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Don't Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus Is Not Enough Paperback – November 27, 2008
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Michael Wittmer is currently Professor of Systematic Theology at GRTS in Grand Rapids, MI. He is the author of Heaven Is a Place on Earth, Don’t Stop Believing, The Last Enemy, and Despite Doubt. He and his wife, Julie, live in Grand Rapids, Michigan with their three children: Avery, Landon, and Alayna.
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Do your conservitive freinds think you might be teetering on the edge of liberalism, while your liberal friends think you are way too sympathetic to the concerns of conservatives?
Ever feel that you are just as disgusted by postmodernism at certain times as you are by modernism at other times, albeit for different reasons?
Well if those sentiments resonate for you, as they do for me, Michael Wittmer can relate, and is trying to work out a deep, Biblically grounded, culturally aware third way forward which embraces the good of each side while critiquing their shortcomings.
To articulate this way forward Wittmer (professor of historical theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary and author of "Heaven is a Place on Earth" a brilliant examination of the new creation) has recently written a second book, "Don't Stop Believing: Why Living Like Jesus is Not Enough".
In his newest work Wittmer eruditely works through some of the most controversial issues in Christian thought today, such as whether or not we need to believe specific things to be saved, if people are basically good, the ethical issues of homosexuality, the controversies of whether penal substitution is divine child abuse, and whether it is even possible to know God or his word in any real sense.
In examining each of these issues (and more) Wittmer steers a path between the extremes of both sides, as he puts it "conservatives fear that postmoderns don't care enough about doctrine, and postmoderns think that conservatives don't care enough about people. Conservatives say we must believe in Jesus, while postmoderns say it matters most that we live like him.Read more ›
Wittmer's position on the conflict between conservatism and postmodernism shows itself in the book's subtitle: "Why Living Like Jesus Is Not Enough." A professor of Systematic and Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary, he is clearly not a person who has recklessly jettisoned theology in order to pursue theology-free living like Jesus. This book is his measured reaction against the postmodern tendency to live like Jesus at the expense of sound theology.
"My goal," he says, "is not to define a certain segment of Christianity but merely to examine the specific questions that many postmodern Christians are asking." The book, he says, is a friendly warning that rejecting abuses may well lead to a slide into equal and opposite errors.Read more ›
A lot of these questions come from a new cultural mindset that is sweeping through the church. A new generation is trying to correct the mistakes and blind spots of earlier generations, and the just see things differently. I saw this in a young crowd recently. The crowd was young and somewhat conservative, but had serious questions that didn't fit the conservative mold.
How should we respond? We could dismiss these concerns and questions, but this would be wrong. They are important questions. A lot of people have them, and we can't wish them away. Besides, many of their concerns contain insights that we need to hear.
We need to face these issues, and that's where Don't Stop Believing by Michael Wittmer comes in. Wittmer is a professor of systematic and historical theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is conservative, but he understands the questions. "I am caught in the middle," he writes. "This book attempts to bring both sides together, eliminating the extreme views of each party and uniting them around a biblical center."
Wittmer tackles the tough issues: tolerance, deeds vs. creeds, original sin, homosexuality, the legitimacy of other faiths, hell, truth, the meaning of Jesus' death, and the truthfulness of the Bible, and more.
What I like about Wittmer is that he deals with the issues honestly and thoughtfully. No cheap shots. No casual dismissal of legitimate questions. No straw men.Read more ›
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Much better than I was expecting, one of the few books that really do speak to liberals and conservatives with equal admonishment and praise.Published 22 months ago by Clubbeaux
This book covers not only why faith (right beliefs/sound doctrine) is a central part of true biblical Christianity, but also seeks to clarify some of those core beliefs. Read morePublished on May 24, 2013 by Joel E. Mitchell
Wittmer argues for the center point between extreme conservatism and liberal theology. I believe he does this best, honestly dealing with conservative oversteps and liberal... Read morePublished on April 8, 2013 by Jason
I thoroughly enjoyed reading Wittmer's first book Heaven is A Place On Earth and picked this up. As another reviewer stated if you feel like you are somewhere in the middle... Read morePublished on October 27, 2011 by Cervant
This book does not seriously analyze any of the issues that it purports to address. Wittmer's book has chapter titles like "Is it possible to know anything? Read morePublished on April 27, 2010 by indyreviewer
Let's say for instance, you decided to invite five of your Christian friends over for coffee in order to engage in conversation about spiritual things. Read morePublished on January 31, 2010 by Shaun Tabatt
I'm guessing that many who will read this review will be younger evangelicals who are aware of the Emerging Church movement. Read morePublished on May 12, 2009 by R. Hayton
In this book Wittmer walks through a series of tough questions facing the Western protestant church trying to find a middle way. Read morePublished on March 31, 2009 by Audio Bibliophile
Don't Stop Believing is a rare blend of academic insight and lively conversation. The text flows easily from humorous examples to meaty theological and philosophical discussions... Read morePublished on March 19, 2009 by Jay Matthews