Why don't Evangelicals win the culture wars? Maybe it's because we think it's an opportunity to be winsome, inclusive, and welcoming. But this side of heaven, there are going to be enemies who hate the truth and are ready to take advantage of us. We need a new playbook.
In Rules for Reformers, Douglas Wilson poaches the political craft of radical progressives and applies it to Christian efforts in the current culture war. The result is a spicy blend of combat manual and cultural manifesto. Rules for Reformers is a little bit proclamation of grace, a little bit Art of War, and a little bit analysis of past embarrassments and current cowardice, all mixed together with a bunch of advanced knife-fighting techniques. As motivating as it is provocative, Rules for Reformers is just plain good to read.
Thanks to Saul Alinsky's Rules for Radicals: A Practical Primer for Realistic Radicals—a book well-beloved by Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and many others—for much of the shrewd advice, and for none of the worldview.
What People Are Saying:
"This book is quintessential Douglas Wilson. Which is to say it's very good, very smart, and flashes Wilson's spiritual gift of sarcasm. Wilson makes that old-time religion contemporary not by dumbing it down for the huddled masses, but through his trademark winsome snark. God's people are better for it. His enemies -- not so much." -Steve Deace, nationally syndicated radio host
"More like a lumberjack than a pastor, even when he wears a suit." -The New York Times
"Doug Wilson jumped the shark a long time ago." -Jonathan Merritt
"So just who is this twisted 'Doug Wilson' creature, anyway?" -The Slacktivist
"I much prefer Wilson's sincerity to the vague and Python-esque witterings of the interfaith and ecumenical groups who barely respect their own traditions. He is willing to maintain very staunchly that Jesus of Nazareth was the Christ and that his sacrifice redeems our state of sin." -Christopher Hitchens
"When friends ask me where I go for wise cultural analysis, the first name that always comes to mind is Doug Wilson. For years, I've found Doug's commentary on culture, politics, economics, and family to be profoundly insightful and biblically faithful. In Rules for Reformers, Doug has packaged his wise and witty cultural commentary with shrewd and gracious application of the Scriptures. In doing so, he's given those of us who love the gospel a manifest for grace-driven cultural reformation." -Joe Rigney, author of The Things of Earth and Live Like a Narnian and professor at Bethlehem College and Seminary
Douglas Wilson is a pastor in Moscow, Idaho, a father of three, and grandfather of seventeen. He is the author of numerous books, including Decluttering Your Marriage, Future Men, and How to Exasperate Your Wife.
AUTHOR: Douglas Wilson
PAGE COUNT: 288 pages
ISBN 10: 1-591281-79-2
PUB. DATE: December 2, 2014