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too many imprecisions
on January 26, 2009
Driscoll has the right idea. I was looking to promote a newer book that provides a short, simple, and theologically accurate explanation of the nature of God. For the most part, Driscoll meets the criteria. For the most part, that is. As a bonus, Driscoll throws in some apologetics and various worldview stuff (which turn out to contain maybe the best material in the book).
Short. It is that, though I was unable to read it in an hour (despite the advertisement in the intro). It took me a couple but, admittedly, I stop often to underline and make notes.
Simple. There are some big words that those new to apologetics will trip on but the author generally does a good job of defining the terms if the context doesn't already take care of it.
Accurate. Here's where I'm not altogether thrilled with the book. I was in disagreement with how the attributes were assigned but that's not the end of the world. What really got me were the numerous theologically and otherwise imprecise statements.
For example, there is a statement about "mere monotheism" (p. 30) as if Trinitarianism is qualified monotheism. Later, (p. 57) Driscoll asserts that Jesus' claim to be God "crushed the monotheists' claim that God is anyone other than the Trinitarian God of the Bible." But orthodox folks never make such a claim and they are always monotheistic. Yes, some monotheists deny the Trinity but Driscoll doesn't spell out who they are as he should. It's a bit like telling a foreign exchange student, "The southerners' claim that whites are superior has been refuted." It pays to be specific- that's all I'm saying.
Also, Driscoll writes (p. 59) that "no leader of any religion has ever claimed to be God." Is he counting out the cults? In fact, plenty have made such a claim.
On page 66, Driscoll equates "Christian" with "little Christs". Yikes! That's Benny Hinn talk. I know what he means but these are dangerous grounds in my opinion. In fact, a Christian is a Christ-follower; let's leave it at that. I don't want anyone to think me a "little Christ". I need the Messiah. I'm not one, not even a miniature version.
On the same page, Driscoll writes that Christians "worship Jesus alone as God." This would make any modalist smile. But the statement is not true. Christians worship Father, Son, and Holy Ghost as God.
There were several other lines that were potentially confusing for an immature believer but they may not deserve mention here.
Those who have studied will survive Driscoll's occasional sloppiness, but those folks aren't the target. If the book aims to introduce the immature believer to a theological book, however small, it should take into greater account that immature believers need to be handled with care. Theological precision is a must.
The book has zest which counts in its favor. For example, "It is also said that pain, matter, and evil are unreal illusions, which does not make any sense after you stub your toe as you leave your yoga class." I was actually hoping for more of this.
One final thing: The book is overpriced. It is 6"X6" by 3/16" thick. It seems like $5.99 would be about right.