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Title:
Vanishing grace : what ever happened to the good news?
Author:
Yancey, Philip, author.
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Publication Information:
Grand Rapids, MI : Zondervan, [2014]
Physical Description:
298 pages ; 23 cm
Summary:
"'Why does the church stir up such negative feelings?' Philip Yancey has been asking this all his life as a journalist. His perennial question is more relevant now than ever: in a twenty-year span starting in the mid-nineties, research shows that favorable opinions of Christianity have plummeted drastically--and opinions of evangelicals have taken even deeper dives ... Yet while the opinions about Christianity are dropping, interest in spirituality is rising. Why the disconnect?"--Amazon.com.
Language:
English
Contents:
A world athirst. A great divide ; Grace endangered ; Soul thirst ; Reclaiming the good news -- Grace dispensers. Pilgrims ; Activists ; Artists -- Is it really good news? Does faith matter? ; Is there anyone else? : the God question ; Why are we here? : the human question ; How should we live? : the social question -- Faith and culture. Uneasy partners : Christians and politics ; Holy subversion.
ISBN:
9780310339328

9780310342120
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Book

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"Why does the church stir up such negative feelings?" Philip Yancey has been asking this all his life as a journalist. His perennial question is more relevant now than ever: in a twenty-year span starting in the mid-nineties, research shows that favorable opinions of Christianity have plummeted drastically--and opinions of Evangelicals have taken even deeper dives.

The end of the politics-oriented Evangelicalism that was so dominant in the second half of the 20th century is a strong example that we are living in a post-Christian culture.

Yet while the opinions about Christianity are dropping, interest in spirituality is rising. Why the disconnect? Why are so many asking, "What's so good about the "Good News?"

Yancey's writing has focused on the search for honest faith that makes a difference for a world in pain. In his landmark book What's So Amazing about Grace he issued a call for Christians to be as grace-filled in their behavior as they are in declaring their beliefs.

But people inside and outside the church are still thirsty for grace. What the church lacked in its heyday is now exactly what it needs to recover to thrive. Grace can bring together Christianity and our post-Christian culture, inviting outsiders as well as insiders to take a deep second look at why our faith matters and about what could reignite its appeal to future generations.

How can Christians offer grace in a way that is compelling to a jaded society? And how can they make a difference in a world that cries out in need?

Yancey aims this book at Christian readers, showing them how Christians have lost respect, influence, and reputation in a newly post-Christian culture. "Why do they hate us so much?" mystified Americans ask about the rest of the world. A similar question applies to evangelicals in America.

Yancey explores what may have contributed to hostility toward Evangelicals, especially in their mixing of faith and politics instead of embracing more grace-filled ways of presenting the gospel. He offers illuminating stories of how faith can be expressed in ways that disarm even the most cynical critics. Then he explores what is Good News and what is worth preserving in a culture that thinks it has rejected Christian faith.


Author Notes

Philip Yancey is a journalist and writer who writes a featured column in Christianity Today. The author of more than a dozen books. He is the recipient of a Christianity Today Book of the Year Award, two ECPA Book of the Year Awards, and eleven Gold Medallions. He lives in Evergreen, Colorado.

(Publisher Provided) Philip Yancey received graduate degrees in communication and English from Wheaton College and the University of Chicago. He worked as a journalist in Chicago for about twenty years, editing the youth magazine Campus Life and writing for a wide variety of magazines including Reader's Digest and the Saturday Evening Post. He is an editor at large of Christianity Today. His Christianity Today column ran from 1985 to 2009.

He is the author of numerous books including Disappointment with God, Where Is God When It Hurts?, The Jesus I Never Knew, What's So Amazing About Grace?, The Bible Jesus Read, Reaching for the Invisible God, Rumors of Another World, Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, and What Good Is God?: In Search of a Faith That Matters. He has received 13 Gold Medallion Awards from Christian publishers and booksellers.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Table of Contents

Prefacep. 11
Part 1 A World Athirst
1 A Great Dividep. 15
2 Grace Endangeredp. 31
3 Soul Thirstp. 49
4 Reclaiming the Good Newsp. 69
Part 2 Grace Dispensers
5 Pilgrimsp. 91
6 Activistsp. 111
7 Artistsp. 131
Part 3 Is It Really Good News?
8 Does Faith Matter?p. 153
9 Is There Anyone Else? The God Questionp. 175
10 Why Are We Here? The Human Questionp. 197
11 How Should We Live? The Social Questionp. 217
Part 4 Faith and Culture
12 Uneasy Partners: Christians and Politicsp. 237
13 Holy Subversionp. 255
Sourcesp. 273
Acknowledgmentsp. 297