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Is it possible that we have left
Christ out of Christianity? Are the
faith and practice of American
Christians today more American than
Christian? Have we allowed the church
to be taken captive to the prevailing
culture? These are the provocative
questions Michael Horton addresses in
this thoughtful, insightful book. His
analysis should give us pause as we
consider the current state of
I frequently hear the argument from atheist or agnostic friends, "We don't have to believe in God to be good." Response? If you don't believe in God, how do you even know what's right or wrong (and why should you care?).
When Christian leaders remove Jesus Christ as the source of moral authority, they undermine the Gospel and everything that goes with it, writes Michael Horton in this perceptive and hard-hitting book.
He comes armed with excellent examples of Christian leaders who are afraid to mention Christ or to preach the full implications of His teachings. (Think Robert Schuller and Joel Osteen.)
"Christless Christianity" is very well written. As a former (and award-winning) speechwriter, I suggest it would have been stronger if the author had not sounded so scholarly at times.
When I wrote speeches, and when I write for the public, I always include the Flesch-Kincaid grade level in the spelling and grammar check. If it scores higher than the 9th or 10the grade, I simplify it, a practice I learned as a journalist. I suspect the grade level of this book is much higher, which would make it terrific as a textbook but of limited appeal to the general public.
In case you're wondering, this review scores 8.6 on the Flesch-Kincaid scale, just below the 9th grade.- Richard Centner
- Type: Hardcover
- Pages: 240
- ISBN: 9780801013188
- SKU: 9780801013188
- Publisher: Baker Books