Posted in Eschatology, History, Islam, Personal, Personal Development, Relationships, tagged CNN, Daveed Gartenstein-Ross, Islam, Personal Development, Politics, Radical, radicalism on May 7, 2013|
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Daveed’s Stud Pose
First off, let me mention that I’m very proud of my friend, Daveed. When I first met him, he was a Muslim and well on his way to being a radical one. Since then, by the power of the resurrected Christ, he’s become a Christian. Praise God! This whole process has given him something of a unique perspective on radical Islam, both domestic and international. You can read all about his experience in My Year Inside Radical Islam. A couple of years ago he also authored a book about how America is not winning the war on terrorism called Bin Laden’s Legacy.
Alright, enough pluggin’ his written work. How about Daveed’s recent work on CNN ? Dig this:
A discussion worth watching
As it comes to the content of that discussion, I admit that I know virtually nothing. Even so, one thing stood out to me that seems quite helpful. Daveed distinguished between “radicalization” and the willingness to engage in violence. These two things are most certainly distinct and need to be understood as such.
Let me illustrate how important this distinction is. I would be (and probably should be) viewed as a radical Christian. (more…)
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Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream by David Platt
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
I don’t know anything about David Platt except what I read in this book. So, I cannot vouch for him in any way. His book, in a word, is convicting. I liked that. We need to be reminded not to pursue our own comforts, but to pursue the propagation of the Gospel. So, on that level, the book is excellent.
There are, however, many problems with the book, too. The most glaring problem is a hermeneutical one. Since Platt’s trying to show how radical the call of Christian life is (which call he unfortunately calls the Gospel), he tends to grab onto texts without understanding them in the context of the whole of the Bible. Thus, he sounds quite unbalanced at times. Also, there’s a great deal of guilt manipulation throughout the book, which is quite distasteful.
If you can fight through these and other problems (which, indeed, takes a good deal of effort to do), the book will be a benefit to you. Platt does a good job distinguishing the American Dream from the call to be Christ’s disciple, and that’s a good thing. No… it’s an excellent thing and, it seems to me, to be a message quite needful in our day.
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