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We live in a distracted, secular age. These two trends define life in Western society today. We are increasingly addicted to habits—and devices—that distract and "buffer" us from substantive reflection and deep engagement with the world. And we live in what Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor calls "a secular age"—an age in which all beliefs are equally viable and real transcendence is less and less plausible. Drawing on Taylor's work, Alan Noble describes how these realities shape our thinking and affect our daily lives. Too often Christians have acquiesced to these trends, and the result has been a church that struggles to disrupt the ingrained patterns of people's lives.
But the gospel of Jesus is inherently disruptive: like a plow, it breaks up the hardened surface to expose the fertile earth below. In this book, Noble lays out individual, ecclesial, and cultural practices that disrupt our society's deep-rooted assumptions and point beyond them to the transcendent grace and beauty of Jesus. Disruptive Witness casts a new vision for the evangelical imagination, calling us away from abstraction and cliché to a more faithful embodiment of the gospel for our day.
|Title: Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age|
By: Alan Noble
Number of Pages: 192
Vendor: InterVarsity Press
|Publication Date: 2018|
Weight: 9 ounces
Stock No: WW844838
"This accessible, timely book provides concrete strategies for individuals and churches desiring a robust 'disruptive' Christian witness in a distracted, secular age."-- Publishers Weekly starred review, May 28, 2018
" Disruptive Witness is a timely, relevant work of cultural diagnosis, thought-provoking even if you dont agree with all of Noble's prescriptions."-- Influence Magazine, June 28, 2018
"As a theologian of culture, Noble reminds us that Christian discipleship entails the habitual renewing of our minds, which is dependent on the power and work of the Holy Spirit. Even without the myriad distractions available to us, that work will never be easy or quick. It requires perseverance, patience, and time. With Disruptive Witness, Noble has plowed a stony field beautifully, allusively, and I am eager to see what harvest will emerge from the seeds."-- Laura M. Fabrycky, Fathom Magazine, July 17, 2018
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