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Christians everywhere should accept this article as a challenge to understand and be able to defend our doctrinal beliefs. We also need to remember, however, that unless we are using spiritual lenses provided by the Holy Spirit, and have the faith that we acquire as we continue to grow in the knowledge of God, we too will see things as Gina sees them---purely from a philosophical viewpoint. I congratulate Gina on trying to understand "Evangelicals". We, as Christians, should also be trying to understand those around us, sympathize with them, and by our love, not by our hateful actions, allow them to see God at work in our lives.
I will first admit that I have not read the book yet. However, while reading the article about the book the first question that came to my mind was "Were the people that the author observing aware that they were being observed for a book?" If the answer is no then that is deception on the behalf of the author and it is unfair to the people that she may have mentioned in this book.
I am not sure whether I will read this, but it bothers me that people come in to "observe" Gods people when unless that are saved they will never be able to understand His children or the things of God. Because He takes the foolish things to confound the wise. They will never understand us.
Why would you include such garbage in your magazine. This book is nothing but garbage crtiziing the very core of our beliefs. I eat with a lot of Christian Friends, and God, the Son, and the Holy Spirit are very real to all of us.
Maybe Gina should try a little James White from Alpha and Omega Ministries, or White Horse Inn (Michael Horton, Kim Riddlebarger, Ken Jones, and Rod Rosenbladt). I agree much of mainstream evangelicalism is lacking in critical thinking skills and their Christian faith is based on subjectivity. Surveys of Evangelical Christians on what they believe reveal sad statistics on the state of the church and the minds of the people in the church.
Much of this is due to the dumbing down approach in an effort to lure the world into the church (thank you Rick Warren and his imitators) rather than equipping the church members with sound doctrine and a strong mind to go out and engage the world where they are at.
Again, I say, listen to James White. (James R White not James E White)
I was disappointed by Susan's review. It seemed that she did not put the effort into understanding Gina Welch that Gina put into understanding Thomas Road Baptist and so did not take Gina's criticisms seriously. Maybe the reason that Gina did not take evangelical belief seriously as an intellectual proposition was because the evangelicals Gina met/heard did not take their beliefs seriously as intellectual propositions. The Trinity has a long contested history in Greek and Latin thought from the Byzantine and Catholic Churches - but perhaps to the evangelicals Gina met it was the same as Dracula transmuting into a bat or into mist. Susan criticised Gina for not listening to evangelical beliefs. Maybe the problem was that Gina was listening after all!
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