Sunday, May 16, 2010

"not a congenial book"

"GloboChrist:The Great Commission Takes a Postmodern Turn

is a fairly recent book by an awesome writer Carl Raschke, that I had missed until now.

(Here are my previous posts on his "The Next Reformation.")
Here's Tall Skinny Kiwi's post on the new one:

GloboChrist: The Book to Read:

This is for the missional entrepreneurs working in continental Europe that I will be teaching in Belgium next week. You know who you are and you may have been notified of my book recommendation. If not, here it is: The most important book you can read in preparation for my presentations, the one and only book apart from the Bible, is GloboChrist: The Great Commission Takes a Postmodern Turn, by Carl Raschke. Get it from UK's Eden or Amazon if you are coming over from USA.
I finally met Carl a few months ago in Amsterdam, having read the PDF earlier this year and we had a good chat. But reading the hardcopy of the book, which was just released, I have become convinced that this book sums up the postmodern European challenge and the church's response better than anything out there right now.
globochristIt is not a congenial book. Carl comes out fighting and throwing punches across the board. He slams both McLaren for being too inclusive and McArthur's philosophical approach for being a "cheap metaphysical absolutism pretending to be the basis of biblical inerrancy". He sees fundamentalism as "the idolatrous substitution of eighteenth-century propositional rationality for the biblical language of faith itself" and the "new trendsetting Emergent Village kind of postmodern Christianity" as "simply a replay of the modernist-fundamentalist debates of a century ago, with a few savory pinches of the culture wars thrown in for good measure." Raschke derides the "self-congratulatory intellectual faddism" of both camps and attempts to move beyond the controversy towards an appropriate response to the challenge of postmodern Europe..

-Tall Skinny Kiwi, continued here

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