- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Baker Books (August 1994)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0801038707
- ISBN-13: 978-0801038709
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 7.7 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #483,282 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Fit Bodies Fat Minds: Why Evangelicals Don't Think and What to Do About It (Hourglass Books) Paperback – August, 1994
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Guiness sketches eight different ways in which the "high point" of the Puritan Christian mind has declined; Polarization, Pietism, Primitivism, Populism, Pluralism, Pragmatism, Philistinism and Premillenialism.
While I would generally agree with much of his analysis here, I wondered how Arminianism (in contrast to Calvinism) has contributed to the decline. It was a very interesting idea; the Arminian-Calvinist issue is one I'm currently exploring in my own study. His section on eschatology (the doctrine of last things; Christ's return, Rapture etc..) was also strange; eschatology is not a field that I have studied. I would agree that an excessive preoccupation with "end-times" can distract Christians from acting in the present (which seems to be his point) but otherwise I don't really see the significance of this point. One idea that came up several times in this section is the degradation of belief, theology and doctrine; a shift that has severely affected American evangelicalism. One of the memorable quotes in the Pluralism chapter from G.K. Chesterton, "Tolerance is the virtue of those who don't believe anything." Chesterton and Guiness were no doubt referring to the philosophical position of tolerance (i.e. regarding all propositions as true) rather than the idea of simply peacefully co-existing. This is personified in such quotes from Billy Sunday as, "I do not know any more about theology than a jack-rabbit knew about pin-pong.Read more ›
I usually read for an hour or so each morning over coffee at a local fast food joint, i find if i don't get out of the house at this time, that i don't get out of the house at all. I was lamenting the slowness of my reading to a person i have gotten acquainted with while sitting in my favorite booth there. He told me my problem was that i am trying to reading books that are too long, i suspect he isn't much of a reader, but his point is well taken. So this very short, 150 pages book is my attempt to take his advice to heart. The trouble is that this book is not an easy read, not because it's topic is complex but because of its structure, i started the book and put it aside several times because it seems too disjointed and choppy. It wasn't until chapter 10 on advertising that i realized that the book's structure is deliberate and made to mirror the criticism he makes of the shallowness of Christian intellects, i know i am slow, but i eventually got it.
The average chapter is about 5 pages long, the book reads like a series of slogans strung out together on a clothes line, with cuteness in phrasing common. There is little complexity of thought with points then defense and analysis but rather a structure that mentally looks like an outline.Read more ›
The evangelical world is in trouble: we have a higher divorce rate and a higher bankruptcy rate than society at large. Few will address this problem seriously because few will acknowledge that there really is a problem--at least a serious one.
Guiness has hit the nail on the head. Our churches are dumbed-down and we have a long history of contempt for thinking. This book is a must for all who recognize that all is not well within evangelicalism.
There are times the author is unfair, as, for example, in his chapter about premillennialists. When many amillennial seminaries were denying the faith, it was the premillennial movement that became the bastion for solid doctrine. Among the non-feeling oriented premillennialists, doctrine and truth are often quite valued.
Despite some pet aggravations the author mishandles, this book is a MUST and should serve as a blueprint for changing course into a better direction. We must no longer applaud ignorance and view thinking as "heartless." Read this book!!!
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Fit Bodies Fat Minds: Why Evangelicals Don't Think and What to Do About It... This product encourages me to think better.Published 22 months ago by Sheila O.
I contend that the road to thinking Christianly must be taken by first seeking wisdom and guidance from the reading of scripture and being in communion with God. Read morePublished on November 2, 2011 by Jordan
I contend that part three, Let My People Think, In Oz Guinnes's book, Strong Bodies, Fat Minds, is very well written and explains a true message; however, In supporting of his... Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by KR
The Part three starts off with a very nice illustration in which 'Hodja' (A famous person in the middle-east), loses his ring in a dark room and instead of searching for it where... Read morePublished on October 4, 2011 by Herald Gandi
The premise of this book is simple. In our culture, we tend to take extreme measures to improve our bodies, but we let our minds vegetate. As Kudzu on p. Read morePublished on November 3, 2008 by Webfoot
Os Guinness is probably my favorite contemporary author and cultural critic with such outstanding works as The Call, The American Hour, The Great Experiment, Prophetic Untimeliness... Read morePublished on June 12, 2006 by Dan Panetti
This is an important book but we must realize that it is written for a popular audience. Thus, what we essentially have is 152 pages of Os Guinness' conclussions not 550 pages of... Read morePublished on August 12, 2005 by Rondall Reynoso