Thursday, October 16, 2008

Review of "The Shack"

I have had many people ask my opinion of Christian best seller "The Shack".

To be honest, I use the Christian best seller list to know what books I don't want to read, so there's no chance I'm going to read this book. Christian fiction hasn't been good since C.S. Lewis died.

Mark Driscoll gives the above review, for those who have read it, you can judge if Driscoll has a good critique.


Frontier Forest said...

I haven’t heard of the book but glad you made us aware of such heresy. So sad that Michael W. Smith would endorse such garbage?

DP said...

I haven't read it, but if anyone's interested in hearing Dr. Albert Mohler talk about it, he did a show on it back in April. Here's the link - You'll want to fast forward to minute 11.

Mohler says "it contains undiluted heresy...a deeply troubling book." One example that Mohler gives is that the character representing Jesus says that he is "the best" way to relate to the characters representing the Father and the Spirit...not the "only" way. He gives some other examples in his program.

An endorsing quote on the back of the book says "This book has the potential to do for our generation what John Bunyan's 'Pilgrim's Progress' did for his." What a shame for "undiluted heresy" to be put in the same category as Bunyan's work...

Jim said...

Did Flannery O'Connor die before C.S. Lewis did?

Thing is, if Lewis is the high mark, then woe-is-us. To be sure "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" is decent, and "The Voyage of the Dawn Treader" is excellent, but I found the other books in the Narnia series pretty dreary going.

I was reminded of this watching the movie version of Prince Caspian this summer. The story is a lot of windup for very little pitch.

I did enjoy "That Hideous Strength" -- particularly Lewis's treatment of gender relationships -- but "Perelandra" was a complete bore.

So you may be right, but it's doubly sad if the Lewis-threshold really isn't all that high to begin with.

Reepicheep said...


No, I don't think the threshold is very high at all.

O'Connor lived/died right around the same time as Lewis, I believe.

I like her short stories. Wise Blood was good. Otherwise I haven't read much of her.

I liked the Chronicles from beginning to end. I liked the Trilogy also.

OK, there hasn't been any good Christian fiction since Lews and O'Connor.

Oh...I forgot Tim LaHaye...NOT

Michael Lockridge said...

What I find amazing is the drive to comprehend the incomprehensible. We cannot comprehend the Trinity. We accept it, learn about it, but never comprehend. We KNOW God, we don't comprehend God.

Indeed, anyone who worships their perception of God is an idolater. God is infinitely greater than my knowledge and perception. That is the God I must worship. The God who knows me, and whom I can know but never comprehend.

For some reason people demand analogies for the Trinity, and then think that understanding the analogy they understand the Trinity. Eggs are great for breakfast but not good as doctrine.