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Overview Who gets to narrate the world? This is the burden of Robert Webber's final book. Convinced that American evangelicals are facing the demise of their entire way of life and faith, Webber challenges his readers to rise up and engage both the external and internal challenges confronting them today. This means that Christians must repent of their cultural accommodation and reclaim the unique story-the Christian story-that God has given them both to proclaim and to live.
Publishers Description Who gets to narrate the world? The late Robert Webber believed this question to be the most pressing issue of our time. Christianity in America, he preached, will not survive if Christians are not rooted in and informed by the uniquely Christian story that is the gospel of Jesus Christ. This is the burden of Webber's final book, Who Gets to Narrate the World?: Contending for the Christian Story in an Age of Rivals. Convinced that American evangelicals are facing the demise of their entire way of life and faith, Webber challenges his readers to rise up and engage both the external and internal challenges confronting them today. This means that Christians must repent of their cultural accommodation and reclaim the unique story--the Christian story--that God has given them both to proclaim and to live.
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Studio: IVP Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.21" Width: 5.62" Height: 0.43" Weight: 0.42 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2008
Publisher IVP Books
ISBN 0830834818 ISBN13 9780830834815
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More About Robert E. Webber
Robert E. Webber is Myers Professor of Ministry at Northern Seminary in Lombard, Illinois, and the president of the Institute for Worship Studies. He is the author of a number of books, including Ancient-Future Faith and The Younger Evangelicals.
Robert E. Webber lived in Wheaton, in the state of Illinois. Robert E. Webber was born in 1927 and died in 2007.
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Douglas A. Nicely Jun 1, 2008
This is Bob Webber's last book. While he was writing, he was aware that he was dying of pancreatic cancer. So, he wanted to leave us something that we could "chew on." He did. He is concerned that the Christian world view has been lost in recent generations. He explains how it happened and what are the two forces that are vying for the right to take the Christian world view's place. These two forces he identifies as 1) radical Islam, and 2) secular humanism (or, in the Christian community, you could label it commercialism). He asserts that, in a competition, radical Islam will eventually win over secular humanism (as, he asserts, it is already happening in Europe). He is holding out for the Christian world view, but he sees the church reverting to an "ancient future" mission to accomplish this. The book ends with "A Call to Narrate the World Christianly." In some ways, Bob's second-last book, "Ancient Future Worship," brings us more depth and background on what he is advocating in this book. Bob was my mentor in Grad School. Several of us miss him greatly. We're hoping in our ministries to set as priorities what Bob suggests here, where he summarized what he taught us.
Not the Best Introduction To Webber May 23, 2008
As the Western world loses its grip on the biblical narrative, other narratives arise in ascendence. Webber is particularly concerned about the growing Muslim population, especially in light of the fact that "of the forty-six Muslim majority nations in the world, only three are free" (14). Having lost our grip on a defining story, we are left only with the present self: "When the past is lost, as it now is in our Western world, there is nothing left to focus on except the self. We live in a culture of disbelief regarding our Christian heritage. However, when it comes to our personal well-being and future, we live in the culture of belief in the self" (17). Our situation is strikingly similar to the environment the early Christians found themselves in: "Christians in the Roman world found themselves in a cultural setting of moral decadence, philosophical relativism and religious pluralism. However, they narrated the world in a new way. They did not accommodate the faith to culture but set forth the faith in a countercultural way" (51). We should do the same! This is Webber's final book. Last year, he died of pancreatic cancer. Webber has been such a positive influence in my life and in the evangelical world. It is a shame that all the good in this book is partially obscured by its continued "face off between Islamic and Christian ideology" (102). I recommend his superior book, Ancient-Future Faith as a better introduction to Webber's thinking.