After twenty years focused overseas, an American missionary looks home. Dr. Munger applies his experience in culture, language, and the Bible to fellow Evangelicals. Their often-distorted picture of God saddens Him. The loving God who woos humanity is wrongly perceived on both sides of a growing cultural rift. We, in America, who claim to follow Him, do much harm to the cause of Christ. Though "God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son" (John 3:16), "his name is blasphemed among the Gentiles" because of us (Romans 2:24).
Rethinking God: Undoing the Damage transcends the cultural divide by exposing common distortions of the great, grieving lover. It unmasks Evangelical misrepresentations, but also challenges non-Christians to rethink their own positions. The book starts by establishing the nature and validity of faith. Then come key areas that most often damage God's reputation: Church leadership, practice, and political involvement; distorted theology; the problem of evil; and the fate of people who never hear the gospel. Dr. Munger challenges Christians to reform, and gives honest seekers reason and courage to look again at the beauty of humanity's source and only hope.
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Review 1 for Rethinking God: Undoing the Damage
Date:March 17, 2009
On rare occasions there comes a book of such quality & importance that a mere recommendation to friends and family is just not good enough... Get yourself a stack of these and start handing them out! This book is a fantastic response to the most important questions not only of our time, but of all time... Well researched, well documented, well thought out... Life changing. Thank you so much, Scott Munger, for the blood, sweat, tears & years that you've invested to make this book available.
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Review 2 for Rethinking God: Undoing the Damage
Date:September 1, 2007
This is a very real and thought provoking book. I highly reccomend it to both christians and non alike. Scott does a great job of weaving in his personal stories/history with doctronal knowledge. I so appreciated his honesty in sharing personal stories of growing up in a disfunctional family. Real and gut wrenching. He experienced suffering in a way most will never know. This, along with the fact that Dr. Munger has lived for years in 3rd world countries as a missionary and Bible translator; make him highly credible and justified in making claims about God's misrepresentation around the world. I didn't doubt him a bit on how God's reputation has been marred. It makes one think about how they live out their Christian life amongst those who hate God, or just want nothing to do with Him. Scared me in a healthy way. I want to give a copy to my friends and relatives who are non-believers. It will be a great tool in sharing the gospel, especially for those of us who are not good at that! The book engages and answers questions most don't want to raise. It's a book that does not sound all "churchy." What a relief in a sea of christian books that want to easily explain things they can't. A tough read for those who want "light and easy," but what a welcome!