Friday, June 12, 2009

Disappearance of God in the 21st century - Father's Day Blog Tour

The Disappearance of God
By R. Albert Mohler Jr.
Published at Multnomah

About the book
More faulty information about God swirls around us today than ever before. No wonder so many followers of Christ are unsure of what they really believe in the face of the new spiritual openness attempting to alter unchanging truth.

For centuries the church has taught and guarded the core Christian beliefs that make up the essential foundations of the faith. But in our postmodern age, sloppy teaching and outright lies create rampant confusion, and many Christians are free-falling for “feel-good” theology.

We need to know the truth to save ourselves from errors that will derail our faith.

As biblical scholar, author, and president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Albert Mohler, writes, “The entire structure of Christian truth is now under attack.” With wit and wisdom he tackles the most important aspects of these modern issues:

Is God changing His mind about sin?
Why is hell off limits for many pastors?
What’s good or bad about the “dangerous” emergent movement?
Have Christians stopped seeing God as God?
Is the social justice movement misguided?
Could the role of beauty be critical to our theology?
Is liberal faith any less destructive than atheism?
Are churches pandering to their members to survive?

In the age-old battle to preserve the foundations of faith, it's up to a new generation to confront and disarm the contemporary shams and fight for the truth. Dr. Mohler provides the scriptural answers to show you how.

Who is R. Albert Mohler Jr.?
R. Albert Mohler Jr. is president of The Souther Baptist Theological Seminary and is an esteemed authority on contemporary issues. A columnist, radio host, and blogger, Dr. Mohler has contributed to The New York Times and the Wall Street Journal; and he appeared on Larry King Live, The Today Show, The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and The O’Reilly Factor. Dr. Mohler has a doctorate in philosophy from Southern Seminary and has done research at Oxford University. Dr. Mohler and his family live in Louisville, Kentucky.

My Thoughts
I was honestly curious about this book and wanted to see what the author had to say about false information on God circulating these days. The subtitle itself was attracting: Dangerous Beliefs in the New Spiritual Openness. As much as I wanted to be interested in this book, I must honestly say that Dr. Mohler was not able to keep my interest for an extended period of time, i.e. until the end of the book. Oh I tried very hard but multiple times he just lost me in the complicated terminology he was using.

I would not recommend this book for simple folks with no biblical training. If you do, keep a dictionary close by … It seems to me that the author has kept a teacher cap on his head while writing. There are numerous words that many would not understand. This book would however be well received by scholars I think. It would also be a book that could be used as material and discussion in a class at Bible College or Seminary.

From what I have read, I also think that the author is writing this book with the perspective of the Southern Baptist – which makes sense since he is himself the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. However, it would have been interesting to have a broader perspective on the various subjects discussed in this book.

The size of the book is interesting as it can easily be put in a bag (even a purse!) and be carried around. And I’m sure that reading about the new spiritual openness would open the eyes and ears of anyone who decides to read more about it. There are false teachings and I think it’s good to be aware of them so that you can protect your mind against these teachings.

In conclusion, there might be some interesting points in this book but I can’t tell you more than that. I never finished the book and I have no plans to finish it in a near future. Maybe someday I will pick it up and pursue the reading.

This book is available everywhere, even at and

1 comment:

  1. I am reading it right now and am really enjoying it. True there are some bigger theology words/subjects but he does try to include the definition or meaning of the word. It's definitely a book we need in these times.

    Sarah from the 1st Crew :)