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No Place for Truth: or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology? Paperback – December 20, 1994
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"A stinging indictment of Evangelicalism's theological corruption."
"An excellent addition to a theologian's library, this thorough study of the development of current evangelical expression will also inform the philosopher, the social observer, the cultural anthropologist, and even the interested general reader. . . Though profound, the book is easily approachable. Ecumenical thinkers will rank this presentation as the evangelical contribution to current interfaith dialogue."
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"A ground-breaking work in evangelical self-criticism. . . This book is must reading not only for evangelicals, but for those who know little and care less about the current evangelical constituency that now numbers a third of U.S. population. The acuity of Wells's analysis, as well as his self-critical spirit, show something of the intellectual prowess and recuperative powers within evangelicalism, and thus represent a small counterpoint to his otherwise accurate assessments."
"While David Wells's careful reflection on the state of evangelicalism is firmly rooted in an American context, his analysis is so powerful and far-reaching that the Church throughout the Western world can scarcely to ignore it. . . This is a compelling book which must be taken seriously."
"Wells's book is designed to be controversial. . . Many will agree with his incisive critique of modernity. Many of his pithy statements . . . will surely find their way into sermons. . . Wells is right in his claim that evangelicalism, if not evangelical theology, is flirting with abandoning objective truth through benign neglect. . . Wells's book can serve as a catalyst for evangelical self-examination."
"I can find no fault with the method, style or validity of Wells' presentation. His demonstration of the changes wrought by modernity was both insightful and enjoyable; it provided the essential backdrop for his arguments about individualism and conformity, and their effects on the twentieth-century Christian. Especially impressive was his articulation of the changes wrought in the pastoral office. . . His writing style is scholarly, but accessible. . . . I would highly recommend No Place for Truth to everyone who now holds, or in the future plans to hold, a position of leadership in the church. It should be required reading at evangelical theological seminaries."
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Both books touch on similar subjects, though with different emphases. Both are concerned with the decline of what Noll calls "the life of the mind" within American evangelicalism; and both are concerned with how authoritative Christian thought can be sustained in this modern or postmodern world. I suspect that Noll's book has proved the more popular, even if the only direct evidence for that is the number of customer reviews on this site: 29 for Noll; 12 for Wells. And both books were published a year apart -- Wells in 1993, and Noll the following year. With a title like that, Noll was always going to be onto a winner!
However, I suspect that one of the reasons for these differing figures is that Wells writes from a different perspective, one that ultimately makes more demands on the reader. Another might be that Wells' position is subtly yet noticeably more pessimistic. Noll is an historian who is eminently capable of working in theology; Wells is a theologian who is eminently capable of working in history. One only has to look at satellite television to realise which of these subjects is the more popular; and I hope that nobody reading this review imagines that Christian television has any connection with theology!Read more ›
- `Worship' is the pinnacle of the church service. Worship is considered successful based on the feelings of those involved.
- Sermons are focused on self-gratitude and self-esteem rather than the Bible.
- Theology is considered a bad word, just a few rungs higher than Hitler.
- The Bible is used only to support a thought, belief or idea rather than our thoughts, beliefs and ideas being based on the Bible.
- The `experience' of God is more foundational than the truth of God.
- 53% of those claiming to be Bible-believing, conservative Christians claim there is no such thing as "absolute truth."
The title of this book summarizes it well. The author's main point is that Evangelical churches have been heavily influenced by the culture and have thus lost the conviction that truth is absolute and theology is important. With this as a premise for the book, the author writes (sometimes painstakingly) about the process by which our Western culture has morphed into what it is today. With detail, the author then traces the history of Protestantism that later spawned Evangelicalism. Weaving it all together, the author presents how Evangelicalism has succumbed to a relativistic culture. And ultimately how this led to the death of theology.
How has all of this happened? The stated purpose of David Well's book is "to explore why it is that theology is disappearing. (emphasis mine)" No claim is made for the content of theology, or even for the poor quality of theology. This is not the intention of the book.Read more ›
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Excellent read for those who are into Christian apologetics. This is a fantastic resource! Well written - not too complicated, not too simplified. Just right! Read morePublished 7 months ago by 2yorkiemama
excellent and timeless .a must read for all serious thruth seeking believers.Published on July 16, 2014 by manfred
This is a very detailed and thoughtful record of the transition from Theology ruling believers lives to our current situation where Theology has no place except in the minds and... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by virginia t.
If you, like me, have not read this book, it is a must read. David Wells pulls so many strands of thought or the lack of it together demonstrating the historical development of the... Read morePublished on June 12, 2013 by Amazon Customer
If you are going to read Wells it would be good to have a command of the english language or a dictionary nearby. I inadvertently bought books 2 and 4. Read morePublished on June 1, 2013 by Kenneth R. Isakson
"No Place for Truth," by David F. Wells is as relevant if not more so today (2013) than it was when it was written twenty years ago. Read morePublished on May 1, 2013 by Doug Erlandson
This is an excellent prognosis of current malaise of the church and how it has been influenced by the popular culture.Published on October 7, 2012 by Suman Jha