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Normal Pastor1 Stars Out Of 5Steer ClearJuly 19, 2021Normal PastorFor the record: I am a Southern Baptist pastor with conservative political views. I did not purchase this book, but it was given to me by a church member to read and review. So I am going to try and be as fair as I can here, but this book is a muddled, agenda-driven mess.
From the jump, the author suggests that the gospel is under attack and that the Church is in danger. This cannot be true. The gospel is an announcement of victory and accomplishment, not of attempt and possibility. There can be threats to our understanding of the gospel, but the gospel itself cannot possibly be threatened or thwarted.
Further, terms are not defined. Where they are defined, the author is inconsistent with his own descriptions and twists them to meet his own needs. For instance: somehow, the "Christian Left" subscribes to a theology that is Calvinistic, Universalist, and Pelagian. I'm sorry that is impossible. Liberalism is also ill-defined, and theological liberalism and political liberalism are seen as one and the same. In fact, the terms "Christian," "Conservative," and "traditional" are all used synonymously.
Further, the book is presented as academic, but the sources are laughable. Almost every source is a blog, op-ed piece, or conspiracy theory. The handful of scholarly sources are either a) the author's other book, b) historical sources which are taken out of context or c) false teachings (Dr. Jim Richards is quoted throughout). Opposing arguments are presented in the worst possible light and the author seems to have a willful ignorance of the shortcomings of his own views. For instance, Miles repeatedly chastises "the Christian Left" for getting in bed with politics and attempting to legislate morality all while ignoring the fact that this has been standard practice among conservatives for 40+ years. Pot, meet kettle.
Bottom line: Miles' understanding of God is small and weak, and this book is sad and unnecessarily alarmist. In many places, this book reads like a manifesto on Christian Nationalism and is not at all interested in preserving an authentic, Biblical, Christ-centered Christianity. Rather, its sole focus seems to be preserving a vague, nominal Christendom. Don't read it.
Mere Christian5 Stars Out Of 5Very TimelyJune 4, 2021Mere ChristianQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is a must read for all Christians. The book covers a lot of the cultural issues that's affecting the church today and it's very unsettling to see what it resulted in. Although this book points out lot of the problems with leftism and liberal thinking, the right and conservatism isn't immune to issues as well. So the question is, how can we break the barriers on both sides and come to unity as believers? You'll have to read the book the find out!
Mopar Grammy1 Stars Out Of 5The Chritian LeftMay 10, 2021Mopar Grammydo not buy this book! it is the hardest book to understand! it is horrible and only got through 3 chapters before. ditching it! mayb someone at the library can get into it.
Rev. Reese5 Stars Out Of 5The other review is neither honest nor accurate.April 20, 2021Rev. ReeseQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5Unfortunately Marxism has infected the American church to the degree that Christians now belive things like being Pro life or believing in basic Christian priniciples are politcal. While I do see how the author probably comes from a more conservative viewpoint I do not see how his views are unbiblical. I do not believe that Christian in Iowa the other person who left a review actually read the book.
Christian in IowaIowaAge: 35-44Gender: Female1 Stars Out Of 5Avoid at All CostsApril 13, 2021Christian in IowaIowaAge: 35-44Gender: FemaleThis book is driven by a political agenda and does not align with Biblical principles.
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