This World’S Too Much Our Home
Also reviewed in this section: Theology Without Boundariesby Carnegie Samuel Calian, Mourning into Dancingby Walter Wangerin, Jr., Doing Well and Doing Goodby Richard John Neuhaus, With Liberty and Justice for Whom?by Craig M. Gay
No God but God: Breaking the Idols of Our Age, edited by Os Guinness and John Seel (Moody, 224 pp.; $16.99, hardcover); Power Religion: The Selling Out of the Evangelical Church?edited by Michael Scott Horton (Moody, 354 pp.; $17.99, hardcover). Reviewed by Richard J. Mouw, provost and president-elect, Fuller Theological Seminary.
There was a time in the not-too-distant past when some of us complained, quite loudly, about the “other-worldliness” of evangelicalism. But that hardly seems a problem in the 1990s. Social action is widely advocated in evangelical circles. Bible-believing Christians occupy important positions of power and influence in legislatures, corporations, and universities. Pentecostal and holiness churches, which once stood on the wrong side of the tracks, now often own the best ecclesiastical real estate in town. Evangelical conferences propagate the latest in social-scientific savvy and technological know-how. Christian media proclaim the benefits of therapy sessions and recovery programs.
The writers in these two volumes are all agreed that the time has come to worry aloud about evangelicals’ this-worldliness. We are not told whether these two projects, both from Moody Press, were in any way coordinated. But they do complement each other: the essays in No God but God, edited by Os Guinness and John Seel, are organized under the theme of idolatry, while the collection in Power Religion, edited by Michael Horton, focuses on the ways in which our idolatrous ...1
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