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Next Christians, Same Old Pitfalls: A Review of the Next Christians
Apparently, reviewing a book can be a dangerous endeavor. In his essay titled “Reading,” W. H. Auden asserts that attacking bad books is detrimental to one’s character, as one cannot critique a bad book without “showing off.” This warning weighed heavy on my mind as I debated whether to review Gabe Lyons’ The Next Christians. After all, the implicit message that lies under any criticism can be summed up succinctly as “I know better than you.” That is most assuredly not the message I aim to communicate. Rather, the concerns in this review could better be summarized as “you know better than you.” It is precisely my deep respect for the work that Gabe Lyons does with the Fermi Project and its Q Conference that made his book so disappointing. Because his work is so admirable and most of the resources he compiles are so useful (see www.qideas.org), Lyons has credibility with Millenial readers and current college students. However, student development practitioners should be very careful about promoting the sentiments in The Next Christians. Through a combination of careless language, cliché generational generalizations, and shoddy arguments, Lyons promotes a pitfall that tempts young people in every era: generational hubris.Read More
A Review of 'Kingdom Triangle: Recovering the Christian mind, renovate the soul, restore the spirit’s power'
Readers of this book have found in its pages a wealth of discussion on "Christian teaching as a source of knowledge”. Dr. J.P. Moreland, a leading evangelical thinker and distinguished professor of philosophy at Talbot School of Theology, has prompted this discussion with a passionate, academic, deeply biblical and timely treatise on how to “recover the Christian mind, renovate the soul and restore the spirit’s power.” It is inspiring to read a book written by a Christian scholar who has reflected so profoundly on the foundational issues of knowledge and how the task of developing a Christian mind relates to spiritual formation in particular and Kingdom power at large. This book will certainly take its place as a classic on the topic of Christian knowledge.Read More