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Good News for Anxious Christians by Phillip Cary
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Feb 01, 11

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This is a good book. I give it a solid three stars. The goodness of it is that it gets at a serious problem in Christian piety. The problem is identified by Cary as "the new evangelicalism." What he means by that is the popular ideas about how to be a good Christian that all just end up making good Christians feel anxious about their spiritual state. They are ideas that turn Christianity into a consumerist religion. His solutions are very sound Lutheran solutions. But in my view, that's the big problem with the book. Cary is an Anglican, but he is theologically a Lutheran. The law/gospel framework out of which he develops his ideas does not allow him to help Christians really engage with the law as part of the gospel. It is WAY better than the nonsense passed off as Christianity in the new evangelicalism, and the focus is definitely the gospel, but I think Lutherans in general (and Cary in this book) miss the point of the law as something unto which Christians have been saved. He focuses so much on justification that sanctification is almost out of the picture for the Christian life altogether. That said, this is a great book for helping people out of the traps of Baptistic thinking, and especially Pentecostalism.

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