Friday, September 5, 2008

"God Is Now Weightless"

David F. Wells ... has labored to awaken the Western church from its neglect of the pre-eminence of God. The evangelical church, says Wells, ‘has lost its traditional understanding of the centrality and sufficiency of God.’

(No Place for Truth: Or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?
[Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1993], 296).

‘It is one of the defining marks of Our Time,’ he writes elsewhere, ‘that God is now weightless. I do not mean by this that he is ethereal but rather that he has become unimportant. He rests upon the world so inconsequentially as not to be noticeable. He has lost his saliency for human life.

'Those who assure the pollsters of their belief in God’s existence may nonetheless consider him less interesting than television, his commands less authoritative than their appetites for affluence and influence, his judgment no more awe-inspiring than the evening news, and his truth less compelling than the advertisers’ sweet fog of flattery and lies. That is weightlessness.’

(God in the Wasteland: The Reality of Truth in a
World of Fading Dreams [Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1994], 88).

cited by Dane Ortlund in his new book, "A New Inner Relish: Christian Motivation in the Thought of Jonathan Edwards" (Christian Focus Publishing)

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