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The Gravedigger File: Papers on the Subversion of the Modern Church

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Os Guinness describes in this allegorical tale the challenge to the 20th-century church posed by secularization, privatization and pluralization. 245 pages, paper
Paperback, 245 pages
Published July 1st 1983 by InterVarsity Press
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Diane
Sep 24, 2009 Diane rated it really liked it
Interesting novel in the vein of the "Screwtape Letters". This book purports to be a series of memos from the devil on how to subvert the modern Church in the West. Guinness has a number of good insights into the problems with contemporary Christian culture, and he tells his story with wit, but he isn't as good at presenting a positive model of what a Christian should be in modern culture. Whereas "The Screwtape Letters" presented both the positive and the negative of modern Christian life, this ...more
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Jun 14, 2009 Jrood rated it liked it
The Gravedigger File is a list of theologically informed cultural observations woven into a creative narrative. Based in Los Angeles, a global conspiracy is moving forward to destroy the church in the United States. Rather than posture itself in direct opposition, the conspirators aim to bring it down by working within the Church. They believe that American expressions of secularization, privitazation, and pluralization can be used to create a post-Christian worldview.

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Kyle Feenstra
Jun 17, 2007 Kyle Feenstra rated it it was amazing
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Os Guinness was 20 years ahead of all the Brian MacLarens, Donald Millers, and Rob Bells. He is hardly a postmodernist; he just predicted the postmodern dialogue of contemporary Western Christianity decades before we arrived here. Not only that but The Gravedigger Files is far more brilliant discourse than any of the books published recently. If you are a Christian and you have any inkling to question church culture you must read this book. In fact dont bother reading another page of MacLaren un ...more
David Campton
Aug 26, 2011 David Campton rated it it was amazing
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A classic looking at the threats to orthodox Christianity... Written against the background of pst 1960s liberalism and secularisation, it is a little dated, but much of what it foretold has come true...
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Oct 17, 2010 John Lowery rated it it was amazing
This is superb. Taking CS Lewis' Screwtape Letters as a model, this is correspondence between the devils 'on the field' and their HQ. Very amusing but extremely perceptive.
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Os Guinness (D.Phil., Oxford) is the author or editor of more than twenty-five books, including The American Hour, Time for Truth and The Case for Civility. A frequent speaker and prominent social critic, he was the founder of the Trinity Forum and has been a visiting fellow at the Brookings Institution and a guest scholar at the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Studies. He lives near Washi ...more
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