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The Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness Hardcover – May 5, 2009

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“From grade inflation to global calamities, Albert Mohler is a steady guide. From the psychological coddling of the American ego to the hollowing of the American conscience, Mohler is unremittingly clear-headed. From Nineveh to New Orleans, Mohler holds the mirror at a blazing forty-five-degree angle between heaven and earth. The burning light of divine wisdom illumines a hundred shadows of our human folly. And at the center of the blaze is the mighty cross of Jesus Christ defining the final meaning of everything. I thank God for Albert Mohler.”
–John Piper, pastor for preaching and vision, Bethlehem Baptist Church, Minneapolis, MN

“Al Mohler is a unique gift to the church. His writing combines penetrating theological discernment and insightful cultural analysis with a passion to faithfully proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. I’m delighted that Al’s wisdom is now available in this book. May it be the first of many.”
–C. J. Mahaney, Sovereign Grace Ministries

“In The Disappearance of God, Dr. Mohler has provided a striking, biblically-based treatment of a coterie of compelling issues which threaten the religious public at every turn. With his usual incisive and scintillating analysis, he sorts out healthy from unhealthy influences and charts a path for future church development. If you are serious about navigating our contemporary world, this is a necessary read.”
–Paige Patterson, President, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary Fort Worth, Texas

“Here is a picture on the life of the church where it is being troubled, seduced, and attacked by today’s dominant cultural forces. Its analysis is clear and to the point., and its answers are biblically framed, thoughtful, and helpful. I wish there were more books like this!”
–David F. Wells, Distinguished Research Professor, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary


"There is a paucity of prophetic Christian voices today speaking about the dangerous trends in our churches and culture. Albert Mohler is one of those leading voices who provides clarity and conviction in a culture of ambiguity, aimlessness, and ambivalence. I am thankful for his book The Disappearance of God and the clear direction it provides in the murky culture in which we live. Above all, I am thankful for Dr. Mohler and his heart for Christ’s church."
–Thom S. Rainer, president and CEO, LifeWay Christian Resources, and
author of Essential Church and Simple Life

About the Author

Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr., President of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, is an esteemed authority on contemporary issues. A columnist, radio host, and blogger, Dr. Mohler has contributed to The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal and appeared on Larry King Live, The Today Show, The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer, and The O'Reilly Factor. Dr. Mohler has a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Southern Seminary and has done research at Oxford University. Dr. Mohler and family live in Louisville, Kentucky.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Multnomah Books; 1 edition (May 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1601420811
  • ISBN-13: 978-1601420817
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 0.8 x 7.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #774,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In his recent release The Disappearance of God: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness, Dr. R. Albert Mohler Jr. treats his readers to an intelligent and insightful critique of present dangerous trends in the culture and in the church while offering profound corrective steps to those who seek to remain faithful to Jesus Christ and His Word. If the material in this book has a familiar to feel to regular readers of Mohler's online commentary [...] it is not a case of deja vu. Though the publisher does not inform the reader in the front or back matter, every chapter of the book is a near verbatim repetition of some of the most salient commentaries published there during 2004 and 2005. While one may understand the desire of an author or publisher to not disclose that fact openly, readers' appreciation and comprehension of the book would be greatly aided if they were told that each chapter was intended to stand alone as an individual essay.

Among the essays contained in this volume is Mohler's landmark call for mature Christians to practice theological triage. This essay has received a wide audience and high praise from evangelicals since its original publication in 2004. The church would perhaps be greatly helped in the present generation by a book-length treatment of this subject by Dr. Mohler in the future. Additional essays treat the subjects of assurance, morality, sin, hell, beauty, the emerging church, liberal Christianity, open theism, church discipline, the "post-Christian" age, missions and preaching. Each essay functions well on its own, offering a solidly biblical analysis of the issue in the present milieu.
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I appreciated this book. Our culture appears to be adopting a worldview that more and more discredits or rejects objective, propositional, and authoritative truth. Unfortunately, this view is antithetical to and exclusive of biblical Christianity and faithful Christians. If the church at large puts on these glasses, God (as He is) is in danger of disappearing from their sight.

Al Mohler makes a strong case that the church at large needs to stop being pressed into our culture's mold and return and bolster biblical Christianity in key areas.
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My faith is simple. I can often see both sides of an argument and even though there is usually one side I support strongly, I do tend to try to be the peacemaker. So, why am I drawn to deeper looks at some of the most explosive issues that divide those who share my faith? Because I don't want to crush any growth that God's got in store for me or stifle any truth that God would want to give to me.

I've not read Albert Mohler before. The title, The Disappearance of God, intrigued me though the struggles within the Christian denominations and generations exhaust me. I tend to get frustrated when the biting and snarling ends up defeating the whole point of telling people that God so loved the world...because those who define Jesus by His followers don't really have an interest in what any of us are saying when we can't stop the snarking long enough to get it said. The fight within is not attractive in the least. And that is tragic.

However, being informed, defining beliefs, discussing the issues behind the issues make sense to me. Mohler, though a theologian with theological terms and teacher delivery, cuts through the issues and boils it down into a common sense opportunity to see the forest in spite of the trees.

Someone who hasn't spent time in church, or is clueless to what the word doctrine even means may struggle with wanting to go beyond the first few pages. But the rest of us who've been around for awhile, hung out at the doctrinal water cooler, kicked around the usual debates over baptism and eternal security could benefit from Mohler's cut to the issue teaching.
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A good run down on what is wrong with the modern churches. He also provides actions to correct the wrongs. He seems to be little extreme at times but this does detract from the overall value of the book. I will let readers decide on their own.
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Mohler begins by outlining a process to determine priorities in theological debate. First order beliefs cannot be compromised at all, and distinguish orthodox Christians from others. Second order convictions keep believers from full cooperation, but not from communion in Christ. Third order beliefs exist within single congregations. Mohler will focus in this book on first order beliefs and issues related to them.

These include: Assurance of salvation and the doctrine of perseverance; the necessity of faith in God for true virtue; the fact, nature, and ultimate seriousness of sin; hell and eternal punishment for unrepentant sinners; a Christian view of beauty; the need to insist on a core of truths which define orthodoxy, and therefore the fundamental weakness of the Emerging Church; the sovereignty of God (vs. the so-called "openness of God"); the necessity of church discipline; the existence of absolute truth given by revelation from God, and our access to it through the Scriptures; the nature of marriage as the union of one man and one woman; the necessity of faith in Christ for eternal salvation, and thus of evangelism and missions; and the urgent need for expository (as distinct from "needs-based") preaching.

As always, Mohler writes clearly, calmly, and convincingly. He is aware of other points of view; indeed, his whole book is an exercise in examining opinions which differ from his own, which happen also to be bedrock convictions of Christians throughout the centuries. He has read widely, has tried to understand what others are saying, and has framed his critique of postmodern departures from biblical truth within the ranks of professing Christians, including evangelicals, without rancor or cant.
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