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The Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness Hardcover – May 5, 2009


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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books; 1 edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601420811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601420817
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #810,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“From grade inflation to global calamities, Albert Mohler is a steady guide. From the psychological coddling of the American ego to the hollowing of the American conscience, Mohler is unremittingly clear-headed. From Nineveh to New Orleans, Mohler holds the mirror at a blazing forty-five-degree angle between heaven and earth. The burning light of divine wisdom illumines a hundred shadows of our human folly. And at the center of the blaze is the mighty cross of Jesus Christ defining the final meaning of everything. I thank God for Albert Mohler.”
–John Piper, pastor for preaching and vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN

“Al Mohler is a unique gift to the church. His writing combines penetrating theological discernment and insightful cultural analysis with a passion to faithfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m delighted that Al’s wisdom is now available in this book. May it be the first of many.”
–C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries

“In The Disappearance of God, Dr. Mohler has provided a striking, biblically-based treatment of a coterie of compelling issues which threaten the religious public at every turn. With his usual incisive and scintillating analysis, he sorts out healthy from unhealthy influences and charts a path for future church development. If you are serious about navigating our contemporary world, this is a necessary read.”
–Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Fort Worth, Texas

“Here is a picture on the life of the church where it is being troubled, seduced, and attacked by today’s dominant cultural forces. Its analysis is clear and to the point., and its answers are biblically framed, thoughtful, and helpful. I wish there were more books like this!”
–David F. Wells, Distinguished Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


"There is a paucity of prophetic Christian voices today speaking about the dangerous trends in our churches and culture. Albert Mohler is one of those leading voices who provides clarity and conviction in a culture of ambiguity, aimlessness, and ambivalence. I am thankful for his book The Disappearance of God and the clear direction it provides in the murky culture in which we live. Above all, I am thankful for Dr. Mohler and his heart for Christ’s church."
–Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources, and
author of Essential Church and Simple Life

About the Author

Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is an esteemed authority on contemporary issues. A columnist, radio host, and blogger, Dr. Mohler has contributed to The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and appeared on Larry King Live, The Today Show, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and The O'Reilly Factor. Dr. Mohler has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Southern Seminary and has done research at Oxford University. Dr. Mohler and family live in Louisville, Kentucky.

More About the Author

R. Albert Mohler Jr. (PhD, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) serves as the ninth president of Southern Seminary and as the Joseph Emerson Brown Professor of Christian Theology. Considered a leader among American evangelicals by Time and Christianity Today magazines, Dr. Mohler hosts a daily radio program for the Salem Radio Network and also writes a popular daily commentary on moral, cultural, and theological issues. Both can be accessed at www.albertmohler.com.

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Russ Reaves on May 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
In his recent release The Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. treats his readers to an intelligent and insightful critique of present dangerous trends in the culture and in the church while offering profound corrective steps to those who seek to remain faithful to Jesus Christ and His Word. If the material in this book has a familiar to feel to regular readers of Mohler's online commentary [...] it is not a case of deja vu. Though the publisher does not inform the reader in the front or back matter, every chapter of the book is a near verbatim repetition of some of the most salient commentaries published there during 2004 and 2005. While one may understand the desire of an author or publisher to not disclose that fact openly, readers' appreciation and comprehension of the book would be greatly aided if they were told that each chapter was intended to stand alone as an individual essay.

Among the essays contained in this volume is Mohler's landmark call for mature Christians to practice theological triage. This essay has received a wide audience and high praise from evangelicals since its original publication in 2004. The church would perhaps be greatly helped in the present generation by a book-length treatment of this subject by Dr. Mohler in the future. Additional essays treat the subjects of assurance, morality, sin, hell, beauty, the emerging church, liberal Christianity, open theism, church discipline, the "post-Christian" age, missions and preaching. Each essay functions well on its own, offering a solidly biblical analysis of the issue in the present milieu.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Tim Todd on May 8, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I appreciated this book. Our culture appears to be adopting a worldview that more and more discredits or rejects objective, propositional, and authoritative truth. Unfortunately, this view is antithetical to and exclusive of biblical Christianity and faithful Christians. If the church at large puts on these glasses, God (as He is) is in danger of disappearing from their sight.

Al Mohler makes a strong case that the church at large needs to stop being pressed into our culture's mold and return and bolster biblical Christianity in key areas.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Kelly Klepfer VINE VOICE on June 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
My faith is simple. I can often see both sides of an argument and even though there is usually one side I support strongly, I do tend to try to be the peacemaker. So, why am I drawn to deeper looks at some of the most explosive issues that divide those who share my faith? Because I don't want to crush any growth that God's got in store for me or stifle any truth that God would want to give to me.

I've not read Albert Mohler before. The title, The Disappearance of God, intrigued me though the struggles within the Christian denominations and generations exhaust me. I tend to get frustrated when the biting and snarling ends up defeating the whole point of telling people that God so loved the world...because those who define Jesus by His followers don't really have an interest in what any of us are saying when we can't stop the snarking long enough to get it said. The fight within is not attractive in the least. And that is tragic.

However, being informed, defining beliefs, discussing the issues behind the issues make sense to me. Mohler, though a theologian with theological terms and teacher delivery, cuts through the issues and boils it down into a common sense opportunity to see the forest in spite of the trees.

Someone who hasn't spent time in church, or is clueless to what the word doctrine even means may struggle with wanting to go beyond the first few pages. But the rest of us who've been around for awhile, hung out at the doctrinal water cooler, kicked around the usual debates over baptism and eternal security could benefit from Mohler's cut to the issue teaching.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By MasterAP on June 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
R. Albert Mohler Jr. has written a response to the deterioration of Christianity. In The Disappearance of God Mohler goes on the attack against post-modernism, the Emergent Church and its most prominent spokesman, Brian McLaren.
In the small book, we are privy to a loving reaction to a number of problems found within Church walls. These problems include: lack of teaching on sin, the absence of hell in biblical teaching, why the Emerging Church, under McLaren, is on a dangerous path toward heresy, why the church has removed itself from discipline and why pastors no longer preach exposition.
At first glance, those topics may seem boring and very fundamental. However, Mohler points out the dangers to this new way of behaving in church that will keep you turning the pages.
He doesn't exactly support his views with scripture (I missed the footnotes) and this book would be ridiculed by most in the post-modern worldview. But his is a voice that is trying to salvage the basic foundations of the Christian faith. Mohler's point is that, contrary to post-modern thought, there is Truth that is truth for everyone. The pluralistic society we find ourselves living in, can lead to the destruction of authentic Christian faith.
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