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Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age

review Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Alan Noble Alan Noble Õ 0 free read Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age summary ☆ 0 Expose the fertile earth below In this book Noble lays out individual ecclesial and cultural practices that disrupt our society's deep rooted assumptions and point beyond them to the transcendent grace and beauty of JesusDisruptive Witness casts a new vision for the evangelical imagination calling us away from abstraction and clich to afaithful embodiment of the gospel for our d. Noble presents a view of the current culture that we take for granted until as he does we stop to think about it We are constantly distracted by our devices by our all consuming attachment to what s happening now It s a great insightIt used to be in the West that Christianity shaped culture Today culture shapes ChristianityBut in describing what it all means he relies so heavily on Charles Taylor that I felt maybe I had bought the wrong book Maybe I should be reading Taylor insteadThis part of the book is compelling It describes the problem I m looking for the solution Here Noble isn t all that convincing His basic prescription seems to be that disruptive witness means living your life according to proper Christian principles Well of course Christians have always sought to do that Being a Christian today is counter cultural And yet here we areIs that enough Maybe Matthew 516 would seem to apply here but Noble never mentions itThe book is a pretty fast read and worth your time It does cause you to stop and think which is a good thing in our distracted age

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review Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Alan Noble Alan Noble Õ 0 free read Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age summary ☆ 0 And less plausible Drawing on Taylor's work Alan Noble describes how these realities shape our thinking and affect our daily lives Too often Christians have acuiesced to these trends and the result has been a church that struggles to disrupt the ingrained patterns of people's lives But the gospel of Jesus is inherently disruptive like a plow it breaks up the hardened surface to. This book by an American professor comes highly recommended by many people and influential organisations like the Gospel Coalition and Tim Keller While I enjoyed reading it and found it made some important points it didn t in the end I found uite live up to the hypeThe first part which draws heavily on the Catholic thinker and writer Charles Taylor makes some interesting and insightful points about the nature of modern western culture and is well written and thought provoking but the second half which considers what the church should do about the culture I found in places less than wholly convincing for reasons I shall explain belowNoble begins by analysing contemporary western behaviour and culture which based on Taylor s analysis he calls the distracted buffered self He defines this as the practice of continuous engagement in immediately gratifying activities that resist meditation and reflection Its effects following Taylor he argues are amplified or exacerbated by the growth of secularism Taylor doesn t mean here atheism per se but that faith is but one of many options available and one on which the transcendent feels less and less plausible Developing Taylor s thinking Noble makes some important points The flattening out of communication means the space between the trivial and the crucial has shrunk The difference to put it another way between thick belief and thin belief say between faith in God and following a sports team have become much smaller Our culture doesn t easily allow us to wrestle with thick ideas ideas with depth and important implications The church can easily mimic the culture and risk contributing to the clutter and Distraction of modern life rather than helping to lift our neighbours out of it We are confronted by a worldview which looks at whether Christianity fits in with each person s authentic identity rather than whether it s true We choose beliefs that comprise our worldviewbased principally on what will grant us a sense of personal fulfilmentSo far so good and so helpful however I detect in both Taylor and Noble a nostalgia for a pre Reformation world which is both impossible to recreate and itself highly idealised Whether for example people in pre Reformation Europe were really as open to thick faith is a moot point Examination of priests in England for example around the Reformation showed an abysmal level of understanding of even the basic level of Christian belief Many were unable even to recite the Lords Prayer So it wasn t so much a thick culture of Christian faith as ignorance of what the faith was in the first place The idea that the non Christian in ages past was active attentive and aware of the costs of believing is also arguableThis brings me to the second half of the book which I found in places less than convincingNoble does make some good points about the way the church mimics the surrounding culture for example by having the service as a kind of performance where the focus is on the performers and as in contemporary culture every novelty is deployed to keep the audience entertainedBut his main point I find uestionable that the church can best achieve a disruptive witness by focusing on a double movement in which the goodness of being produces gratitude in us that acknowledges God In turn this leads to him stressing liturgy and sacraments in worship as bringing in silence and solitude and to use a modern phrase mindfulness I have two concerns Firstly that all of this assumes that the non Christian is there in church in the first place In parts of America such as the South there may be cultural Christians who might fit this bill but hardly in say New England the Pacific North West let alone Europe How these non Christians will be persuaded to come to church is not really dealt with and I am not convinced even if they came that they will be struck by transcendent sacraments and liturgies I find it fascinating that the focus is very much on the church and its witness through services rather than the relationship of the individual Christian to their non believing friends and family This rather begs the uestion why should the non Christian come to church in the first place Secondly I have noted before that some American evangelicals have a deep rooted attachment to liturgy and sacramentalism Whatever you have not got you tend to want Those of us living in a liturgical environment in Europe tend to be somewhat immuneIncidentally I have many friends who love a liturgical worship and I respect them for it but my point is this that if we want to introduce our friends to the transcendent God and break through the barriers of contemporary culture there is a much logical and easier to access means to do this through the word of God Surprisingly enough use of the bible plays a small part in Noble s book though he does emphasise the use of stories there are secular ones such as The Great Gatsby or The Road In my view and I think the bible itself says this personal sharing one on one of the bible should be the centre of our disruptive witness It does need to be disruptive as Noble cogently argues and the bible fulfills all the criteria Noble helpfully sets out It s supernatural and transcendent That is why it was writtenIt s a story especially the gospelsIt s easily accessible when we go out of churchLike art or novels or films of music it provokes what Taylor calls epiphanic transcendent reference thoughts of something greater and transcendent than say day to day life on social media But unlike the means suggested it takes us directly to the person of Jesus Christ who is both transcendent and personal and the whole point of the exercise Not so much a double movement us to the transcendent and then from that to God but a single movementI am not against much of what Noble recommends and feel that his diagnosis of culture is very helpful and accurately depicted But his remedy is not so much wrong as missing the point it s not wrong to have better liturgy or art or stories and they can be helpful but they won t ultimately do the jobNo surely to break through to contemporary cultures and buffering minds so expertly analyzed by Noble we should use the means appointed beforehand and sitting at our fingertips This especially using the gospels read 121 with friends I have found is the bible which when the Holy Spirit works as he promises He will will penetrate the most buffered mind and break through the most secular mentality to introduce our friends to Jesus Christ

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review Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Alan Noble Alan Noble Õ 0 free read Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age summary ☆ 0 We live in a distracted secular ageThese two trends define life in Western society today We are increasingly addicted to habitsand devicesthat distract and buffer us from substantive reflection and deep engagement with the world And we live in what Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor calls a secular agean age in which all beliefs are eually viable and real transcendence is less. Essential reading for Christians who want to love their neighbours and share their faith in a distracted age But before that can happen it helps to understand how technological distraction and the forces of secularism make it difficult to live as a Christian much less share the faithNoble suggests healthy skepticism and reorientation rather than wholesale rejection of our tools of distraction He helpfully suggests practices at different levels Church family individually that can turn the tide against the worst effects of distraction


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    author Alan Noble : Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age – Pdf Epub Free review Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Alan Noble Alan Noble Õ 0 free read Essential reading for Christians who want to love their neighbours and share their faith in a distracted age But before that can happen it helps to understand how technological distraction and the forces of secularism make it difficult to live as a Christian much less share the faithNoble suggests healthy skepticism and reorientation rather than wholesale rejection of our tools of distraction He helpfully suggests pra

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    author Alan Noble : Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age – Pdf Epub Free Alan Noble Õ 0 free read This book by an American professor comes highly recommended by many people and influential organisations like the Gospel Coalition and Tim Keller While I enjoyed reading it and found it made some important points it didn’t in the end I found uite live up to the hypeThe first part which draws heavily on the Catholic thinker and writer Charles Taylor makes some interesting and insightful points about the nature of moder

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    review Ô PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Õ Alan Noble Alan Noble Õ 0 free read author Alan Noble : Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age – Pdf Epub Free If you've ever wondered why it is so difficult to live out and share your faith in our modern context this is the book for you Drawing on the work of Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor Alan Noble diagnoses the aspects of our secular age that make it challenging to maintain and share your faith Noble highlights two key challenges

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    author Alan Noble : Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age – Pdf Epub Free Just finished reading Disruptive Witness Challenging and thought provoking Alan Noble’s newest book causes me to seriously reflect on how to move from the “thin” faith of mere self identity toward the “thickness” of transcendent truth Noble offers concrete ways followers of Christ can practically live out our faith in this world of secularism and distraction in ways that bring clarity and meaning pointing others to a transcendent

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    author Alan Noble : Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age – Pdf Epub Free Noble presents a view of the current culture that we take for granted until as he does we stop to think about it We are constantly distracted by our devices by our all consuming attachment to what's happening now It's a great insightIt used to be in the West that Christianity shaped culture Today culture shapes ChristianityBut in

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    review Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age author Alan Noble : Disruptive Witness: Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age – Pdf Epub Free Noble's book joins recent work by James KA Smith and Mike Cosper in exploring how Charles Taylor's important work can be used to diagnose not just what ails our secular age but also what ails the church in its witness to the world Disruptive Wi

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