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Letters to a Diminished Church: Passionate Arguments for the Relevance of Christian Doctrine Paperback – September 6, 2004
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This collection does not exhaust Sayers' essays, but collects seven from her 1947 book, Creed or Chaos, and other works including Unpopular Opinions, and Begin Here. This collection also seems hastily edited, with numerous typos. The book cover reads, "Includes discussion questions," which seem to have been inadvertently omitted. Nevertheless, reading Dorothy L. Sayers is an unforgettable experience, and this volume provides a good introduction to a fascinating and provocative thinker and writer. Essays include: 1. The Greatest Drama Ever Staged; 2. What Do We Believe?; 3. The Dogma is the Drama; 4. The Image of God; 5. Creative Mind; 6. Creed or Chaos; 7. Strong Meat; 8. The Other Six Deadly Sins; 9. Christian Morality; 10. The Triumph of Easter; 11. Why Work?; 12. Toward a Christian Esthetic; 13. The Faust Legend and the Idea of the Devil; 14. A Vote of Thanks to Cyrus; 15. The Writing and Reading of Allegory; 16. Problem Picture.
It is clear that the Church is still largely diminished, especially in the northern hemisphere. The only hopeful signs in the Church today are coming from the global south, where people are coming to a vigorous faith in Jesus and are carrying out the life implications of that faith. Readers will find this book disturbing, convicting, inspiring, and empowering.
Now, the text needs to be re-edited due to a number of typos. I have already alerted the publisher to this need and after two months have had no response.
Please buy the book, start a reading group, and read this book now.
It is impertinent to agree or disagree with a doctrine or philosophy of which one is basically clueless. Agree or disagree only when you have the facts and can do so from knowledge.
Some essays in this book were absolute gold, such as "The Dogma is the Drama," but the majority of them I didn't care to read at all, such as "Toward a Christian Esthetic." The book still had some great insights and is worth reading.
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This was definitely a good read with a lot of suppositions about why certain church's may not be growing.. I think it's a must read for any future church leaders and pastors...Published 1 month ago by David Pniewski
Definitely my favourite author after P.D. James. Sayers' dry and sometimes caustic wit makes for entertaining reading. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Vashti
It's DLS, so that says it all. Her mind about spiritual subjects is impossible to find today IMHO.Published 22 months ago by Meredith
I really enjoy Dorthy's work! This book can be a bit ponderous and definitely sounds like when it was written, not modern speech, but is well worth the reading. Read morePublished on July 20, 2014 by G.S. Zimmerman
If you want to be challenged, this will do it. Whether you are a Christian or not, this is fascinating.Published on May 4, 2014 by John D. Husmann