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"The latest clarion call in the never-ending cavalcade of "what's new" in the evangelical world is the confident assertion from some quarters that the church needs to embrace "postmodernism" if it is going to engage postmoderns effectively. Pastors trying to break down the often indigestible subject matter of postmodernism into bite-size chunks in order to equip their people to engage it, and teachers who are aiming at giving their students a working knowledge of the way postmodernism is impacting the church will find a good deal of help from Smith."
—J. Ligon Duncan III, Chancellor and John E. Richards Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, Mississippi
"Scott Smith and I agree on a lot. We share a deep commitment to Jesus Christ, a love of the Bible, and a passion for the church. We also agree that we're currently living in a liminal time, and it's those "boundary times" when people look most closely at the beliefs that underlie their practices. So, we've all got some things to figure out right now, including what we can really know and the certainty with which we can state our claims in a pluralistic society. I appreciate Scott's voice in this conversation. He is a careful reader of my work, and he writes with a gracious and generous tone. Interlocutors like Scott will be a helpful challenge to all of us in the 'emerging church.' I consider him a friendly critic and a brother in Christ."
—Tony Jones, Author of Postmodern Youth Ministry and National Director, Emergent
"Scott Smith is uniquely suited to enter the Emergent conversation with this helpful volume. Not only is he an analytic philosopher with a razor-sharp mind who has specialized in analyzing postmodernistic views on the relationship between language and the world, but he is also a man who cares for the lost, loves the church, and has an ability to communicate complex truths to people in the pew."
—Justin Taylor, blogger, Between Two Worlds
"Every leader in the new Emergent Movement will want to read this fascinating book. They simply will not find a more engaging, knowledgeable, balanced, and kind treatment of their concerns, ideas, and practices."
—Craig J. Hazen, Professor of Comparative Religion, Biola University
"Scott Smith's study challenges us to take seriously the truth claim of the gospel both in how we proclaim it in words and in how we manifest it in our personal and community lives."
—Gary Inrig, Senior Pastor, Trinity Church, Redlands, California
R. Scott Smith is Assistant Professor of Ethics and Christian Apologetics at Biola University in California. He is the author of Virtue Ethics and Moral Knowledge. Dr. Smith has lectured and presented numerous times on his specialty, postmodernism, and he is also the secretary-treasurer of the Evangelical Philosophical Society.
I'm always wanting to read books that deal with the Christian faith. It seems like Christianity is changing and moving away from scripture. Read morePublished on August 18, 2012 by Robert K. Davis
This book is amazing. It is very helpful in understanding the Emergent Church and what are the positive and negative effects of it. It is very insightful and a great read!Published on April 3, 2011 by Rick D
I had the pleasure of having Dr. Smith as my last professor while at Biola University. He taught two classes, one on organization ethics and another on moral decision making. Read morePublished on October 17, 2008 by Rawim
Smith provides a well written, well thought out and reasoned argument against post-modernism thinking in Christianity, and its effects on the "emerging church. Read morePublished on April 4, 2008 by Frank Dmuchowski
This is an excellent and fair response to the movement that is taking over in many Christian circles. R. Read morePublished on November 2, 2007 by E. Johnson