With real, inspiring stories of faith in action, How Now Shall We Live? encourages readers to present the gospel in a way that will capture the imaginations, minds and hearts of a culture that is entrenched in the lies of relativism and self-before it's too late.
International prison ministry leader Colson, most famous for his role in the
Watergate scandal and his subsequent conversion to Christianity, has co-written
with Pearcey what he believes to be the most important book of his career.
Picking up where the late American theologian Francis Schaeffer's book and film
series How Then Shall We Live? left off, Colson attempts to explain why
American culture has become "post-Christian" and what must be done to "rebuild
it with a biblical worldview." He believes that Christian salvation is not just
personal but "cosmological," redeeming all of creation. Colson's work is a
mixed bag. When he outlines his theology, shares personal stories or explains
the various Supreme Court cases that touch upon religion's role in American
life, he is thoughtful and articulate, yet the work suffers from a narrow
perspective and an overdependence on the opinions of a few others, especially
Schaeffer. As the author of a book that ostensibly engages recent developments
in science, art and philosophy from a Christian point of view, Colson too
easily dismisses opposing views without expressing a full understanding of them
(Stephen Hawking's time theories amount to "little more than fantasy," for
example). Such an approach to humanist ideas makes this a sermon strictly for
the evangelical choir, although Colson intends the book to inspire debate in
the wider culture and Tyndale is launching a $250,000 marketing campaign to
sell it. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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