Just when many of us are buckling under the contemporary regimen for getting closer to God, Phillip Cary compassionately unties the "heavy burdens, hard to bear" (Matt. 23:4, ESV). Addressed to shepherds and their flocks, Good News for Anxious Christians (Brazos) features the admonishing, teaching, and comforting voice of a Christ-haunted philosophy professor at Eastern University. Its timely message is timeless: Servants of Christ grow through repetition of the gospel (which turns the heart outward), not through experimentation with techniques (which turns the heart inward).
Addicted to novelty, American evangelicals are seduced to forget the wisdom of an Israelite king: "There is nothing new under the sun" (Ecc. 1:9). The author's target—"new evangelical theology"—is only a reincarnation of 19th century liberal theology, spearheaded by Friedrich Schleiermacher. Such liberalism insisted that the essence of piety is not knowing or doing but feeling an absolute dependence on God. "The molten outpourings of the inner fire," Schleiermacher claimed, give rise to Christian doctrine and ritual. When evangelicals rank their relationship with God above what God did, does, and will do in Jesus Christ, they make better German Romantics than biblical disciples. Consequently, Cary says, they're ushering in a "post-Christian future" in which the person of Christ becomes increasingly impersonal and the Christian experience becomes increasingly unchristian.
His quiver contains ten arrows, one for each of the practical things that we don't have to do because they're not in the Bible, such as: hearing God's voice in our heart, believing our intuitions are the Holy Spirit, letting God take control, and finding God's will for our ...1
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