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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.

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 confronts the marketing communities and what he terms their "sermons-from-a-barstool and parking lots and apres-worship Starbucks stands." He also takes issue with the most popular evangelical movement in recent years - the emergent church. Emergents are postmodern and postconservative and postfoundational, embracing a less absolute, understanding of the authroity of Scripture than Wells maintains is required.
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Excellent Analysis of Postmodern Christianity

Date:February 3, 2012
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Excellent thought-provoking look at the challenges facing Christianity in the Western, Post-Modern world. The author analyzes Evangelicalism in the West through three main strands: The mainline Evangelical tradition, the Market/Seeker Friendly model, and the Emergent Church movement. Analyzing the issues facing each, the author makes a bold and strong case for Evangelicalism in the West finding its center in Christ alone, through the authority of God's Word. The author repeatedly states how Christianity, in the desire to become relevant to the culture has made itself irrelevant in the Postmodern World. A great read to challenge both the lay person and the leadership of churches. It is time for solid doctrine to make a comeback in Evangelical Christianity.
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Date:January 29, 2010
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Andrew
Excellent! One of the most important books I have ever read. I was curious why Wells placed the chapter on truth before the chapter on God, but this order hardly matters because God is the main subject throughout this work. I believe he arranged the material this way for the sake of his argument. Nevertheless, this arrangement may give some readers the wrong impression. Along with heartily recommending this book I recommend the following reading strategy: read it one chapter at a time, taking breaks in between, and give yourself at least an hour to read each chapter. I found this way - rather than reading a few pages or a few minutes at a time - was best for helping me follow Wells' argument. Enjoy the book apply its message!
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Date:December 8, 2008
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Richard Lewelling
Very good book. I have read a portion of the book and look forward to completing the book. It is well done and researched!
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Date:November 12, 2008
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Helen Zimmerman
Such helpful information on the current church situation. Thank you for helping us understand what is happening to the church today. Every pastor should read this book!
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Date:July 8, 2008
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Rev. Doyle Peyton
Wells is always insightful. This work is a helpful analysis of how the church got to where it is today. It is a very quotable book. I feel all his books could use some boiling down. I wish it had more bite in a way that I suppose only Tozer could do it. Even he admits in the book it is not high on giving answers to the problems presented.
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