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The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-Lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World

, 2008
ISBN: 9780802840073

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“It takes no courage to sign up as a Protestant.” These words begin this bold work—the culmination of David Wells’ long-standing critique of the evangelical landscape. But to live as a true Protestant—well, that's another matter.

This book is a jeremiad against “new” versions of evangelicalism—marketers and emergent—and a summons to return to the historic faith, defined by the Reformation solas (grace, faith, and Scripture alone) and by a high regard for doctrine.

Wells argues that historic, classical evangelicalism is marked by doctrinal seriousness, as opposed to the new movements of the marketing church and the emergent church. He energetically confronts the marketing communities and their tendency to try to win parishioners as consumers rather than worshipers, advertising the most palatable environment rather than trusting the truth to be attractive. He takes particular issue with the most popular evangelical movement in recent years—the emergent church. Emergents, he says, are postmodern and postconservative and postfoundational, embracing a less absolute understanding of the authority of Scripture than traditionally held.

The Courage to Be Protestant is a forceful argument for the courage to be faithful to what Christianity in its biblical forms has always stood for, thereby securing hope for the church’s future.

This book was named in Preaching Magazine’s 2009 list of “Books Every Preacher Should Read.“

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  • Encourages faithfulness to biblical Christianity
  • Confronts today’s “marketing” mentality
  • Calls for a return to doctrinal evangelicalism
  • The Lay of the Evangelical Land
  • Christianity for Sale
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  • God
  • Self
  • Christ
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  • Title: The Courage to Be Protestant: Truth-Lovers, Marketers, and Emergents in the Postmodern World
  • Author: David F. Wells
  • Publisher: Eerdmans
  • Print Publication Date: 2008
  • Logos Release Date: 2016
  • Pages: 267
  • Language: English
  • Resources: 1
  • Format: Digital › Logos Research Edition
  • Subjects: Evangelicalism; Postmodernism › Religious aspects--Christianity; Protestant Churches › Doctrines
  • ISBNs: 9780802840073, 0802840078
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Metadata Last Updated: 2022-09-29T23:00:03Z

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David Falconer Wells (born 1939) is Distinguished Senior Research Professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. He is the author of several books in which his evangelical theology engages with the modern world. Wells received his B.D. from the University of London; Th.M. from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School; Ph.D. from Manchester University (England); and was a post-doctoral Research Fellow at Yale Divinity School. Wells is a Council member of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals.


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  1. Matthew Honeycutt
    This was required reading in one of my seminary classes. This work by Wells is an essential read for any preacher or student of the Word. Excellent treatment of understanding the theological landscape of postmodernism. Highly recommend it!


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