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Chameleon Christianity: Moving Beyond Safety and Conformity Paperback – February 28, 2003
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A rapid look at the title might give the impression of one more attack on evangelicalism. Dick Keyes provides plenty of diagnosis, but the essence is positive and centered on remedy. With brilliant simplicity he repudiates our lazy tribalism to lead us to the exhilarating adventure of gospel hope. -- William Edgar
Dick Keyes has given us a clear, condensed picture drawing together ideas which permeate todays films and discussions assuming that everyone agrees. A reading of this book is important as a help in keeping a balance. -- Edith Schaeffer
Dick Keyes has given us a sure-footed and judicious analysis of why we must be in our postmodern world but not of it. -- David Wells
Dick Keyes' vision is of clear-headed, uncompromised churches challenging Western post-Christianity rather than retreating from it or caving in to it. This small book merits careful reading and deep pondering. -- J. I. Packer
Provid[es] a better way to engage and transform society. Chameleon Christianity's likely audience will include those personally interested in making a difference in their sphere of influence, especially professionals, academics and others seeking to cross cultural chasms. -- Christian Retailing, March 4, 1999 --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Dick Keyes, graduate of Harvard and Westminster Seminary, worked at LAbri Fellowship in Switzerland and England and now directs the L'Abri residential study center in Massachusetts. He is author of Beyond Identity and True Heroism. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This is an excellent read for all evangelical, conservative Christians and would be a good resource for anyone preparing a sermon or study series on Matthew 5:13-16. It would also make a good primary small group text for those interested in considering their own congregation's response to the immediate community and to the culture at large.
Keyes suggests four methods of recovering the proper relation of the Christian to the culture. First, every believer must come to a deeper understanding of apologetics. The writer explains that there are many roadblocks for the lost to understand and accept Christianity and that these roadblocks must be carefully navigated if the believer wants to fulfill the expectation of being the salt and light which the Savior has called them to be. Second, the reader is called to logically reject relativism. Relativism is the moral code of modern society, but this moral code is flawed. Only in Christ does one find the solution to the problem of relativism. Third, the writer calls for an embrace of the church as a community. In the face of an individualistic society, Christianity offers true community. This reality confronts and challenges the lost because they have nothing to compare with it, because it appeals to something transcendent - something different and better. Keyes offers a number of challenges to churches and explains what a salt and light community in today's culture really looks like. Finally, Christians are called to recover their foundations. In this last chapter, believers are called to look back to their hope in the Gospel and the final apologetic of love, and to live in those. In these four ways, modern believers can move away from polarized extremes and towards a true outreach to the community outside the faith.