Blue Like Jazz Book Review

Mark Coppenger writes a short review of Donald Miller’s book. The entire review is worth reading.

He demeans politics and then pickets President Bush. He is impatient with war metaphors in the Bible, and then he wars against political and biblical conservatives. He condemns judgmentalism, but then praises John the Baptist for calling the Pharisees “snakes.” He’s bigger on feelings than reason, and it’s anybody’s guess where those will take him. He’s indifferent to the homosexual agenda and abortion but zealous for tithing. Go figure. He’s everywhere. He’s nowhere. Like nailing Jell-O to the wall.

I am reminded of this quote from the book ‘Orthodoxy’ by G.K. Chesterton (get it for free from CCEL)

But the new rebel is a Sceptic, and will not entirely trust anything. He has no loyalty; therefore he can never be really a revolutionist. And the fact that he doubts everything really gets in his way when he wants to denounce anything. For all denunciation implies a moral doctrine of some kind; and the modern revolutionist doubts not only the institution he denounces, but the doctrine by which he denounces it.

Orthodoxy was published in 1908. The old rebel was a skeptic too. If you would like to read Brett Kunkle’s paper on the Emerging Church (most would put Miller in that camp) and a response by Tony Jones go here. Kunkle presented the paper a couple weeks ago to the Evangelical Theological Society.

If you need to buy a copy of Blue Like Jazz, you can now visit the “Emerging Church” section of your local Christian book retailer.

HT: The Constructive Curmudgeon


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