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God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams Paperback – October 5, 1995
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L. Kriz, Sioux City P.L., Ia.
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As in the kings in the Divided Kingdom, many chose to compromise and/or align with the enemies or allies. We know how this turned out for the church. Will the church today heed prophecy such as Well's before it's too late?
Expressing the opinion that the church is being attacked both within and without to speak different messages with different words, Wells challenges the church to be the church; to say a different message which confronts and challenges the world to align itself with the world's Creator, Redeemer and Sanctifier.
Renewing his distinction between "modernization" and "modernity," Wells grants the material comforts of the former while condemning the spiritual poverty of the latter. Clinging like barnacles to better nutrition and transportation have come fractured families and suicidal adolescents. At the heart of the crisis lies "the central issue with which Our Time must now reckon: the loss of its center" (p. 14). "At its starkest," Wells says, "it is the transition from Mozart to Guns n' Roses, from Aquinas to infomercials, from Milton to gangsta rap. We may now have everything, but none of it means anything anymore" (p. 14). In the midst of this cultural upheaval, the Christian Church has lost its footing. Particularly, Wells holds, evangelicalism has lost its theological foundation, seeking "cultural acceptability by emptying itself of serious thought, serious theology, serious worship, and serious practice in the larger culture" (p. 27).Read more ›
There are two methods of modernism that the Church has incorporated: marketing and giving the people what they want. This results from an attitude shared with capitalism: the people are consumers. This, consequently, makes God the product and the Church the salesman. The terms are irreligious, but as Wells point out, they are used by those practicing a church growth doctrine. The exemplar of this doctrine is George Barna, who applies business models to churches to make them grow. He states that pastors would do better to have a Master of Business Administration degree, rather than a Master of Divinity. Modern pastors need "gifts" of delegation, confidence, interaction, decision-making, visibility, practicality, accountability, and discernment. Barna suggests the power of visual realization, envisioning the large church and making it happen. The greatest controversy is over his idea of adapting the product to the customer's needs.Read more ›
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Great book. The language is a little difficult, however, once the concepts are grasped it give quite an insight into the Church and its ability to thrive in modern society.Published 7 months ago by Arthur Palmer III
This was my first experience purchasing a book for my Kindle. This is an awesome read. I am recommending it to a lot of my
I was not familiar with David Wells until this year, but having read "No Place for Truth," I could not wait to read this one. Read morePublished on July 2, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Writing nearly 20 years ago Wells made a stunning analysis of the cultural decline and prevailing assumptions that contributed. His conclusion? We must return to Biblical truth.Published on May 9, 2013 by Soldier's Mom
This is an outstanding book about what is happening in today's churches. It explains why so many Christians are being born-again but so few disciples are being made. Read morePublished on February 15, 2010 by Caring for lost souls
In "God in the Wasteland..." David Wells continues the examination of the decline of evangelicalism he began in "No Place for Truth" taking it to such a depth of content and... Read morePublished on April 25, 2008 by M. J. Keel