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Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision [Paperback]

By David F. Wells (Author)
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Wells loudly throws down the gauntlet to the evangelical church in this perceptive analysis of our culture in crisis. Painting a vivid description of society's moral and spiritual confusion, he explains how the church can regain its effectiveness and influence in our postmodern world. A challenging look at social reform vs. spiritual transformation.

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Available now for the first time in paperback, Losing Our Virtue offers a bold critique of the moral disintegration taking place in contemporary society and its reflection in today's evangelical church. Continuing the series begun with David Wells's No Place for Truth and God in the Wasteland, this acclaimed volume urges the church to regain its moral weight and become a missionary of truth once more to our relativistic postmodern world.

Awards and Recognitions
Losing Our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover Its Moral Vision by David F. Wells has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Christianity Today Book Award - 1999 Winner - Top 25 category

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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Pages   240
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.08" Width: 6.01" Height: 0.74"
Weight:   0.71 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 1999
ISBN  0802846726  
ISBN13  9780802846723  

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More About David F. Wells

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! David F. Wells is the Andrew Mutch Distinguished Professor of Historical and Systematic Theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. An ordained Congregationalist minister, he is also the author of more than a dozen previous books.

David F. Wells currently resides in the state of Massachusetts.

David F. Wells has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Basics of the Faith

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Moron  Sep 17, 2006
David F. Wells provides a horrible representation of Christian Spirituality in a postmodern world. If you want to know about Christ and His Kingdom stay as far away from this book as you can. Wells is most clearly a Chatholic that is pissed off by the effects of the Reformation and sticks solidly to the traditionalism that has plagued the catholic church for years. This is not an attack on catholics, however, I believe that they are Christians at the core can be just as spiritual connected with God as any one else on the planet. I am stating simply that Wells is a bafoon who needs to do more research in not only the Bible but in the definintion of Spirituality. If you read the life of Christ presented in Gospels and the journey of Paul presented in the Letters you will see that spirituality is much more Christ centered than Wells suggests. The Postmodern Spirituality, I believe, is more intuned with the Holy Spirit than and classical rendition defined in his book.

The battle of moral truth versus the exalted self  Jan 13, 2003
David Wells' "Losing Our Virtue" is a stinging assault on the idolatrous nature of postmodern man. Chock full of astute observations about the utter lack of morality within American popular culture and the creeping destruction of Christianity caused by compromises with that culture, this book is a clarion call to intelligent people who understand that only through the death of self and utter submission to the God of the Christian Bible can the we hold out hope for the future.

Prophetic in its intensity (though similar arguments were voiced by Francis Schaeffer long before Wells), "Losing Our Virtue" discusses how the combination of deconstructionist theology and psychology at the nascence of the 20th century brought us to the point that we call black white and white black. He outlines the rise of self at the expense of traditional Christian views of God, sin, and the cross of Christ, showing how modern culture now exists in a moral vacuum that has in its brazenness supposedly killed God and therefore any guilt that may arise from acknowledging that He transcends us. With self now ensconced as the moral center, absolute truth and morality are jettisoned in favor of each person being his own moral center. That this can only breed relativism and the eventual destruction of all things moral, is a point well covered in the book.

In some ways, perhaps too well covered. The first few chapters and the last chapter are brilliant. At the cost of a star, though, the middle sags as Wells builds his arguments. The problem lies in beating the points along his path to his conclusion to death. This book probably could have been cut down to 120 pages and would have made its point more efficiently. Metaphorically, you can kill the vampire with an effective stake through the heart. You don't have to then stuff it with garlic, douse it in "holy water", and bury it in a silver coffin lined with crucifixes under a running stream.

The section on the differences between "Guilt" and "Shame" was also confusing since Wells mixed conflicting viewpoints and counterpoints together, making it hard to tell exactly what his point was until the very end of the section. Again, a bit better editing would have made the book a smoother read.

This is an intellectually challenging book that demands close attention. And despite the author's attempt to end on a more upbeat note, it is hard to close this book and think any other outcome than the utter corruption of the entire world and most of Christendom is a foregone conclusion. Hopefully, readers will come away with a burning desire to make a difference rather than conceding that all is lost.

Very perceptive - Great book  Dec 20, 2002
This was my first exposure to David Wells, and I'm extremely impressed. His analysis of the cultural situation of our time is extremely perceptive, and his description of the consumer-driven church is very good - slices and dices. He certainly covers his bases in terms of research. This book could rightly be called a Jeremiad for our time, and I highly recommend it.
The remnant will maintain the faith  Jan 25, 2001
In his final volume of the three, Wells moves from diagnosis to prescription for healing. Here he admonishes the church to recover.

Sum his advice up by this quotation: "Does the Church have the courage to become relevant by becoming biblical?"

Great read; thorough and provoking.

A true prophet and critic of our times!  Dec 1, 2000
Wells is right on with his analysis and diagnostics. While the postmodern, contemporary church will not particularly like his suggestion for change, certainly it has God's mark of approval. Wells sums it up on page 207: "The Church's problem today is simply that it does not believe that, without tinkering, the Gospel will be all that interesting to modern people." Let modern people do whatever, I'm with Wells and the Gospel.

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