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Christ Among the Dragons: Finding Our Way Through Cultural Challenges

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"Here Be Dragons" When medieval mapmakers came to the end of the world as they knew it, they would write on the edges of their maps, "Here Be Dragons." Without a way to navigate, these areas were, at best, promising yet unexplored, and at worst, perilous. At the beginning of the twenty-first century, evangelical Christians have an equally unsettling map and a lack of unity ...more
Hardcover, 190 pages
Published June 3rd 2010 by IVP Books
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The title makes this book sound like a personal devotional book on interacting with secular culture - and while there are elements of that present, the primary purpose of the author is to challenge the evangelical church/movement to face up to where it has either disengaged and/or capitulated to the culture.

That makes the book sound deadly dull - it isn't. James Emery White writes with a heady combination of orthodox Biblical theology, spot-on pop culture references & personal experience as
"... we approach everything with a warlike mentality, so we end up looking at the world���and people���with an adversarial frame of mind." James Emery White's book Christ Among the Dragons is full of similar sound-byte ready quotes that offer a clear view of many issues relating to the Christ/Culture relationship. The book doesn't cover a lot of new material, but it does present a lot of it in fresh, memorable ways. Here's another favorite quote, "The Christian has nothing to fear from science b ...more
Jared Totten
There have been well-publicized predictions in the past couple of years forecasting the demise of evangelicalism. These predictions have come from both within and without the church, ranging from's "The Coming Evangelical Collapse" to the New York Times Magazine's article "The Evangelical Crackup".

James Emery White is just one of the many who are not ready to call it quits just yet, as he demonstrates in Christ Among the Dragons. While we are fast approaching uncharted territory
My church has been doing this book club where you read a book selected by an assistant pastor for that month and discuss it. So I finished it an discussed it today with the group. Good discussion even though we didn't have a lot of time.

This book hits the church in a loving manner from different directions. White seems to address the core problem facing the local church and Evangelicalism at it's core and that problem essentially is disunity. And I can only say I HIGHLY agree and an AMEN. This h
Jul 27, 2011 James added it
Though White briefly tackles the nature of truth and exhorts a couple chapters in the category of Christian Living, this is primarily a work of ecclesiology.

White plausibly claims that the distinguishing factors of Evangelical moorings have shifted, and are almost washed away. He describes this shift continually within the framework of popular culture. He shares sufficiently rare truths to make Christ Among the Dragons a worthy book to add to a bookshelf on the state of the Christian Church.
Dennis Henn
Bright, articulate, engaging look at the Church, at culture and at the struggles faced by Evangelicals. My only complaint is that I wished I could write and/or communicate so well. He spoke in one chapter about the sin of envy and its repercussions so I must let this go. His chapter on truth was particularly rich.
Susan Henn
White explores the ways modern culture affects the church and the theology of its members, and how the church should impact culture. White provides a strong argument for the importance of being part of a local church. A very thought provoking book!
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