God In The Wasteland

I am not very good at writing book reports or very thoughtful reviews of anything. That’s because I usually watch or read things to be entertained, and my entertainment is very simplistic. Will Ferrell movies and books on inner-city basketball stories is good for me (although, some of the inner-city basketball stories are powerful and make you think a lot).

Anyways, I just started reading a book by David Wells called God In The Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams. It’s the second book in a series. I didn’t read the first one, but oh well.

Although I’m only two chapters in, the book is excellent and will definitely make you think. He starts off by showing how the main-line liberal protestant churches went from being big, popular, and “successful” to the exact opposite. This was happening as evangelical churches started to gain popularity and therefore were big and “successful.” This transition started around the end of World War 2 and really took effect in the 70’s. So evangelicals took their popularity and became what they had risen against – a civil religion. The problem with a civil religion is that you start to care more about the politics of the day (whatever they may be) than for God’s truth.

The book is going to look specifically at how modernity has effected evangelicals.

Wells says this:

“The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today is not inadequate technique, insufficient organization, or antiquated music, and those who want to squander the church’s resources bandaging these scratches will do nothing to stanch the flow of blood that is spilling from its true wounds. The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today 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.”


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