The Wages of Spin: Critical Writings on Historic and Contemporary Evangelicalism  -     By: Carl R. Trueman
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The Wages of Spin: Critical Writings on Historic and Contemporary Evangelicalism

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Do you have an opinion? There is an increasing tendency in Evangelical circles to regard disagreement in our allegedly post-modern world as inherently oppressive. Too many people sit on the fence and ignore, or are unaware of, the fact that Christianity is an historical religion. As Laurence Peter once said "History repeats itself because nobody listens." The point of having a debate is not to have a debate and then agree to differ (sitting around in a mutually affirming love-fest)--the point of debate, as the Apostle Paul clearly demonstrates time and time again in the book of Acts, is to establish which position is right. With this collection of essays, Carl Trueman will provoke you into thinking for yourself--and to have an opinion on things that matter!

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: Christian Focus
Publication Date: 2005
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ISBN: 1857929942
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Do you have an opinion? There is an increasing tendency in Evangelical circles to regard disagreement in our allegedly post-modern world as inherently oppressive. Too many people sit on the fence and ignore, or are unaware of, the fact that Christianity is an historical religion. As Laurence Peter once said "History repeats itself because nobody listens." The point of having a debate is not to have a debate and then agree to differ (sitting around in a mutually affirming love-fest) - the point of debate, as the Apostle Paul clearly demonstrates time and again in the book of Acts, is to establish which position is best.
Carl Trueman's intends to provoke you with this collection of essays into thinking for yourself and to have an opinion on THINGS THAT MATTER!
You can listen to the author as he speaks about this book here on "Pilgrim radio".

Author Bio

Carl Trueman is the Paul Woolley Professor of Historical Theology and Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He has contributed to the Dictionary of Historical Theology, the Dictionary of National Biography, The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology and the Blackwell Companion to Modern Theology.

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"Essential reading even if some of the blows come home all too easily. The church needs this prophetic analysis of our self-centered churches and organizations."
"Volumes of collected essays depend not on the topic so much as the author to draw our interest. I cannot think of a young evangelical writer and theologian whose works I more eagerly read than Carl Trueman."
"Carl Trueman affirms the historic evangelical faith with great force and clarity and with excellent judgement. The inspiration and authority of Scripture, the atonement, justification, the importance of systematic theology, and of the historic creeds and confessions, are here given a ringing affirmation. Dr. Trueman is fearful that at the very time when our crazy world needs the four-square gospel more than ever it is being seriously weakened by the influence of postmodernism, consumerism, and the loss of a sense of history, both in the church and the Christian academy. The author would be happy enough if these essays make you think, but happier still if they persuade you to think - and to act - as an unashamed evangelical."
"Dr. Trueman has the wit of a modern day evangelical Chesterton, the prophetic insight of a Francis Schaeffer and the accessibility of a John Stott. This is a book to read and re-read... this is not the cheap point scoring of tabloid theology."
"This collection of essays and observations shows the author as a master wordsmith... It will challenge, stimulate, inform and teach. It confirms Dr Trueman's place as one of contemporary evangelicalism's most dynamic young theologians."

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    Carl Trueman is one of the most critical thinkers in the field of historical Christian theology today. In this small but powerful volume, he challenges many of the contemporary approaches by which we package the Gospel in light of the historic Christian faith. "The Wages of Spin" (the intriguing title which first drew me to the book) is divided into two parts. In part one there are six evangelical essays that appear to be taken from Trueman's lectures and/or debates. Part two contains shorter, blog-type entries. Both sections present compelling arguments for the recovery of historic Reformation approaches to witness and worship that are frequently missing in today's church. One may not agree en toto with everything the author writes, but it is difficult to find argument with his reasonable logic. Trueman's style is clear and concise, sprinkled with doses of timely and appropriate humor. Both the content and format of this book are on the order of a less-scholarly theological journal. That is an observation, not a criticism. It does, in fact, leave the reader wanting more. It is difficult to know exactly in which section of one's personal library it should be placed, but it is well-deserving of being included.
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