Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ in a Postmodern World

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W.B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2005 - Postmodernism - 339 pages
In our postmodern world, every view has a place at the table but none has the final say. How should the church confess Christ in today's cultural context?

"Above All Earthly Pow'rs," the fourth and final volume of the series that began in 1993 with "No Place for Truth," portrays the West in all its complexity, brilliance, and emptiness. As David F. Wells masterfully depicts it, the postmodern ethos of the West is relativistic, individualistic, therapeutic, and yet remarkably spiritual. Wells shows how this postmodern ethos has incorporated into itself the new religious and cultural relativism, the fear and confusion, that began with the last century's waves of immigration and have continued apace in recent decades.

Wells's book culminates in a critique of contemporary evangelicalism aimed at both unsettling and reinvigorating readers. Churches that market themselves as relevant and palatable to consumption-oriented postmoderns are indeed swelling in size. But they are doing so, Wells contends, at the expense of the truth of the gospel. By placing a premium on marketing rather than truth, the evangelical church is in danger of trading authentic engagement with culture for worldly success.

Welding extensive cultural analysis with serious theology, "Above All Earthly Pow'rs" issues a prophetic call that the evangelical church cannot afford to ignore.

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User Review  - David Gough - Christianbook.com

One of the great challenges of preaching in our day is the need to understand the audience to whom we are speaking. David Wells is not only a biblical scholar but a student of the postmodern era in ... Read full review

User Review  - Pastor-Teacher Gary E. Gilley - Christianbook.com

Above All Earthly Powrs is the fourth and final volume in a series that includes No Place for Truth, God in the Wasteland and Losing Our Virtue. Each of these books deals with a theological issue in ... Read full review

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