God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a World of Fading Dreams
Wells, David F.
“David F. Wells speaks for a great many commentators inside and outside the evangelical camp when he contends that American evangelicalism is sick at soul. . . Wells's work is being hailed as a bombshell by evangelical leaders who hope it will wake up American evangelicals and alert them to their peril.”See All
“Continuing the examination of evangelical theology he started in No Place for Truth, Wells expands on the previous work by offering a remedy to the diminished place of theology in the church by suggesting a return to a belief in God and away from culture modernization or worldliness. Wells is convincing in his statements that mass consumerism and self-obsession lead to mega-churches where the 'consumer is sovereign, the product (in this God himself) must be subservient.' . . . An extensive bibliography makes this book a useful addition for more substantial religion collections.”See All
“Those who have adjusted worship services to make them more appealing to non-Christians or have advertised their churches without reference to Jesus Christ may not want to read this book. But they should.”See All
“An important and courageous look at how modernityhas caused us to view God as somehow weightless in His influence on the Church. . . This is not light reading, but Wells' capacity for apt phrasing and stabbing insight makes it a rewarding experience.”See All
“A remarkable and thorough criticism of the contemporary church's relation with modern consumer culture. . . This book will either infuriate or elicit amens.”See All
“Must reading for understanding what it means to be a Christian in a pagan society.”See All
R. C. Sproul
“It is a long way back from the wasteland surveyed in Well's groundbreaking examination of American evangelicalism titled No Place for Truth. But God in the Wasteland charts the way, calling for a new radical emphasis on revealed biblical truth and much preaching about the sovereign, holy, awe-inspiring God of the Old and New Testaments. Is God in the Wasteland worth reading? It is mandatory if today's evangelical are to awaken from their contemporary coma and once more become a vital religious force in American life.”See All
the late James Montgomery Boice
Pastor, Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia
“Wells has done it again. No Place for Truth was the bomb that exploded on the playground of the evangelicals. God in the Wasteland is the battlefield manual for evangelical strategy in the midst of modernity's debris....Well's book demonstrates to his fellow evangelicals that a theologian can look squarely at modernity without capitulation or evasion....A prophetic voice in an unprophetic age.”See All
R. Albert Mohler Jr.
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
Here is the much-anticipated sequel to David F. Wells' widely praised book No Place for Truth, which garnered multiple “Book of the Year” awards from Christianity Today.
Building on the trenchant cultural and religious analyses of evangelical Protestantism set forth in his first volume, Wells argues in God in the Wasteland that the church is now enfeebled because it has lost its sense of God's sovereignty and holiness. God, says Wells, has become weightless. He has lost the power to shape the church's character, outlook, and practice.
By looking afresh at the way God's transcendence and immanence have been taken captive by modern appetites, Wells is able to argue for a reform of the evangelical world—a reform without which evangelical faith will be lost—and develop a powerful biblical antidote to the modernity which has invaded the church.