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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 - that's another matter.

This audiobook is a jeremiad against new versions of Evangelicalism - the Marketing and Emergent Churches - and a call to return to the historic faith, one defined by Reformation solas (grace, faith, and scripture alone) and to a reverence 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, post-conservative, and post-foundational, embracing a less absolute understanding of the authority of scripture than traditionally held.

The Courage to Be Protestant is a dynamic argument for the courage to be faithful to what biblical Christianity has always stood for, thereby securing hope for the church's future.

©2008 David F. Wells (P)2013 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • 05-26-14

Necessary Provocation

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This is not a new book but a book that needs to be looked at frequently by those who claim fundamentalism as their theological and practical point of view. The book is as relevant now as when it was written, and in many minds more relevant.

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A very enlightening work!

the author is spot on regarding today's apostasy. This is a must-read, in fact it is a must-read right now!

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Much needed medicine

Dr. Wells administers some strong medicine to a sick and anemic evangelical church. May we all have the courage to take the medicine and the courage to stand for Biblical truth. Semper Reformanda.

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Essential for pastors, church leaders, and elders

This work brings so much clarity to the issues our churches battle with. This book will help many an elder avoid pitfalls of unbiblical tactics in "growing" God's church.

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Great audible book please more of David Wells

More of David Wells books would be appreciated I believe that he has at least 3 and maybe 4 more on the subject

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  • 03-04-20

very dense

This is one of those books with heaps of anecdotes and great observations that you could readily spend a lot more time than is needed to digest, understand and appreciate. I found the best way to go through it for me was to let run and limit the times of having to rewind. it's just too dense for that so I let it run. if you do that you'll find there's a lot of repetition anyway throughout the book just different anecdotes and angles. Nevertheless I really liked the content and general theme of the book ... the protestant church losing its way in the world, away from biblical understanding and losing the foundational doctrines maintained and practiced throughout the ages from the time of Jesus. I'm a charismatic/Pentecostal Christian and love studying the bible, it's doctrines and church history; contrary to many in churches like mine; and he really hit the nail on the head that the church service today especially by mega- churches and tele-evagelists is shallow, usually an entertaining pep talk, encourages self- centrism and is devoid of the historical and doctrinal foundations from which it arose. Yes I would say give it a read.