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No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelial Theology
October 1, 2016
Age: Over 65
I read this book for the second time, having read it several years ago, then giving the first copy to my pastor. This is must reading for anyone genuinely interested in the evangelical church, and the deteriorating trends which has led it away from the biblical principles upon which it was founded.
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?
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.