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Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions (Re:Lit)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  749 Ratings  ·  69 Reviews
After 343,203 online votes, here are the top nine questions posed by visitors to the Mars Hill Church website, each one answered by Pastor Mark Driscoll in his own voice.

Inspired by 1 Corinthians, in which Paul answers a series of questions posed by the people in the Corinthian church, in 2008 Pastor Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle polled the visitors of his c
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Published June 19th 2009 by Crossway Books (first published April 28th 2009)
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Callie Rose Tyler
2 1/2 Stars

This book has some good information and interesting things to ponder, however when I look at the nine questions I am confused. Driscoll says that these are the most asked questions, even if this is true that doesn't mean that they should all be put together in the same book.

Many of the topics would be more interesting to a new believer or young believer such as Grace, Faith and Works, Sexual Sin, and Dating. Other topics such as The emerging Church, Predestination, and The Regulative
John Gardner
Nov 06, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Three years ago, Mark Driscoll — the pastor of Seattle's Mars Hill Church — asked church members and Internet voters to submit questions they would like to have answered. He was inspired to do this while preaching through 1 Corinthians, a letter in which Paul is answering questions asked by Christians in the city of Corinth. After nearly 900 questions were submitted and over 300,000 votes cast, Driscoll was able to sort the questions into broader categories, and narrow these categories down to t ...more
Dave Lester
Sep 01, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions" was originally based on 9 sermons that Pastor Mark Driscoll preached to his congregation at Mars Hill Church. The congregation voted on the issues that Driscoll would preach on so the questions were supposedly what was on the mind of the participants of the church.

Being that this is the case, the book is mostly incoherent and certainly lacks any kind of overarching theme. Even the theme of "religion saves" which Driscoll would take to mean as good
Oct 14, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You either like Mark Driscoll or you don't. It's as simple as that. I like him.

Of course, Mark has mellowed with age & maturity - he's still willing to make all kinds of jokes & asides that you normally wouldn't hear coming from a typical pastor, but the comments & opinions are tempered with humility & grace. (Mark has an esp. nice chapter in RELIGION SAVES on his use of humor that helps clear up a lot of things.) At the same time, he is profoundly Biblical in his theology &
Aug 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Christians in their mid-teens to mid-twenties
In Religion Saves, Driscoll answers the top 9 questions that were asked in a survey for a preaching series at Mars Hill. The result is an eclectic mix of topics ranging from sex and dating, to the doctrine of grace, to birth control, to the emerging church. Driscoll's responses are pretty much what you'd predict as a Reformed conservative, but he is well read and most of the discussion has depth. I don't agree with all his conclusions, but agree with more than not.

Mars Hill is a young church (bo
Mar 23, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
In general, my view of Mark Driscoll’s work is mixed at best. However, this book I found to actually be quite useful. It has a lot of what people like about Mark Driscoll (it’s hard-hitting, biblically conservative, relevant, and not afraid to question common Christian thought), and it had a lot less of what usually turns me and others of from Mark Driscoll (legalism, sloppy and forced exegesis, his elevation of his view of manliness as the highest of virtue).

The book is divided into 9 distinct
Michael Boling
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, WA is certainly no stranger to addressing what can be considered some of the more controversial religious and cultural topics of our day. His forthright style combined with what is clearly a passion for both the unchurched in his area of the country as well as what he would likely label the “frozen chosen” within the body of Christ, truly makes him a love or hate him type author. In his book Religion Saves + Nine Other Misconceptions, Driscol ...more
Ben Adkison
Jan 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Book

My beautiful wife gave me this book for Christmas, and ever since I've been slowly picking my way through it's pages. It's that type of book. You can read a chapter one night, put the book down, pick it up again a month later, and read another chapter. The chapters stand on their own.

Religion Saves was a sermon series at Mars Hill Church before it became a book. Driscoll gave his church members (and really anyone who visited the church website) the chance to vote on his sermon topics. Th
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When the chance to review/be one of the first to read Mark Driscoll’s new book “Religion Saves: and Nine Other Misconceptions” I jumped at the chance.

Driscoll is the founding and lead pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, and a well-known figure. I became acquainted with his work during Nightline’s debate, held earlier this year, on whether or not Satan exists.

The book, with its catchy title, evolved from a sermon series Driscoll developed after he was inspired by Paul’s writings in
Oct 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a good read. Each chapter is punching, direct and to the point. Driscoll never skirts around the matter. He is very practical and pastoral in his approach. He is also very direct and takes neither nonsense nor prisoners.

I would recommend most of the chapters to any Christian, and wouold endorse most of what he says.

The weakest chapter is the chapter on presdestination, where Driscoll simply falls back on his Reformed/Calvinistic dogma without giving proper consideration to the subje
Jul 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is essentially a case of the book being better than the movie. I listened to the podcasts of these sermons as Driscoll delivered them, and they were good, if moderately frustrating at parts, but Driscoll has really improved his work by putting it in print, attributing more quotes, and enhancing the content itself. Specifically, when he spoke about the emerging church (question 2), he told his congregation that he knows this was all from internet voting and that they don't care, so he only u ...more
Sep 11, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine introduced me to Mark Driscoll last year, so when this book came up for review I jumped at the opportunity to check it out.

Let me tell you Mark doesn’t hold back in this book! wow. I was surprised at how he jumped right in with his candid remarks (ie. in the opening about people giving him flack for having five kids!)

I like what Mark does to dispel the lies here. He brings God’s Word, and historical facts to challenge misconstrued beliefs and I was surprised and actually a littl
Eric Nelson
The problem with this book is that it presents itself as seeker friendly when it�s not. His answers to the theological questions, like Faith/Works, Emerging Church, and Scripture are particularly difficult for an unconditioned hearer to navigate without re-reading. Furthermore, his logic is at times frustrating. Clearly, he did vet this book with anyone who disagreed strongly with him, because had he, it would have been easier for those of us who don�t think exactly like him to follow his logic ...more
Christy Lockstein
Jun 23, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Religion Saves by Mark Driscoll is a compilation of sermons Driscoll gave at his Mars Hill church in response to questions submitted by his congregation online. From 893 questions, he narrowed it down to the most popular and occasionally most controversial such as birth control and worship styles. I appreciated Driscoll's almost irreverent writing style that doesn't allow readers to take these issues too seriously, especially when they are the ones that divide believers. However, he doesn't dism ...more
At Mark Driscoll's church website, people were allowed to post any question and vote for their favorites. The top nine questions eventually became this book.

The title and cover art are a bit misleading. The preface claims that the book aims to "debunk the junk promulgated by religion on everything." In actuality, it's just a smorgasbord of things that Christians tend to wonder about.

The major perk of the loosely strung format is that the reader can turn immediately to chapter questions that inte
Matt Hill
Jun 27, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: half-read
some very good stuff here . .esp. the chapter that sort of outlines a recent history of the emergent/emerging/missional church . . lots in there i wasn't really privy to .. the chapters on big theological stuff--predestination, grace, etc.--were good too, though nothing much unexpected, i guess . . the one chapter that bothered me for sure was the one regarding humor . . first of all, i don't think the question of whether humor being used for effect in the church is okay is really much of a live ...more
Rachelle Sperling
Earlier this year I started listening to Mark Driscoll’s sermons from his Trial series from First and Second Peter. I’ve been encouraged and challenged by them, so when I saw this book I decided to give it a try.

The book was written in response to the top nine questions asked on the Mars Hill website during a period where people were asked to write in with the questions they would like answered.

Chapter one started with the 9th most popular question. The question was about birth control. First,
Dave Johnson
Apr 30, 2010 rated it liked it
mostly, it was pretty good. i disagreed with some of his thoughts that veered a little on the Calvinistic side, but mostly the book was decent.

this was my first real chance to hear anything from Driscoll. i've heard good things from friends, but never really read or heard anything from him.

the book is his response to ten user-submitted questions from his website which were voted upon, and then he goes from the least to the most popular question. as you can guess, there are some predictable ques
He raised some social and personal issues I was unaware of, historical backgrounds on these topics (like birth control started from centuries before but what grossed me out was tampons used from horse boo-boo was like...are you kidding me?), and biblical insight that also seemed or felt a bit manipulated to meet the author's take on things. Could it be misinterpreted based on the Bible concepts although he had researched all worldly perspectives to the extreme?

Misconceptions: (my ratings per cha
Jul 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First, I'd like to state that this book is not for the faint of heart. I think to properly receive when reading this book, you have to come into it with an open mind and with that being said, let me enlighten you with my own thoughts on this read.

Author and Pastor Mark Driscoll has written this book in the means to shed light on questions that may seem hard to answer, questions certain people tend to draw the line on and never bring up again. As being a believer myself, seeking to be scriptural
Dottie Parish
Mark Driscoll, pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle answered questions from his congregation in an evening service (without children there). The top nine sermons are included in this book. In the introduction he states that “religion never saved anyone, and religious answers to complex questions are simply misconceptions, hence the title. His answers are Biblical and he notes that many of today’s issues are not addressed in the Bible.

Questions covered deal with dating and sex, the long standin
Wendy C
Oct 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
This book short be read by everyone in my age range 30-40 somethings. It gives an excellent break down of the "Emergent" movement and who to trust and not to trust there (the author was / is a part of the good Biblical piece of the movement). HE does a great job tackling with pith some tough topics, ie. grace vs. works, predestination. THE BOOK IS WORTH ITS WEIGHT IN GOLD for the dating chapter and He is on target. I love his writing a lot. He gives Biblical truth in a pithy, relevant, understan ...more
Sep 07, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Based on an idea drawn from 1 Corinthians, Pastor Mark Driscoll decided to poll visitors to his church's website regarding their most controversial questions and then answer the top nine vote getters. The result is an in-depth look at such topics as predestination, grace, humor, birth control, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, the emerging church, and the regulative principle (I know, me either!). The result is enlightening, informative, sometimes shocking, convicting, and encouraging. Writte ...more
Jan 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay. This book is ingenious. He's publishing his sermons from popular questions from his congregation. The guy's a genius. Speaking of, he's Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill Church in Seattle. I really enjoyed his chapters on birth control, humor, sexual sin, and the emerging church. Most helpful was the discussion on Rob Bell (I'm reading Love Wins right now) and how close some emergent's border on heresy. Some are just plainly heretical. I'm not afraid to say that. I would encourage any Christian ...more
Jul 29, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Religion Saves is a must read for people that are seeking the truth on what the Scriptures say. Mark’s bold writing and in-your-face issues show compassion and care to the ones that seek God’s Word.

Driscoll stresses the importance that religion does not save but only through the grace of God we can know Him. The issues that are addressed are clear and comprehensible to the average church-goers in America.

Scripture-based is the key to the success of this book. It is not based on what man says, bu
Feb 10, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A random book, but since it was just answering most popular questions that he received, I don't know how it couldn't be random. Some chapters I really liked. Others, I didn't (especially the humor chapter... it seemed like he was really trying to be funny, but not really succeeding). This book is valuable though because some people honestly have questions about these things and Mark makes some really good points that I wouldn't be able to think of or articulate the way he does. I feel like this ...more
Feb 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion, non-fiction
I listened to this on my iPod as I drove to and from work. I got it for free at Driscoll preached on these questions and answers, and then turned it all into a book. Smart idea. I especially enjoyed his chapter on humor. Not everyone will buy his argument, but he attempts to be biblical . . . and I think I buy it. You can watch videos on each topic at Mars Hill's website.

is a YouTube video of his talk on humor.
C.H.E. Sadaphal
Nov 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theology
The bottom line: A superb handbook of practical theology made accessible to all. Provides comprehensive biblical principles to navigate through life’s more complicated dilemmas and answers the tough questions.

In the author’s own words, “[R]eligion never saved anyone, and religious answers to complex questions are simply misconceptions.” Examples of some of these complex questions include birth control, dating, breaking free of sexual sin, predestination, the “gift” of singleness, grace, the emer
Apr 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Giving it 4 stars because it helped me greatly when I was first learning about predestination (that's actually the reason I bought the book). The chapter on birth control also had a lot of helpful information in it. As I've grown as a Christian, I've come to see Driscoll's work in a different light. I still appreciate it and see it as very valuable, but I'd most likely not read it again. If you want to learn more about the different topics the book takes up, it might be more fruitful to read a b ...more
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: christian-life
I liked this book a lot. I was expecting Mark Driscoll Lite, based on the way it's presented -- but I don't think such a thing exists! Kind of a random collection of topics, but he's consistent in contrasting a religious approach to a grace/gospel approach in each issue. I loved the chapters on Grace and Faith/Works for the very practical and encouraging theology, and I always find his perspective of the emerging church helpful. This is an attractive book for a non-reader, or a non-Christian.
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Mark A. Driscoll is the founder and teaching pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, Washington, as well as the co-founder of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network where he also served as President for a short period. Driscoll continues to serve on the board of Acts 29. He has contributed to the "Faith and Values"
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“In treadmill religion, we have to work hard and perform at a high level for God to take notice of us.

The problem with treadmill performance religion is that it leads to either pride or despair. If you keep the rules of your religious team, you become arrogant. Conversely if you fail to keep the rules of your religious team, you despair. Justifying grace gives us full assurance that God will love us no more if we perform well and love us no less if we perform poorly. By justifying grace, our acceptance before God and the grounds for our righteousness are solely Jesus' works of sinless living, substitutionary death, and bodily resurrection and therefore are not in any way contingent upon what we do or do not do.”
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