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2.0 out of 5 stars Radical? Really?, January 25, 2011
This review is from: Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream (Audio CD)
The first chapter pushed me to examine my own commitment to God.
That's the reason I'm willing to give him two stars. But as I continued to read, I kept asking, "Where does radical come into the book?"

I've been a serious Christian for 50 years. What he calls radical we thought of as the normal way for Christians to live. Well, not quite. True, we weren't much involved in the humanitarian aspects of Christianity, but we understood--and practiced--the disciplines. We gave generously to send missionaries into the far reaches of the world. We believed they could be more effective by going and living in foreign cultures and learning the language. That meant we were serious and committed, but I doubt that any of us thought of ourselves as radical.

This pastor of a 4,000 member church is obviously gifted and has a huge following. At least twice he mentioned his blind spot, and one of them is his inability to realize that he doesn't live a radical Christian lifestyle.

What if he lived in the slums of Birmingham, gave up his nice salary and depended on God to provide for his needs? What if he gave his money to people who already knew the language and culture in underdeveloped nations instead of making his endless trips overseas? I'd call that radical
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Initial post: Jan 6, 2012 7:11:05 PM PST
M. Myers says:
Maybe this should be the standard for every Christian, but it's certainly not the standard most American Christians now live by. Just as an example, most American Christians give little or nothing of their income. I can see why you'd say the standards were higher decades ago, but even then they didn't describe the way most American Christians lived. And even if it were, I'm not sure why you'd be opposed to calling people back to such standards. It's also worth pointing out that almost no Christians 50 years ago were living lives of radical devotion to God by quitting their jobs and moving to slums as you are implying Platt should do.

I also don't think it's particularly helpful to base your arguments based on your belief about how Platt is now, or should be, leading his life. We have a lot of writings by people who did those things you say you'd be impressed by, and who pleaded for the same things Platt challenges us to. Yet the whole church is not yet listening to those writings. I don't think we can fault Platt for adding his voice to the challenge, even if he hasn't arrived yet.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 6, 2012 1:08:26 PM PDT
Mother Teresa, anyone?
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