atheism has become so attractive that even some Christian churches have embraced it.

In The Way of the (Modern) World Gay describes in detail the far-reaching consequences of practical atheism and what it will eventually mean for Christians. Yet Gay is not without hope for today’s Christians. Arguing for the eviction of certain modern ideas from our churches, he shows that there is a biblically sound way to live in but not of the world.

Editorial Reviews

Theology Today
"Well-informed and theologically-thoughful analysis of our situation... A most serious and thoughtful study."
University Bookman
The Way of the (Modern) World addresses a topic that is of paramount concern to those who believe in a transcendent reality. Even those who are not predisposed to evangelical Christianity or trinitarian orthodoxy will appreciate Gay's characterization of the modern secular ethos.... Gay's study will prove invaluable to those perplexed by the phenomenon of modern secularism.
Ecumenist
Here is an evangelical theologian who honours the social tradition. This is a book worth reading.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573831222
Publisher:
Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
Publication date:
07/28/1998
Pages:
338

What People are saying about this

Richard John Neuhaus
Gay joins erudition to lucidity in exploring the soullessness of a modernity blind to the ultimately personal character of all that is. This is cultural and intellectual criticism of a high order, an invitation to the clear thinking that opens a way for faith.
David Walsh
Gay's survey of the many dimensions of the modern secular ethos is a tour de force. It masterfully dissects the components of the modern secular worldview in its political, technological, economic, cultural, and theological expressions. Yet this remains a profoundly hopeful book as its Christian viewpoint inescapably indicates.
David F. Wells
This book was waiting to be written, and Craig Gay has brought his considerable expertise to bear in writing it. He has given us a thorough, far-reaching analysis of the modern world that raises an awkward question Christians may not wish to ask: How should we think and live in such a world? If we do not know how to answer that question, however, we do not know what it means to be Christian.

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