The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World

The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World

The Courage to Be Protestant Truth lovers Marketers and Emergents in the Postmodern World It takes no courage to sign up as a Protestant These words begin this bold new work the culmination of David Wells s long standing critique of the evangelical landscape But to live as a true Protestan

  • Title: The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World
  • Author: David F. Wells
  • ISBN: 9780802840073
  • Page: 394
  • Format: Hardcover
  • It takes no courage to sign up as a Protestant These words begin this bold new work the culmination of David Wells s long standing critique of the evangelical landscape But to live as a true Protestant well, that s another matter This book is a jeremiad against new versions of evangelicalism marketers and emergents and a summons to return to the historic It takes no courage to sign up as a Protestant These words begin this bold new work the culmination of David Wells s long standing critique of the evangelical landscape But to live as a true Protestant well, that s another matter This book is a jeremiad against new versions of evangelicalism marketers and emergents and a summons to return to the historic faith, defined by the Reformation solas grace, faith, and Scripture alone and by a high regard for doctrine Wells argues that historic, classical evangelicalism is marked by doctrinal seriousness, as opposed to the new movements of the marketing church and the emergent church He energetically confronts the marketing communities and their tendency to try to win parishioners as consumers rather than worshipers, advertising the most palatable environment rather than trusting the truth to be attractive He takes particular issue with the most popular evangelical movement in recent years the emergent church Emergents, he says, are postmodern and postconservative and postfoundational, embracing a less absolute understanding of the authority of Scripture than traditionally held.The Courage to Be Protestant is a forceful argument for the courage to be faithful to what Christianity in its biblical forms has always stood for, thereby securing hope for the church s future.

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    I began at the end of Wells' five volume set on American evangelicals. The book was superb, though dated in a few places. I expected to read this book and find a critique of all those folks "out there." But instead I was convicted of how many areas I have bought into postmodern thinking. My desire for comfort, ease, the enthronement of self, and my too low view of sin all became clearer as I read the book. As the Stones say, "You can't always get what you want but if you try sometimes well you m [...]

    The book helpfully charts the splintering of evangelicalism into truth-lovers, marketers, and Emergents. The author suggests that much of our loss of voice today has to do with the fact that we have become sola scriptura in profession only, but in reality we have become sola cultura. The magnificent world that humanity has built today is ironically a place that is inhospitable to the human soul. And unfortunately, the church, instead of calling, men and women forth out of that culture, has inste [...]

    Gold. Insightful and biblical, winsome and vital - very much a book for Christian leaders and thinkers (and churchgoers) to challenge the cultural defaults of consumerism, pragmatism and therapeutic-ism (!) and to do the hard work that's needed to see where we need to reclaim the biblical distinctives that ought to form the foundation for what church and worship and a Christian worldview are as well as what they spawn. Challenging, inspiring and a great book to share and discuss. Plus if you rea [...]

    A great summary of the previous 4 books Wells has written on culture. I think "Above All Earthly Pow'rs" is his best, and since it was such a paradigm shifting book for me, I confess that I didn't find the same passion in this volume than AAEP. Still, Wells is a great writer and The Courage to be Protestant is a great condensed version of his thought.

    Sample quote: "My conclusion is that absolute truth and morality are fast receding in society because their grounding in God as objective, as outside of ourself, as our transcendent point of reference, is disappearing." [my transcription of the audiobook]

    A fitting contribution to Wells' ongoing demolition of the pretensions of contemporary evangelicalism.

    Review title: From freedom to courageCapping off a series that started with J. Gresham Machen's Christianity and Liberalism from the 1920s and Karl Barth's The Humanity of God from the 1950s is this survey by Wells of his last four books on modern Protestant theology in the "postmodern" world of the 21st century. The decline in the Christian doctrinal maturity of both churches and believers is so sharp and sudden since Machen and Barth that a theologian of orthodox Christianity like Wells is no [...]

    In The Courage to be Protestant, David Wells notes there are three major groups splintering within the evangelical church now that threaten the entire movement's original cause (though one of them is remaining faithful and seeks to preserve it). There are smaller groups that are splintering of course, but the focus is on the three major movements. The word "evangelicalism" is rooted in the word "evangel" which means Gospel. This was the fundamental basis upon which the phrase "evangelical" came [...]

    David Wells writes about evangelical church culture with the passion of a prophet and the understanding of a sociologist. He validates his claim that evangelicalism (is) infested by the culture in which it lives. p 8 The following pages describe the effects of this infestation and prescribe Gospel-centered solutions. Truth is lost in creative worship. Chapter 5, worth the price of the book, diagnosis culture's worship of self and it's move into the church. He closes with a reminder of God's Sove [...]

    This book, like much of his other works, is a stunning look at the shallowness of American Evangelicals. I found it to be incredibly insightful and very worth the read.Wells, as he has done before in other works, examines modernity and postmodernity's work on people and upon believers in this culture. Then he argues that Protestant distinctive s are the proper corrective for today's evangelicals. I couldn't agree with him more.

    Excellent excellent excellent!! I loved it!But it has to be one of the worst titles in history.I get it after reading it. He has little hope for what is called 'evangelicalism' and is falling back to the reformation, and therefore he's calling us back to historical protestant belief.While critiquing shallow fluffy faith, he briefly defined solid orthodox faith, which I found very helpful. Go David Wells!!

    While I don't find Mr. Wells to be the most engaging writer I've foundI very much respect him as a thinker. And this books that explores how our society of "self" has impacted the church and our views of God, church and Christ is well worth the effort!

    Professor David Wells has written four books on the topic of Protestantism in the postmodern world: No Place for Truth, God in the Wasteland, Losing our Virtue, and Above All Earthly Pow'rs. This book is, in a sense, both a summary and an expansion of those books. Wells thinks well about the issues raised by the 'marketers' (those treating church as a business, aka mega-churches and seeker-oriented churches) and the 'emergents'. He delves deeply into the theological issues raised by these moveme [...]

    Because Wells covers so much ground in this work it is hard to review. His insights are nearly always brilliant, as he combines a passion for biblical truth with his observations about culture and its impact over the last 50 years on Evangelicalism, Christian thought in general, and our understanding of church. In his critique of (post)modernism and both the seeker-sensitive movement and emergent church he reveals not only an astute eye for practices by showing the deeper patterns of thought and [...]

    An excellent read and challenging critique. This book is a summary of Wells' previous 4 volumes, so at times I wished I could have gone deeper into some of his arguments in order to fully understand them. But nonetheless, a very challenging, edifying, and refining read for me. Wells challenges the church "Let God be God" in the church and cling to the solas of the reformation. Here is a quotation that is close to capturing both the thesis and the tone Wells uses throughout the book."In practice, [...]

    The Courage to be Protestant by David Wells addresses significant issues for the church today as indicated by the sub-title, Truth-lovers, Marketers and Emergents in the Postmodern World. Wells, a Congregational minister, theologian and author, addresses five doctrinal themes: truth, God, self, Christ and the church. Wells urges the evangelical church to have the courage to be faithful to its biblical roots. He laments the light-weight topical messages in many churches today.Wells says, “Unles [...]

    I've enjoyed every Wells book I've read. In CTBP, he continues to address issues of truth, theology, and authority in our current evangelical culture with a different way of describing things than my usual (small) circle of reading. His criticisms of marketers and emergents in the church were poignant, sometimes humorous, though probably easy.The failure of the book, from my perspective, is that Wells never turned the guns on the truth-lovers. It can't possibly be that the marketers and emergent [...]

    Wow. This is a powerful book. Wells thunders almost like an Old Testament prophet in his analysis of contemporary American evangelicalism. I don't agree with all of his conclusions, illustrations or applications. He can be quite the contrarian and too critical. But his analysis is excellent and important. He suggests that the term evangelical has almost lost all meaning because such a diverse spectrum of people claim it. He identifies three basic groups who claim to be evangelicals:truth tellers [...]

    This work is both a critique of modern evangelicalism as well as a call for the church to let God be God and have His rightful place over His church. If you are already familiar with the previous works of this author, then you will find a great deal of repetitive thoughts as well as some new insights. Perhaps the books greatest strength is its ability to perceive the driving forces of culture and where the local church is attempting to mimic those forces in order to be relevant. It's weakness? W [...]

    This is a good book that sumarrizes his previous writing and moves beyond it in some ways. This summation lacks the footnotes and the technical detail of some of his other work. Nevertheless, this is a great book to encourage Christians to be serious about being Biblical and recognize the how true theology should shape the way we do things. Wells is quick to point out the alternate agendas of others are based on false unbiblical theologies. He also shows how Christians today have too quickly cav [...]

    [summer 2008] reading this w/ some guys from church. as much as i've heard about wells, i've never read anything by him. this seems like a good introduction, as it is in large part a summary of his previous (four, long) books. (all authors should be so kind.) not too far into it yet, but he mainly has in view those he calls "the marketers" (i.e. the mega-church movement) on the one hand, and on the other those he calls "the emergents" (i.e. those associated with the emergent church movement). we [...]

    I received this book last year from a dear friend from my seminary days and found it quite outstanding. Apparently this is a condensation of Wells’ previous books with some updating and adaptation. Wells is a gifted writer and lucid thinker who demonstrates an amazing grasp of contemporary evangelicalism. I was disappointed with a few of his conclusions simply because I felt like some of the problems Wells addressed flowed from their repudiation of separation both ecclesiastical and personal [...]

    A stinging indictment of contemporary evangelicalism, Wells' criticism is something that we need to hear. Arguing that the modern church has capitulated too much to American consumerism, Wells calls us back to such things as high church membership standards, Biblical fidelity, and the notion of God's transcendence. This is an excellent book and pastors especially will be challenged by it. Too often we shape our pastoral methodologies solely by pragmatism. Wells challenges us to be theologically [...]

    I have to start right away with my biggest problem with the book because it affects how the premise of the book works. The title is awful: the book should really be titled The Courage to be Evangelical, not Protestant. Within this framework, Wells does an excellent job of evaluating and challenging Evangelicals in their theology and practice of life. He fails miserably at attempting to make these evaluations and challenges applicable to Baptist, Methodist, Lutheran, Charismatic, Nazarene, Pentec [...]

    The five books by Wells are a must read for every Christian today. They show the theological and moral bankruptcy of the modern church and calls for a theological reformation.The books are:1. No Place for Truth or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?2. God in the Wasteland: The Reality of truth in a World of Fading Dreams3. Losing our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover its Moral Vision4. Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ in a Postmodern World5. The Courage to be Protestant: Truth-lovers, M [...]

    Excellent insights into the state of the evangelical church today in America. When pragmatism in church ministry trumps doctrinal and biblical truth then the result is a weak and irrelevant church within our culture today. Even though many churches outwardly appear strong with their huge structures and large attendance, their message is just like the rest of the culture to promote self and build their own kingdoms. Wells does a great job of calling us to be biblical churches that communicate the [...]

    David Wells has been a gift to the modern church. This book serves as a summary and update to his four previous works that the lay reader will perhaps find more accessible. If you have not been exposed to Wells at all, begin with this book. More than most anyone else, Wells puts his finger on current problems that plague the modern American church. Woven throughout is a thorough explanation as to how we got here and the right doctrines that we need to recover by God's grace to pull us back out. [...]

    Seems like I'm reading a lot of books about the church these days! In "The Courage to Be Protestant," David Wells challenges contemporary Christians to reconsider what is the church, whose is the church, and how is the church grown. In a culture where, in many cases, the local church has become just another business entity, competing for the time, loyalty, and dollars of consumers in the marketplace, this is a clear call to biblical Christianity. I was both challenged and greatly encouraged by " [...]

    Wells has done it again with his clarion call to the Church to avoid being captured by the spirit of the age. Most importantly, he demonstrates effectively that both the Mega-churches guided by marketing and the emerging churches, guided by their values are all capitulating to the culture, rather than steadfastly clinging to the gospel. This is a powerful book and a must-read for any and all in church leadership.

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