No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?  -     By: David F. Wells
Buy Item InStock18.99$18.99 Retail: $28.00 Save 32% ($9.01) Add To Cart


Add To Wishlist

No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1993 / Paperback

$18.99 (CBD Price)
|
Retail: $28.00
|
Save 32% ($9.01)
Buy 24 or more for $18.04 each.
Availability: In Stock
CBD Stock No: WW0747

FLASH-SALE
  • Others Also Purchased (15)
Others Also Purchased (15)

Product Description

Written expressly to encourage renewal in evangelical theology, this book explores the interface between Christian faith and the modern world in entirely new ways and with uncommon rigor.This sweeping analysis examines the collapse of theology in the church, the academy, and modern culture, raising profound questions about the future of conservative Protestant faith.

Product Information

Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 336
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1993
Dimensions: 9 X 6 (inches)
ISBN: 080280747X
ISBN-13: 9780802807472
Availability: In Stock

Other Customers Also Purchased

  1. Principles of Conduct, Aspects of Biblical Ethics
    Principles of Conduct, Aspects of Biblical Ethics
    John Murray
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1991 / Trade Paperback
    $13.99 Retail: $20.00 Save 30% ($6.01)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 1 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW2811442
  2. Taking the Word to Heart: Self and Other in an Age of Therapies
    Taking the Word to Heart: Self and Other in an Age of Therapies
    Robert Campbell Roberts
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1993 / Trade Paperback
    $30.15 Retail: $33.50 Save 10% ($3.35)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW806598
  3. Until Justice and Peace Embrace; The Kuyper Lectures  1981 Delivered at the Free University of Amsterdam
    Until Justice and Peace Embrace; The Kuyper Lectures 1981 Delivered at the Free University of Amsterdam
    Nicholas Wolterstorff
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1983 / Trade Paperback
    $19.80 Retail: $22.00 Save 10% ($2.20)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW819802
  4. The Garments of Torah: Essays in Biblical Hermeneutics
    The Garments of Torah: Essays in Biblical Hermeneutics
    Michael Fishbane
    Indiana University Press / 1992 / Trade Paperback
    $24.94
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW207524

Related Products

  1. Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision
    Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision
    David F. Wells
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1999 / Trade Paperback
    $15.99 Retail: $24.00 Save 33% ($8.01)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW46726
  2. Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ in a Postmodern World
    Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ in a Postmodern World
    David F. Wells
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / Trade Paperback
    $11.49 Retail: $18.00 Save 36% ($6.51)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 3 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW824552
  3. Reformed and Always Reforming: The Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology
    Reformed and Always Reforming: The Postconservative Approach to Evangelical Theology
    Roger E. Olson
    Baker Academic / 2007 / Trade Paperback
    $21.99 Retail: $26.00 Save 15% ($4.01)
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW031694
  4. The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth Lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World
    The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth Lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World
    David F. Wells
    Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 2008 / Hardcover
    $18.49 Retail: $26.00 Save 29% ($7.51)
    5 Stars Out Of 5 5 Reviews
    Availability: In Stock
    CBD Stock No: WW840073

Publisher's Description

Has something indeed happened to evangelical theology and to evangelical churches? According to David Wells, the evidence indicates that evangelical pastors have abandoned their traditional role as ministers of the Word to become therapists and "managers of the small enterprises we call churches." Along with their parishioners, they have abandoned genuine Christianity and biblical truth in favor of the sort of inner-directed experiential religion that now pervades Western society.

Specifically, Wells explores the wholesale disappearance of theology in the church, the academy, and modern culture. Western culture as a whole, argues Wells, has been transformed by modernity, and the church has simply gone with the flow. The new environment in which we live, with its huge cities, triumphant capitalism, invasive technology, and pervasive amusements, has vanquished and homogenized the entire world. While the modern world has produced astonishing abundance, it has also taken a toll on the human spirit, emptying it of enduring meaning and morality.

Seeking respite from the acids of modernity, people today have increasingly turned to religions and therapies centered on the self. And, whether consciously or not, evangelicals have taken the same path, refashioning their faith into a religion of the self. They have been coopted by modernity, have sold their soul for a mess of pottage. According to Wells, they have lost the truth that God stands outside all human experience, that he still summons sinners to repentance and belief regardless of their self-image, and that he calls his church to stand fast in his truth against the blandishments of a godless world.

The first of three volumes meant to encourage renewal in evangelical theology (the other two to be written by Cornelius Plantinga Jr. and Mark Noll), No Place for Truth is a contemporary jeremiad, a clarion call to all evangelicals to note well what a pass they have come to in capitulating to modernity, what a risk they are running by abandoning historic orthodoxy. It is provocative reading for scholars, ministers, seminary students, and all theologically concerned individuals.

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.

Editorial Reviews

Time
"A stinging indictment of Evangelicalism's theological corruption."

Booklist
"An excellent addition to a theologian's library, this thorough study of the development of current evangelical expression will also inform the philosopher, the social observer, the cultural anthropologist, and even the interested general reader. . . Though profound, the book is easily approachable. Ecumenical thinkers will rank this presentation as the evangelical contribution to current interfaith dialogue."

Religious Studies Review
"A ground-breaking work in evangelical self-criticism. . . This book is must reading not only for evangelicals, but for those who know little and care less about the current evangelical constituency that now numbers a third of U.S. population. The acuity of Wells's analysis, as well as his self-critical spirit, show something of the intellectual prowess and recuperative powers within evangelicalism, and thus represent a small counterpoint to his otherwise accurate assessments."

Themelios
"While David Wells's careful reflection on the state of evangelicalism is firmly rooted in an American context, his analysis is so powerful and far-reaching that the Church throughout the Western world can scarcely to ignore it. . . This is a compelling book which must be taken seriously."

Christianity Today
"Wells's book is designed to be controversial. . . Many will agree with his incisive critique of modernity. Many of his pithy statements . . . will surely find their way into sermons. . . Wells is right in his claim that evangelicalism, if not evangelical theology, is flirting with abandoning objective truth through benign neglect. . . Wells's book can serve as a catalyst for evangelical self-examination."

Evangelical Journal
"I can find no fault with the method, style or validity of Wells' presentation. His demonstration of the changes wrought by modernity was both insightful and enjoyable; it provided the essential backdrop for his arguments about individualism and conformity, and their effects on the twentieth-century Christian. Especially impressive was his articulation of the changes wrought in the pastoral office. . . His writing style is scholarly, but accessible. . . . I would highly recommend No Place for Truth to everyone who now holds, or in the future plans to hold, a position of leadership in the church. It should be required reading at evangelical theological seminaries."

Product Reviews

4.7 Stars Out Of 5
4.7 out of 5
(2)
(1)
(0)
(0)
(0)
Quality:
out Of 5
( out of 5)
Value:
out Of 5
( out of 5)
Meets Expectations:
out Of 5
( out of 5)
0%
of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
SORT BY:
SEE:
Displaying items 1-3 of 3
Page 1 of 1
  1. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    September 4, 2008
    Donald R. Larter
    I think your average Christian reader would probably do herself a favor by reading the last chapter of Wells book, and then putting it down. In fact, the copy I read had little penciled-in check marks in the margin every so often in the last chapter only, whereas there were none in the earlier chapters! Perhaps this is because the concluding chapter went a long way toward bringing the many disparate elements of the bulk of the book together.I agree with Wells that without a fully orbed theology of confession, reflection and wisdom, a revival in America that does not have as its basis the traditional bedrock truths of the faith will come to naught, a brief flash in the pan. What we need, then, is another Reformation, with modern-day Luthers nailing their 95 Theses to the doors of their churches, which today resemble shopping malls more than churches!Not having read Wells follow-up book God In the Wasteland, I can only hope he concentrates less on theory in that book and more on practice. How, for example, should Christians today express their commitment to truth in winning and winsome ways without compromise? What should biblical sermons sound like today? How can local churches inoculate congregants from that knee-jerk reaction of Boring! when attempting to incorporate sound theology into church curricula? And last, what is a short list of non-negotiable truths Christians must be committed to?
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    March 30, 2008
    Stephen
    Excellent book, I read it years ago and have returned to it on occasion, I just purchased it recently to give to a friend.
  3. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 5, 2005
    Bob Ladwig
    This book is a sounding of the alarm to the state of the evangelical church in America. Wells clearly maps out and diagnosis past and present trends in the church particularly with the infiltration of post-modern thought. Post modern theological views are only becomming more and more "christianized" in this book is the discription of the disease while his next book "God in the Wasteland" is the vaccine.
Displaying items 1-3 of 3
Page 1 of 1

Ask Christianbook

Back
×

Ask Christianbook

What would you like to know about this product? Please enter your name, your email and your question regarding the product in the fields below, and we'll answer you in the next 24-48 hours.

If you need immediate assistance regarding this product or any other, please call 1-800-CHRISTIAN to speak directly with a customer service representative.

Find Related Products

Author/Artist Review

Start A New Search