Item description for Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt: A Theological Survival Guide for Youth, Parents, and Other Confused Presbyterians by Ted V. Foote & P. Alex Thornburg...
Overview Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt A Theological survival guide for youth, parents, and other confused Presbyterians. Addressing such questions as "Is the Bible the Literal Word of God or Just a Long, Boring Book? this is an easy-to-understand, slightly irreverent approach to theology and the kind of theological musings that many youth and others have today. Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt acknowledges that though the views expressed in questions like "Are you saved?" "Do you have a personal relationship with Jesus?" and "Are you going to heave?" are popular in this culture, those are not the only ways to understand being a Christian. Foote and Thornburg help Presbyterian young people articulate their faith and respond to these questions forma mainline point of view.
Addressing such questions as "Are You Saved, or Are You Presbyterian?" and "Is the Bible the Literal Word of God or Just a Long, Boring Book?" this is an easy-to-understand, slightly irreverent appraoch to theology and the kind of theological musings that many youth and others have today. "Bring Presbyterian in the Bible Belt Today" helps Presbyterian young people articulate their faith and respond to these questions from a mainline point of view.
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Studio: Geneva Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.32" Width: 5.52" Height: 0.32" Weight: 0.36 lbs.
Release Date May 1, 2000
Publisher PRESBYTERIAN PUBLISHING #86
ISBN 0664501095 ISBN13 9780664501099
Reviews - What do customers think about Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt: A Theological Survival Guide for Youth, Parents, and Other Confused Presbyterians?
Great topic, weak book Sep 24, 2005
Much of what these authors identify as "Presbyterian" would not be recognizable to any of the earlier generations who owned that label. A low view of Biblical authority, a loose cafeteria view of confessions, a man-centered theology -- that used to be called "Unitarian" not Presbyterian!
More or less a waste.
Tolerance With Love. . . Feb 27, 2005
This is a delightful little volume that will remind many of us why we belong to the Presbyterian Church. It has always been more 'comfortable' to belong to a more militaristic style of church, where, regardless of what is stated, the members are expected to fall in line with church doctrine. I believe this freedom, this lack of forcing, has cost the Presbyterian Church many members--those who migrate to fundamentalist churches. The question, then, is whether this has necessarily been a bad thing. Like other reviewers, I particularly liked the chapter on 'whether one is saved' or not.
I believe in the basic inerrancy of the original autographs of the Bible, and certainly believe that a number of modern translations are distorting the word. A parallel Bible will illustrate it. Again, as a Presbyterian, I believe each individual should decide. This book perhaps strays somewhat on the 'liberal' side of that debate for me.
Don't dismiss it out of hand, however. There is valuable information here, regardless of what the Minister reviewer states. Again, our freedom to differ is what does make us special!
Wasted Opportunity Jun 1, 2004
Someone really needs to write a book for Reformed Christians that guides them through the landscape of American Christianity. Sadly this book does not accomplish that task. It raises questions, and answers them with a tepid Christology and a watered-down Bible.
American Christianity is an eclectic mix. We worship the Creator from the Declaration of Independence who gives inalienable rights. We practice the piety of WWJD bracelets echoing the liberal Christianity of Charles Sheldon. We embrace the Jesus of Mel Gibson's "Passion" drawn from pre-Vatican II Roman Catholicism. We accept the dispensationalism of the "Left Behind" books. We follow the moral teachings of Veggie Tales and the psychobabble of Norman Vincent Peale and James Dobson. Our politics draws from both Martin Luther King Jr. and Pat Robertson. The forty days of Lent have been replaced by the forty days of Rick Warren's "The Purpose Driven Life." Finally, set the whole thing to a soundtrack of bubble gum praise choruses and Fanny Crosby hymns. Presbyterians wonder if this theological pop culture is all there is. Many wonder who they are and what makes them distinctive.
As Presbyterians we draw upon the historical ecumenical consensus of the faith found in the Scriptures and outlined in texts such as the Nicene Creed. Instead of engaging the culture of the Bible Belt with this consensus, the authors of this book propose an alternative. They make a distinction between the Jesus of history and the Jesus of faith. Doesn't Jesus proclaim that he is the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6)? The authors attribute it to the anti-Semitism of the early church (pg 72). Then they reinterpret the meaning of the verse. Wherever one finds the way, the truth, and the life, they seem to argue, one finds Jesus (pg 73).
I agree with the authors that the Bible needs to be interpreted. Moreover, I agree that there are some lousy interpretations out there. However, the authors do not engage those who interpret the Bible differently. Rather they merely rail against those who interpret the Bible literally. The authors engage in rhetoric that they themselves find offensive among "neo-evangelicals." For example, they make an argument in favor of "Biblical universalism." They then ask the question, "What then do we make of biblical references to the `fires of hell'?" The response: "We've already noted that literal interpretations of many scriptures are problematic" (pg 39). There is no discussion of the argument on its merits. Rather, those who take the Scriptures seriously concerning hell just don't know how to read the Bible. To make matters worse, the authors then imply that those who accept the traditional notion of hell probably just want to populate it with people they don't like (pg 39).
As a Presbyterian pastor in the Bible Belt, I am constantly encouraging my congregants to move beyond a cultural Christianity to embrace the faith for themselves. Essentially, this book is a hindrance to my efforts. The book is a wasted opportunity.
Great book for new Presbyterians Feb 24, 2004
Great book! I recently switched from Methodist to Presbyterian through re-affirmation. All through my childhood I recall attending a Presbyterian church even though I was Methodist (go figure)... Anyway, there were a lot of questions I had over the years and searched for answers about being a Presbyterian. THIS BOOK IS EXCELLENT!!! It explains everything in great detail and gives scenarios that everyone can relate to. The only slight negative thing I can see in the book is the authors writing style. Perhaps it's me, I don't know... but some of the paragraphs are worded in a way that they run on. You have to re-read a sentence or two again to get what the author is saying.
Being Presbyterian in the Bible Belt Aug 20, 2003
It was humorous, but relevant. The author did a good of explaining what I believe as a Presbyterian and addressing issue that come up in a predominately Baptist culture.
Our congregation is using this for a discussion class/Sunday school class for the third time.