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

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2008 / Hardcover

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The Courage to be Protestant is a dynamic argument for the courage to be faithful to what biblical Christianity has always stood for, thereby securing hope for the church's future.
Wells argues that the historic, classical evangelicalism is one marked by doctrinal seriousness, as opposed to the new movements of the marketing church and the emergent church. He confronts the marketing communities and what he terms their "sermons-from-a-barstool and parking lots and apres-worship Starbucks stands." He also takes issue with the most popular evangelical movement in recent years - the emergent church. Emergents are postmodern and postconservative and postfoundational, embracing a less absolute, understanding of the authroity of Scripture than Wells maintains is required.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 240
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 2008
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ISBN: 0802840078
ISBN-13: 9780802840073
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Publisher's Description

"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.
 

Author Bio

David F. Wells is the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. An ordained Congregationalist minister, he is also the author of more than a dozen previous books.

Author Bio

David F. Wells is the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. An ordained Congregationalist minister, he is also the author of more than a dozen previous books, including: No Place for Truth, Above All Earthly Pow'rs, God in the Wasteland, and Losting Our Virtue.

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Calvin Theological Journal
"An importantly different book.
 
Theological Book Review
"The Courage to Be Protestant is an engaging and interesting book and deserves to be read by anyone interested in the current state and development of American evangelicalism."
 
Choice
"Recommended."
 
Bibliotheca Sacra
"Fascinating and alarming. . . . [Wells’] warning should be taken seriously by all thinking Protestants."
 
Reformed Theological Review
"In an age that is awash with the desire to be relevant and post-confessional, David Wells’ book is a necessary and brave corrective."
 

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  1. Coral Gables, Fl.
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    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Excellent Analysis of Postmodern Christianity
    February 3, 2012
    Andes71
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    Excellent thought-provoking look at the challenges facing Christianity in the Western, Post-Modern world. The author analyzes Evangelicalism in the West through three main strands: The mainline Evangelical tradition, the Market/Seeker Friendly model, and the Emergent Church movement. Analyzing the issues facing each, the author makes a bold and strong case for Evangelicalism in the West finding its center in Christ alone, through the authority of God's Word. The author repeatedly states how Christianity, in the desire to become relevant to the culture has made itself irrelevant in the Postmodern World. A great read to challenge both the lay person and the leadership of churches. It is time for solid doctrine to make a comeback in Evangelical Christianity.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    January 29, 2010
    Andrew
    Excellent! One of the most important books I have ever read. I was curious why Wells placed the chapter on truth before the chapter on God, but this order hardly matters because God is the main subject throughout this work. I believe he arranged the material this way for the sake of his argument. Nevertheless, this arrangement may give some readers the wrong impression. Along with heartily recommending this book I recommend the following reading strategy: read it one chapter at a time, taking breaks in between, and give yourself at least an hour to read each chapter. I found this way - rather than reading a few pages or a few minutes at a time - was best for helping me follow Wells' argument. Enjoy the book apply its message!
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 8, 2008
    Richard Lewelling
    Very good book. I have read a portion of the book and look forward to completing the book. It is well done and researched!
  4. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 12, 2008
    Helen Zimmerman
    Such helpful information on the current church situation. Thank you for helping us understand what is happening to the church today. Every pastor should read this book!
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    July 8, 2008
    Rev. Doyle Peyton
    Wells is always insightful. This work is a helpful analysis of how the church got to where it is today. It is a very quotable book. I feel all his books could use some boiling down. I wish it had more bite in a way that I suppose only Tozer could do it. Even he admits in the book it is not high on giving answers to the problems presented.
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