Facing Critical Issues of the Day
- Pub. Date
- Nov 2002
"Accessible to the student or layperson, but provocative enough to stimulate the scholar as well. Stackhouse achieves his goal of informing and persuading."--Daniel K. Magnuson, Religious Studies Review
There are signs all around us, charges John Stackhouse, that evangelicals are in a state of 'spiritual adolescence.' In Evangelical Landscapes, he urges believers to develop a more sophisticated approach to worship as well as a more deeply felt sense of what it is to be a Christian.
Evangelical Landscapes explores the past and the present state of the evangelical movement in North America. It is intended to inform, inspire, and perhaps even lead to necessary change. Provocative chapters discuss the parachurch movement, ambivalence toward the Bible, money and theology, and whether evangelicals face an era of spiritual illiteracy and superstition.
Readers interested in the future of the evangelical movement will be challenged by this perceptive and engaging book.
"John Stackhouse is a model for evangelical scholars addressing an audience outside the guild. No scandal here--unless evangelical readers fail to pay attention."-John Wilson, editor, Books & Culture
"These remarkable essays cover a spectrum of issues facing evangelicalism in North America. John Stackhouse is thoughtful and engaging, at times cranky, but always provocative."-Randall Balmer, Ann Whitney Olin Professor of American Religion, Barnard College, Columbia University
"Readers of this book will be treated to Stackhouse's distinctive mix of eminently readable journalistic style and creative insights. . . . Stackhouse is to be commended for his skill in thrusting critical issues that evangelicals face to the fore, and in forcing us to think carefully about the cherished parts of our heritage in ways we aren't often accustomed to doing."--David Guretzki, Canadian Evangelical Review
"Puts on a wonderful display of theological journalism and punditry, writing in the traditional of an earlier generation of intellectuals who used their voices to lend a critical, clarifying, and unifying touch to the bumptious world of American evangelicalism."--Eric Miller, Prism
"The essays are accessible to the student or layperson, but provocative enough to stimulate the scholar as well. Stackhouse achieves his goal of informing and persuading."-Daniel K. Magnuson, Religious Studies Review
"Over the past decade or so, John Stackhouse, Jr. has established himself as one of the more perceptive analysts of evangelical theology and its relationship to culture. . . . [Evangelical Landscapes] is not one sustained discussion, but eleven separate essays on a spectrum of topics facing evangelicals, especially in terms of their interaction with North American culture. . . . Stackhouse offers perceptive critiques of weaknesses in evangelicalism, but recognizes its strengths as well. . . . This book makes for interesting, thought-provoking reading on topics of interest to many evangelicals. I hope many will read it and be stimulated by its contents to move from evangelical adolescence toward evangelical maturity."--John S. Hammett, Faith & Mission
"As evangelicalism continues to grow both in numbers and influence in the United States and Canada, self-examination has become a cottage industry. These essays constitute one of the best of current efforts at analysis and appraisal."--Gabriel Fackre, Theology Today
"Numerous pertinent observations are made as to how we think and so act. Points are often made with verve and insight, and with a pastoral eye and concerned heart. . . . A stimulating survey of issues in contemporary evangelicalism."-Graham Beynon, Themelios
"Provocative chapters discuss the parachurch movement, ambivalence towards the Bible, money and theology, and whether evangelicals face an era of spiritual illiteracy and superstition. Readers interested in the future of the evangelical movement will be challenged by this perceptive and engaging book."--Theological Book Review
"Stackhouse in a fair and objective way seeks to explore the various viewpoints. His aim is to inform and persuade, to help people look behind a simplistic view of the various positions adopted by people equally committed to the Bible, and perhaps consider matters afresh. . . . Readers wanting a quick overview of issues . . . will find this useful."--Peter Richardson, Reformed Theological Review
"Stackhouse presents a provocative critique of the perceived status quo of North American evangelical life. . . . If one is looking for simple solutions to the perceived theological ills that beset North American evangelicalism, Stackhouse will prove disappointing. Stackhouse does extend to the reader an invitation to an uncomfortable, necessary, and perhaps contentious, dialogue on the future trajectory of evangelical life."--Stephen M. Stookey, Southwestern Journal of Theology