Every week a terrorist attack, riot, or political scandal makes the headlines—and we feel the world around us shaking again. We struggle to separate truth from biased statements and hope from naïveté. We wonder how we got here and where these uncertain days will take us.
One of the world’s top investigative reporters, John S. Dickerson, addresses this post-truth, post-Christian society in Hope of Nations.
Hope of Nations shows us how and why the world is changing, where those changes will lead, and what it looks like to live like Christ in today’s society. With fascinating historical and political background, Dickerson helps us understand:
- The five major forces driving global change in the world today
- Why violent displays of Islam continue resurfacing
- The incoming moral, social, and political impact of American millennials
- Ten ways to respond biblically to trends shaping the world right now
- How to live with Christian courage and compassion in tumultuous times
“Times of great social upheaval are times of great spiritual opportunity,” writes Dickerson. “You can live the adventure of this era with great purpose. You can know with confidence that the Creator of the universe appointed you to bring light and life to this moment in human history.”
Among the youngest award-winning journalists and a seminary-trained pastor, Dickerson brings his reporting skills, generational perspective, and biblical insights to this groundbreaking book.
Get a larger view of what is happening with your community, your government, and your international neighbors in this thoughtful look at global events in light of your unique Christian calling.
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About the Author
John S. Dickerson is a prize-winning research journalist, a seminary-trained pastor, and a frequent commentator in national news outlets like USA Today. He aggregates cultural trends, sociology, and historical understanding to give Biblical insight into world events and Christian living today. John’s first book, The Great Evangelical Recession, has equipped tens of thousands to understand the future of the church in the United States. John serves as the Lead Pastor of Connection Pointe Christian Church in the Indianapolis metro area.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Understanding Our New Reality 11
Part 1 What Is Happening, and Why?
1 My Hope for the Nations 21
2 What Is Happening? 30
3 Pre-Tremors 53
4 Forces 1 and 2: Humans Are Sinning and Satan Is Scheming 66
5 Force 3: Ideologies Are Warring 73
6 Force 4: Western Civilization Is Unraveling 123
7 Force 5: Christ and His People Are Prevailing 170
Part 2 Where Will It Lead?
8 What Can and Cannot Happen 179
9 The Nine Post-Christian Trends We Will Face 189
Part 3 How Will We Live?
10 What We Can and Cannot Control 195
11 The Nine Manifestos We Can Embrace 201
12 Rooted to Scripture in a Post-Truth Era 204
13 Training Our Young in a Post-Knowledge Era 209
14 Known for Doing Good in a Post-Church Era 217
15 Dignifying All People in a Post-Human Era 222
16 Ambassadors in a Post-Christian Era 227
17 Loving Our Persecutors in a Post-Decency Era 239
18 Calm in a Post-Prosperity Era 248
19 Invincible in a Post-Liberty Era 252
20 Fearless in a Post-Peace Era 263
About the Author 283
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The sub-title of this offering from John S. Dickerson is: Standing strong in a post truth, Post Christian World. The write-up on this book, as it pertains to what Dickerson hopes to convey is the following: Hope of Nations shows us how and why the world is changing, where those changes will lead, and what it looks like to live like Christ in today’s society. With fascinating historical and political background, Dickerson helps us understand: The five major forces driving global change in the world today. Why violent displays of Islam continue resurfacing. The incoming moral, social and political impact of American millennials. Ten ways to respond biblically to trends shaping the world right now. How to live with Christian courage and compassion in tumultuous times. I was excited about digging into the book and discovering the promise of hope in the face of the trouble that would be outlined. But I failed to come away satisfied that the book offered any compelling sense of hope. It seemed to me that even in the midst of discussing Jesus, the church and the hope they carry. Expressing through scripture the role of the church, and explaining the future in some context I felt more defeated for what was to come and what is now. I guess for a book that promises hope I was wanting to see at least 1/2 spent on outlining this promise and walking us through, not only less than 1/3 and at that have the trouble scattered in with it. I also have trouble with the fact the book is supposed to be about the nations (the world as one) but focuses entirely on the United States alone. Except to point out the problems other nations experience, even then it is to show how the US can learn from this. This is a very closed mindset for the author to approach writing from. Admittedly I approached reading this with the assumption I would encounter hope in heaps and I walked away somewhat discouraged. I would also say the book read more like a text than one with a solid life application sense. This maybe why is it listed in business and culture and not Christian living. As to a recommendation, I’m not even sure what to say here. If you’re looking for a book that is well researched and outlines what the church is facing, this is one for you. Just don’t have high hopes that you will come away feeling recharged and full of the hope promised. *I received this book free from Book Look Bloggers in exchange for an honest review. These are my personal thoughts.
John S. Dickerson is a prize winning research journalist, a seminary trained pastor and a frequent commentator on national news outlets. Because Mr. Dickerson is a research journalist he has all the facts and figures and charts to prove his point. Our current population falls into a truth-based nation we are slowly being diminished due to the baby boomers fading off the scene. While our nation was founded on Judeo-Christian values, through a series of events; Islamic violence, forces driving global changes, and an education system that has risen to minimize our blessed history we see our nation drifting. Mr. Dickerson does an excellent job of explaining our dilemma and the impact happening. From my personal view I believe he expresses the facts quite well and is challenging those who want to see change to ACT. While he admits we probably will never go back to our truth-based status, it can be slowed by being a voice for truth. Post-truth is based on feelings but truth-based is based on facts: history, and an understanding of our nation's Judeo-Christian values and the blessings the USA has had because of those values. While becoming the post-truth seems alright and "what difference does it make" attitude, the seismic shift is causing much struggle in our nation. Abraham Lincoln's profound speech, "A nation house divided against itself, cannot stand," is sadly we have become a nation divided against itself. So, after reading multiple chapters with facts and figures to back up his thesis, John begins to explain in detail the nine ways to respond Biblically to trends shaping the USA and other western leaning nations. Each of the nine responses are well thought out and should be taken seriously. He also asks the best question to ask anyone after reading this, "What do you personally plan to do to promote the name of Jesus Christ and His truth to the people around you?" Because you see that is our nation's only long term hope. I received the book from Handlebar for free for the purpose of review.
HOPE OF NATIONS Standing Strong in a Post-Truth Post-Christian World written by John S Dickerson is a strategically written book of a seminary trained former journalist. I struggled to read this book, mid-way through I realized that my problem was found in the title. “Hope” and “Post-Truth Post-Christian”, for me it was like telling me: Learn how to survive as you go to hell. I found it difficult to shake off this impression as I journeyed on. This is a good book for intellectuals but not the casual reader. In Hope of Nations the author succinctly details what the problem is with society today and why it happened. He details his opinion as to how a Christian should address this “Post-Truth” condition that we are all destined for, again this is his perspective. The author uses historical data to justify his opinion and uses Scripture to validate what he has written. His, the author’s, presentation of information though accurate plagues with my personal theology; I prefer to use biblical principles and precepts to analyze what has happened in the past as well as what is happening now. Far to many theologians justify their personal ideology by extracting Scriptures. (To be fair John S Dickerson states this Post-Truth Post-Christian world “may happen’ not that it will.) I have read the Book of Revelation as well as the rest of the Bible and I know that stuff has happened, is happening and will happen. The term “Post-Truth” bothers me because I believe that there will never be a time in which there is “post” truth. The truth will always exist but, as we see clearly in society today, it is not always acknowledged. (Romans 1:18:22) One of the Conclusion found in HOPE OF NATIONS as it relates to “So what will we do?” is: “We will resolve to live as though we are engaged in a spiritual war for the souls and minds of humanity.” (Page 277) Since Adam at the fruit in the Garden of Eden we have been in a spiritual battle thus this is not what we “will do” it is what every Believer in the Trinity should be doing now. The book does contain an excellent historical perspective of society in general. In order to present hope for any nation I would have preferred the writer discuss why God will heal the land and how, despite the adversities we see, God’s children always overcome. If you read this book from a historical perspective you will find it interesting. I am appreciative of the opportunity to review the book. written by Marsha L F Randolph I received this book free from the publisher through HANDLEBAR program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.