Few have failed to notice the increasing accommodation of evangelicalism to worldly culture. Unless this trend is corrected, evangelicalism will soon lose the distinctives that have catapulted it to unparalleled success in the religious marketplace. This bold work by Robert Gundry finds a powerful and much-needed antidote to worldliness in John’s Gospel. Built on a unique combination of biblical exegesis, sociological analysis, and contemporary application, the book traces the influence of Word-Christology throughout the Gospel of John, unpacking its implications for North American evangelicalism. Sure to generate discussion—even controversy—are Gundry’s adoption of a sectarian interpretation of John and his evaluation of contemporary North American evangelicalism. Seeing the evangelical tradition as having moved far down the road from sect to mainline church, he argues that it now needs a strong dose of John’s logocentric sectarianism to avoid losing the edge that has made it successful.
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This is a bold and provocative book that addresses a question at the very heart of Evangelical identity at the start of the twenty-first century: the relationship of Christian faith to the present world. Working from an exegesis of the Gospel of John and through contemporary discussions in the sociology of contemporary American Evangelicalism, theologian Robert Gundry challenges the often unreflective way Evangelicals relate—and acquiesce—to their social and cultural milieu. This book will surely enrage as many as it will encourage.
—James Davison Hunter, LaBrosse-Levinson Distinguished Professor of Religion, Culture, and Social Theory, University of Virginia
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