Post Christian: What’s Left? Can We Fix It? Do We Care?

Christian Piatt. Jericho, $20 (224p) ISBN 978-1-4555-7311-0
Any book, not least an ostensibly Christian one, that announces its plan to “piss you off” promises to be provocative. Piatt (PregMANcy) delivers on his disconcerting promise as he calls out Christianity for what he sees as its “seven deadly scandals” (pride, certainty, lust, greed, judgment, fear, and envy) and invites everyone to imagine a more humble, faithful, loving, charitable, merciful, courageous and just future. Piatt pulls no punches in his postmodern verdict against Western Christianity, and his analysis of the “post-Christian” moment should touch a nerve among progressives and traditionalists alike. Piatt is an expert at deconstructing false precepts, false practices, and prejudices of all sorts. Still, while he criticizes Christendom’s mistaken sense of cultural hegemony, he leaves too many of his readers of faith standing foundationless and asking nervously, “Now what?” That may be exactly what the author wants. Instead of offering pat remedies to Christianity’s ills, he invites readers on a Kerouac-style journey of faith on the road with others who are preoccupied with similar questions and are comfortable living, and dying, with them. (Aug.)
Reviewed on: 06/09/2014
Release date: 08/12/2014
Genre: Nonfiction
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