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It takes no courage to sign up as a Protestant. With these words, David Wells opens his bold challenge to the modern church.
In this volume, Wells offers the summa of his critique of the evangelical landscape, as well as a call to return to the historic faith, one defined by the Reformation solas (grace, faith, and Scripture alone), and to a reverence for doctrine.
Wells argues that the historic, classical evangelicalism is one marked by doctrinal seriousness, as opposed to the new movements of the marketing church and the emergent church. He energetically confronts the marketing communities and what he terms their sermons–from–a–barstool and parking lots and après–worship Starbucks stands . He also takes issue with the most popular evangelical movement in recent years – the emergent church. For Wells, many emergents are postmodern, postconservative and postfoundational, embracing a less absolute understanding of the authority of Scripture than he maintains is required.
‘The Courage to be Protestant’ is a dynamic argument for the courage to be faithful to what biblical Christianity has always stood for, thereby securing hope for the church’s future.
David Wells is usually a thought provoking writer. This book is a summary and rewrite of his previous books, without the references. It focuses on weaknesses in American evangelicalism, but it can be translated into a UK context. A good introduction to Wells' arguments, but not worth it if you have read his other books.
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