- Hardcover: 1096 pages
- Publisher: Inst for Christian Economics (September 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0930464745
- ISBN-13: 978-0930464745
- Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 6.5 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,033,215 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Crossed Fingers: How the Liberals Captured the Presbyterian Church Hardcover – September, 1996
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Gary North here accomplishes what no one else has even attempted: a thorough look at how the liberals took over the most prominent Mainline denomination. You may think this is old news: it's not. You may think it's irrelevant: you're wrong.
Southern Baptists should pay especially close attention (and North heavily tips his hat to Paul Pressler and Paige Patterson): this is the same general plan of attack that was used in the SBC up to the conservative resurgence. It is also the ongoing strategy in many of our state conventions and at schools like Baylor and Wake Forest.
Crossed Fingers is both a scholarly history that everyone from John Frame to Adrian Rogers will appreciate, and an action manual for how to defeat liberal takeovers. It's a big book (a very big book), and some people might get lost in the preface and the forward (if you sense yourself getting lost, just move on to the Introduction. I don't recommend this, but it's a valid option), but it is must reading for anyone who cares about keeping the church faithful to it's Master.
(See also Paul Pressler's new "A Hill on Which to Die.")
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although i found it difficult to read online and purchased a second hand copy.
How do you review a 1000 page book?
Well, i finished it, actually quite an accomplishment. For North is an author i love to hate, i put the book down in disgust and picked it up the next day because i don't want to miss anything. North is a polemic, a fighter, nasty, often name calling, self centered, provocative, interesting, wordy, well i guess you get the picture. What the book is not: it is not strictly history, but rather something a little higher up the food chain, philosophic/theological interpretation of history, conspiracy theory, covenant theory in action, something like all these mixed together. North's extraordinary value as a writer and as a theologian is the confidence and strength his well tuned mental system produces in his works. His confidence in himself and his ideas is oftentimes overwhelming and always alluring. The problem i have is that i always put the book(s) down and have to ask myself "is this really true?" or "is this really Scriptural?" or is he overstating the case to win the debate in his mind. That is the great weakness of this book in particular, it really needed 6 months of careful research and fact checking in 1996 when it was published. You are always aware that he seems to bend the facts, both by omission and by simply being confidently wrong in order to support and prove his theories.
His big ideas are interesting and worth the time it takes to wade through the book.Read more ›
As to the potential popularity of this book - I think North sums it up pretty good at the beginning of the book:
"I wrote this book for Christians who are tired of being milked, bilked, and forced to ride
silently in the back of humanism's bus. If this is you, keep reading. Understand, however,
that you are part of a small remnant: a person who is willing to pick up a book about one
aspect of Presbyterian Church history. The final remnant will be even smaller: those who
finish reading this book. Few are called; even fewer are chosen. But cheer up; there are
words of comfort available: "Woe is me, my mother, that thou hast borne me a man of strife
and a man of contention to the whole earth! . . . . The LORD said, Verily it shall be well
with thy remnant; verily I will cause the enemy to entreat thee well in the time of evil and in
the time of affliction" (Jer. 15:10a-11)."
Albert Jay Nock spoke of a remnant too - but he was certainly no postmillennialist like North. Despite the depressing picture North paints in this history, he remains faithfully committed to a view of things getting better in the end.
- a thorough history of presbyterianism with particular emphasis of the battle with liberalism in the 1800-1900s
- North publishes his own books and so he is not at the mercy of editorial approval
- North is fairly repetitive. It's intentional. It helps to retain the idea he is presenting. If you read this book, you will have expressions like, "The crucial issue was sanctions.Read more ›
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