The Shack Attack

It’s been on the “Best Seller” list for the New York times now for weeks. It’s forbidden to be read by Mark Driscoll (my fundy-hero). It’s a modern-day “Pilgrim’s Progress” …

What do you think about it? Have you heard about it? I’m interested to get some feedback on it. Read the USA Today article. If you’re dealing with Christianity, you’ll be asked about it, I’ll bet.

All the controversy is caused by this crazy little book, “The Shack”, where God is depicted as a black woman, and according to Christianity Today it poses a “Modalist View” of the Trinity (Modalism views the Trinity as one person who takes three different “forms” or “modes”, and it was denounced as heresy at Nicene and other church councils.)

the author -sexually abused (USA Today)

Says Mark Driscoll of Mars Hill Church in Seattle: “If you haven’t read The Shack, don’t!” According to USA Today:

Driscoll, whose multi-campus non-denominational church is packed with 6,000 people each weekend in the least-churched corner of the nation, says he is “horrified” by Young’s book. He says “it misrepresents God. Young misses the big E on the eye chart.” – USA Today article.

Anyone come across other reviews about the book? Let me know!

3 thoughts on “The Shack Attack

  1. lbeech

    Yes – the modelist view is very popular – as man tries to reason the concept of who God is. Our puny minds reason that he must have three different forms – much like like the goddess worship of mother earth or the other nature “dieties like the tri-goddess, Hecate, Diana, Selene. Man is so foolish – God is so different and mind-blowing.

    Early in my life I attempted to reason the unreasonable – such folly. That is why understanding basic doctrine is so important – Satan just loves to confuse our unstable minds.

    Thanks for the heads up on this book. I haven’t heard about it. How long has in been out?

    What is Driscoll’s reasoning for not reading it? It is the ideas he fears poisoning believers or is it a boycott of financially supporting heresy?

  2. kmcc

    It’s been on the NYT best-seller list for 10+ weeks. I haven’t actually heard Driscoll’s “forbidden reading” rap about this book, but I heard from K. Downs, who did hear it, that he said that about the book. I find it a little incredulous he would be so scared of it.

    Frankly, I think all Christians should engage what the culture is popularly pursuing. I can’t imagine telling a non-Christian friend, “Oh I HEARD that was bad, but I just can’t read it…” (as if my faith was that fragile).

  3. Michael Barker

    This Driscoll guy is off the hook!

    I think I would read the book as a valuable tool for gathering perspectives people may have on who God is.

    I encounter the folly in AA where it is “your higher power” brings us to sanity.

    Scriptural references are offensive unless they sound nice.

    I often get frustrated and loose interest in discussion meetings when God is like a light force that wants to keep me happy and help me love other people. Half true; but without Christ its not possible.

    My prayer is that the HS will empower me to love these people relentlessly and give me patience to listen to their perspective then lovingly rebuke them with truth.

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