7.15.2008

I am a coward

How do I know?

Much to my chagrin, I do not have the guts to bite people myself, and so I have one of these...



7.13.2008

The Shack...caveat lector!

I am mostly finished reading the latest super-smash hit in 'Christian' literature..."The Shack".

I must say that I am thoroughly disappointed that this book is so popular. The premise of the book, of a man having a conversation with God after his young daughter was brutally murdered, is certainly compelling and had significant potential in illuminating the age-old problem of suffering and evil. The author, however, appears to have aimed for $ale$ rather than biblical accuracy or theological depth. Instead of delving into what it means to be a Christian in a world full of suffering, we get the same old 'emergent' fluff that we have been getting for far too long.

If there is one horse that is beaten to death over and over again it is that all God wants is to be our buddy, our peer. There are other horses as well. The cynicism with which the author describes the Church, scripture, Christianity, doctrine and theology is the same schlupp that we have read from Brian McLaren for several years now. It is time to get over it folks and move back to what we know to be true.

There are several reviews of The Shack available out there. I will post some following this rant.

Please, if you must read The Shack, at least know that while it has some interesting parts, it is, in the words of Mark Driscoll 'actually heretical'.

Here is the conclusion of a summary and critique by Tim Challies.

"Focusing on just three of the subjects William
Young discusses in The Shack, we’ve seen that
errors abound. He presents a false view of God
and one that may well be described as heretical. He
downplays the importance and uniqueness of the Bible,
subjugating it or making it equal to other forms of
subjective revelation. He misrepresents redemption
and salvation, opening the door to the possibility of
salvation outside of the completed work of Jesus Christ
on the cross. We are left with an unbiblical
understanding of the persons and nature of God and of
His work in this world.
But this is not all. The discerning reader will note
as well that the author muddies the concepts of
forgiveness and free will. He introduces teaching that is
entirely foreign to the Bible, often stating with certainty
what is merely speculative. He oversteps the bounds of
Scripture while downplaying the Bible’s importance. He
relies too little on Scripture and too much on his own
theological imaginings.
All this is not to say there is nothing of value in
the book. However, it is undeniable to the reader who
will look to the Bible, that there is a great deal of error
within The Shack. There is too much error.
That The Shack is a dangerous book should be
obvious from this review. The book’s subversive
undertones seek to dismantle many aspects of the faith
and these are subsequently replaced with doctrine that
is just plain wrong. Error abounds.
I urge you, the reader, to exercise care in reading
and distributing this book. The Shack may be an
engaging read but it is one that contains far too much
error. Read it only with the utmost care and concern,
critically evaluating the book against the unchanging
standard of Scripture. Caveat lector!"

For the full text of the article...go to Challies.com

The Shack