The classical and Christian view of happiness, fulfillment, and meaning in life meant, among other things, living a life of self-control, self-denial, and self-sacrifice. But our modern therapeutic culture has a very different view of self, happiness, fulfillment, and meaning in life. People today believe that self-denial and self-control get in the way of personal… Continue reading The Modern Dislocated Self (Wells)
I recently finished reading a very popular evangelical Christian book. It wasn't too bad, but when I finished reading it struck me that the author used the terms "broken" or "brokenness" way too much. After doing a word search on my Kindle, I found that these words were used around 100 times in 300 pages!… Continue reading The “Broken” Evangelical Buzzword (Wells)
(This is a re-post from July 2012) In Losing Our Virtue, David Wells explains how many aspects of modernity and postmodernity have crept into the church to the point where any talk about sin is avoided and talk about self is central. From watered down emotional praise songs to therapeutic sermons to the loss of… Continue reading The Hermit Crab Church (Wells)
I’m sure many of our readers have heard of David Wells’ new book, God in the Whirlwind. It has received many endorsements from many popular Christian teachers and preachers. I’ve appreciated many of Wells’ earlier books, so I purchased this one because everyone said it is an absolute must-read. I’m hesitant to say as… Continue reading God In The Whirlwind: Overhyped?
This praise song that David Wells critiqued in the 1990's shows how much modern Christian music 1) lacks biblical doctrine, 2) privatizes and individualizes faith, 3) thrives on sentimentality, experience, and emotion, 4) exhibits feminization and juvenilization, and 5) views God or Jesus as a heavenly boyfriend. Here it is (and please note - songs… Continue reading A Heavenly (Dreamy?) Boyfriend