Do you have an opinion?
There is an increasing tendency in Evangelical circles to regard disagreement in our allegedly post-modern world as inherently oppressive. Too many people sit on the fence and ignore, or are unaware of, the fact that Christianity is an historical religion. As Laurence Peter once said "History repeats itself because nobody listens."
The point of having a debate is not to have a debate and then agree to differ (sitting around in a mutually affirming love-fest)—the point of debate, as the Apostle Paul clearly demonstrates time and again in the book of Acts, is to establish which position is best.
Carl Trueman's intends to provoke you with this collection of essays into thinking for yourself and to have an opinion on THINGS THAT MATTER!
About the Author
Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary. He was editor of Themelios for nine years, has written more than a dozen books, and has contributed to multiple publications, including the Dictionary of Historical Theology and The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology.
Publisher: Christian Focus
Publication Date: November 2004
ISBN 10: 1857929942
ISBN 13: 9781857929942
"Church history commonly evokes images of dusty books, cobwebs and obscure theological debates. To the contrary, Professor Trueman's dynamic and provocative prose demonstrates the vital importance of historical awareness for Christians in the contemporary world. Only such historical and theological awareness, together with some serious thinking, can stem the tide of theological indifferentism and crass materialism that characterizes our 'postmodern' culture and seeps insidiously into the life of the church. Included in this volume are longer essays that treat topics such as the threat to word-centered Protestant Christianity in a televisual age, the divide between academic theological study and the church, and reflections upon B.B. Warfield's significant contributions to theology. Wages of Spin concludes with shorter essays such as 'The Marcions Have Landed,' 'Boring Ourselves to Life,' and 'A Revolutionary Balancing Act Or: Why our theology needs to be a little less biblical.' The heading of this second section captures well Professor Trueman's provocative style: Short, Sharp Shocks."
- Matt Harmon, Westminster Bookstore Staff
"I cannot think of a young evangelical writer and theologian whose works I more eagerly read."
- Mark Dever
"The wit of an evangelical Cheserton, prophetic insight of Francis Schaeffer and the accessibility of John Stott."
- Melvin Tinker
"Confirms Trueman's place as one of contemporary evangelicalism's most dynamic young theologians."
- Iain D. Campbell
"His brilliant caricatures and asides do not detract from his careful thought but demonstrate a wisdom and clarity much needed today. You will be entertained and educated."
- A. T. B. McGowan