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Jesus Made in America by Stephen J. Nichols
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While well researched, entertaining, and theologically sound, Jesus Made In America relies too much on a dogmatic tone and one-sided argument to ultimately prove its thesis. Although I agree with most of Nichols’ conclusions, I don’t, however, think that he used the best method to develop his point. Ninety five percent of this book is critical in its tone, as little credibility is given to those for whom the book cites and denounces. This narrow minded, critical approach will only attract and maintain readers who agree with Nichols, while deterring the readers who don’t. It is important to promote open, critical thought that takes into account all sides of an argument, which is something Nichols fails to do. However, Nichols does make a solid argument, as he calls readers to re-structure their Christology first according to scripture, second by tradition, and third by experience. Therefore, Jesus Made In America functions as a well-researched indictment against American Evangelism and its consistent tendency to esteem culture more than Christ. While the argument in this book is spot on, it will unlikely convince those evangelicals whom it denounces, as its narrow-minded approach will do little to promote a critical, yet humble, discussion about the problems in American Evangelicalism today.
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