Playing God: Redeeming the Gift of Power
I'll be writing a review for Comment magazine. Watch for it at http://cardus.ca/comment ...more
Andy Crouch has a different take that is evident in the word play in his title Playing God. We often think "playing God" is the worst manifestation of abusing power. But Crouch would argue that as imag ...more
It is undoubtedly one of the more bizarre paragraphs in Lewis’ oeuvre. ...more
So good. One of the best books I’ve read this year. Crouch, as usual, provides a different way of looking at the world, with nuance and insight, while shining fresh light on power from personal relationships to institutions to eschatology. Delightful.
I've read two books by Andy Crouch this month, both of which caused me to make significant, joyful alterations to my schedule and budget. A book that influences my thoughts, conversations, time, and down to even my checkbook is a good work indeed. ...more
What I really appreciate is that Crouch gives a very optimistic and realistic dimensions of power, with what could be and what ultimately always is with huma ...more
This is the best theological treatment of power that I’ve ever encountered.
Crouch’s illustrates wonderfully, his prose are clear, and he is wonderfully centrist.
Pick this book up!
I only give a five-star rating to books I consider not just thought-provoking, but paradigm shifting, and this one earns it. I rarely find contemporary Christian authors that simultaneously engage with a rich Christian historical legacy, while also cogently addressing modern problems. Books by contemporary authors often fall into two categories: self-help books with a weak theological veneer, or tomes that were dusty before they were even reached the self, and do not address a living church.
Andy Crouch has written a book that every Christian will benefit from. He helps us realize the true nature of the power we all have, beginning even in infancy....and how it can be used to contribute to the flourishing of family, neighbors...all.
This is an engaging and reflective work by Crouch. He argues that power is not something to be viewed as evil, but is a gift given by God, to be wielded carefully by his image-bearers. Of course humans have not always used this gift well. And because it is power, its misuse causes tremendous damage.
I found two area of the book especially insightful. First, Crouch argues that institutions are a primary way that power is multiplied, and through which most good and lasting changes ...more
“It is a source of refreshment, laughter, joy and life—and of more power. Remove power and you cut off life, the possibility of creating something new and better in this rich and recalcitrant world. Life is power. Power is life. And flourishing power leads to flourishing life. Of course, like life itself, power is nothing—worse than no ...more
For twelve years Andy was an editor and producer at Christianity Today (CT), including serving as executive editor from 2012 to 2016. He joined the John Templeton Foundation in 2017 as senior strategist for communication. His work and writing have been featured in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Tim ...more