Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ in a Postmodern World (Google eBook)

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Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, Aug 1, 2006 - Philosophy - 339 pages
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The deflation of the Enlightenment worldview and rise of the post-modern mood over the last decades has altered the relation of Christian faith to culture. How, in this new situation, should the church confess Christ? "Above All Earthly Powers" paints a picture of the West in all its complexity, brilliance, and emptiness.

As David F. Wells masterfully depicts it, the postmodern ethos is relativistic, individualistic, therapeutic, and yet remarkably spiritual. By placing a premium on marketing rather than truth, the evangelical church is in danger of selling authentic engagement with culture for worldly success. Christians need to confess Christ as the center in a society lacking a center, as the sovereign in a world seemingly ruled by chance, and as the one who can give meaning in a nihilistic culture. "Above All Earthly Powers" issues a prophetic call to the evangelical church that it cannot afford to ignore.

  

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The age-old Gospel and the modern mind

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One of the great challenges of preaching in our day is the need to understand the audience to whom we are speaking. David Wells is not only a biblical scholar but a student of the postmodern era in ... Read full review

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I originally purchased this when I was in high school some 8 years ago. I'm glad I bought it and I'm also glad that I didn't read it then because the brilliance of this book would have flown straight ... Read full review

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Contents

Fear Anxiety and Dread
188
When the Future Dies
191
This Side of the Sun
194
God Whispers in the Night
199
God Reaches Down
203
Majestic Condescension
212
Grace Triumphant
218
Christ in a Decentered World
233

The Withering of the Enlightenment Soul
62
The Postmodern Outlooks
67
No Comprehensive Worldview
74
Consumer CulturePostmodern Culture
75
The Way Things Were
79
No Truth
84
No Purpose
88
Migrations the Banquet of Religion and Pastiche Spirituality
91
Pizza Bagels and Fish on Fridays
96
Enchiladas Chow Mein and Soul Food
104
The New Spiritual Quest
109
The House or the Journey?
119
Christ in a Spiritual World
125
The New Spiritual Yearning
127
An Ancient Spirituality
136
A Spirituality of Postmodernity
145
The Empty Landscape
146
My Own Little Voice
149
Its About Me
152
Confrontation Not Tactics
155
Fragmented Not Innocent
164
Personal Not Impersonal
175
Christ in a Meaningless World
177
The Culture of Nothingness
178
The Black Hole
181
Suicide to Snickers
184
From Experience to Philosophy
234
From Freedom to Danger
238
From Providence to Bad Luck
240
An Open Theology
242
Libertarian and Autonomous
248
Autonomous and Decentered
249
Christ the Center
251
The Churchs Center
258
Megachurches Paradigm Shifts and the New Spiritual Quest
263
Why Do Church Differently?
268
The New Seeker
269
The New Marketplace
270
The New Social Environment
274
Old Fears
277
Business as Usual
283
Growing the Church
288
No Entry
292
Birds of a Feather
293
Selling the Faith
297
The Day of New Beginnings
310
Gods Open Door
311
The Call to Authenticity
314
Bibliography
318
Index
335
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About the author (2006)

David F. Wells is the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. An ordained Congregational minister, he has written many other books, including No Place for Truth, God in the Wasteland, Losing Our Virtue, and Above All Earthly Pow'rs (all Eerdmans).

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