The Vanishing Evangelical by Calvin Miller

The Vanishing Evangelical: Saving the Church from Its Own Success by Restoring What Really MattersThe Vanishing Evangelical: Saving the Church from Its Own Success by Restoring What Really Matters by Calvin Miller
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This book was rather depressing, but I think quite realistic in its portrayal of the state of evangelicalism in America. The premise of the book is how evangelicalism in the US is declining. Some of the reasons were cited, including the church adapting to the culture in an effort to bring people in, instead of bringing Christ to the culture. Thus the church becomes more like the culture rather than helping the culture to become more like the church.
“the core issue that could most hasten our decline is that fewer and fewer people find the church a place of community.”
While I didn’t necessarily agree with everything the author had to say, I think overall this book is accurate in its portrayal of the state that evangelicalism is in throughout the US. The author doesn’t pull any punches in his estimation that the pendulum is not necessarily going to swing the other way and evangelicalism is not going to start improving and be on the upswing. Yet his suggestions regarding how as individuals we can work on improving our own growth and going back to the truth of Scripture ourselves is helpful. Though we might not be able to change the state of evangelicalism as a whole, we can change as individuals.

This book would be a good read for those who are already cognizant of the state of Christianity in America and thus won’t be additionally depressed by the realistic outcome this book portrays. It is a wake-up call, though we may already be past the point of no return. Yet the challenge remains that we as individual Christians can go back to the truth of Scripture and stand up for what is right rather than capitulating to the culture around us and thus continuing the moral decay.

*I received this book free of charge from the publisher in exchange for my review.

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