The Gospel Coalition has published an interesting exchange between Kevin DeYoung and David Platt about Platt’s new book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream. DeYoung provides a critical review of the book, and then Platt follows with his response. Here’s an excerpt to give you an idea of DeYoung’s approach:
‘Radical is a stirring book that will help many Christians. But not everything here is helpful. Let me highlight a few concerns I have with the book and with the some elements of the larger “get radical, get crazy Christianity” that is increasingly popular with younger evangelicals. I hesitate to mention these concerns because there is so much in the book I agree with and because David does provide caveats here and there to soften the blow of his rhetoric. But people tend to hear what we are most passionate about, and I’m afraid the take-home message from Radical for many people may reinforce some common misconceptions about what it means to be sold-out for Jesus.’
The differences here are real and substantive, but the tone of each of these brothers is as irenic as they come. I found this to be very helpful. Read the rest of DeYoung’s review and Platt’s response here.
My take is being obedient to the Spirit is being radical.
Here is another review of David Platt’s book by a Reformed guy. I don’t agree with everything he says.
Very thankful for DeYoung’s review. A much-needed word.
As Anthony Bradley nicely summarizes, Platt’s book borders on endorsing “a Gnostic avoidance of material enjoyment…”
It would help to define the goodness of the American Dream. What’s a better alternative here on earth for the poor, those without liberty…the Chi-com dream, the Cuban Dream? It is not necessary to teach the gospel and grace and include popular Liberal and anti-American thought.