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Pages   221
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.3" Width: 5.48" Height: 0.59"
Weight:   0.5 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jan 30, 2009
Publisher   Nav Press
ISBN  1600063624  
EAN  9781600063626  

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Explore how the majesty and radical reality of God?s amazing grace has been culturalized and rendered impotent in America. Then begin to tear down the cultural barriers to both the acceptance of the gospel and the mission of the church in America.

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Has your faith become irrelevant?Our Western culture has systematically reduced Christianity to little more than religious ritual and personal piety. Is this really the best that God has in mind for his kingdom? Join S. Michael Craven in exploring how the majesty and radical reality of God's amazing grace have been culturalized and rendered impotent in America. Then begin to tear down the cultural barriers to both the acceptance of the gospel and the mission of the church in America.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! S. Michael Craven is the president of the Center for Christ and Culture in Dallas, Texas. Considered a leading cultural apologist, he studies, writes, and lectures on theology, philosophy, and culture. Michael has been a featured speaker at the University of California at Berkeley, national conferences, and seminaries and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, ABC, and NBC. His weekly columns can be found on,, and The Christian Post, where they reach over 3.5 million readers each month.

S. Michael Craven was born in 1960.

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Uncompromised Faith  May 24, 2009
Finishing and reviewing Uncompromised Faith, written by S. Michael Craven and published by Navpress, has taken me longer than usual. Not because it was difficult to read or any reason of that nature, but because there is so much there that honing a review down to a few hundred words is difficult. The subject of religion and culture has been increasingly covered recently, edging toward a time when it seems there is little new left to say about the subject.

Uncompromised Faith, however, comes closer than most to intelligently and theologically dissecting the problems and implications of concepts such as modernism, postmodernism and cultural engagement, among others, in regard to the Christian church. Craven does not, as many writers do, bow to postmodernism as a concept we must embrace to move forward. Rather, he points out the flaws that arise from misconceptions about what modernism and postmodernism are.

The author correctly points out the mistake in considering the emerging church and church going habits - or lack thereof - of the younger generation by stamping on the label of postmodernism and sealing the envelope. He also reveals the problems caused by the misinterpretation of postmodernism, its implications, and applications to the church. Postmodernism assumes facts not in immediate evidence and cannot be generally applied to all aspects of the church - or the younger generations for that matter.

For example, strict adherents to postmodernism at face value assume that young people no longer want or need apologetics or theological depths to their faith. As Josh McDowell, who wrote the forward for Uncompromising Faith, and his son Sean, have argued - and Craven demonstrates - that is not the case. The new contemporary services may be dramatic and spiritual ways to worship, but they do not answer the tough questions. And young people today have many questions. But we need to be able to help answer those questions on their terms.

But before we answer those questions - or in order to answer those questions - we must understand our relationship with the cultures around us. Which is where Craven shines. Beginning with the state of the church today and how it is affected by culture, the author moves through chapters discussing the challenges and problems of modernity, modernism, and postmodernism, to the clashes between religion and culture. Which he illustrates in the second, and final, section, "social ideas that hinder belief and adversely influence the Christian life and witness." The social ideas he considers are those based around the "sexualized" culture, homosexuality, marriage, feminism, and new age spirituality.

Craven wraps it all up with a fitting epilogue in which he sums up the struggle between Christianity and culture, discusses the church's weaknesses and challenges, and finishes with ideas on how to move forward. Engaging in the culture with a Christian worldview and the flexibility that comes with understanding. Uncompromised is a must read for anyone interested or concerned with moving the church forward in seemingly compromising times and understanding the influence of cultures that surround us.
Must-read for Christian leaders and influencers  May 14, 2009
It's rare that I discover two really great books back to back (or cover to cover). However, that's been the case with my last two reads. Tim Challies' The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment">The Discipline of Spiritual Discernment was a powerful challenge to the 21st century Christian. My review of that book is here.

I regretfully put down Michael Craven's Uncompromised Faith: Overcoming Our Culturalized Christianity last night. While I urged Christian leaders and church members to snatch a copy of Challies' book ASAP, I have to trumpet the urgency of reading Craven's book for the same group.

No other book that I've read in the past 10 years is as timely, welll-reseached and powerful as this book and its message. Simply put, if you are living in 21st century Western culture and want to know what and how to speak and relate intelligently during these new rounds of culture wars, read this book.

It is not for the faint of heart. In fact, I am 100% positive it will make most Christians mad. It will disturb you. It will appall you. It will convict you. The Christian church in Western society has capitulated to the philosophies and attacks of godless worldviews. More than likely, your position on many current cultural issues is more informed by junk science and false research propogated by the main stream media, politicians and Hollywood than it is by the clear teaching of God's Word.

In hard-hitting chapter after chapter, Craven unpacks such crucial cultural issues such as sexuality, homosexuality, the definition of marriage, consumerism, feminism and new age spirituality. Pulling from research, journals and the scientific community, he cites source after source documenting not only a steady but an intentioned undermining of the ethics and teaching of Jesus Christ. That so many Christians hold opinions contrary to the clearly revealed will of the Creator in these areas is not just alarming. It reveals a church in a crisis of righteousness.

The voice and influence of the church in our culture is negligible because we stand for nothing. And when we do, the angry froth coming off the lips of self-righteous and self-appointed leaders of the Right blinds the eyes and closes the ears of a public more concerned about sound bytes than truth. Craven compares the reactive response of religious leaders today to throwing "Christian hand grenades."

"...occasionally entering culture to present our one-sided arguments for the truth of Christianity and then retreating to our churches as soon as we're done. Being missional means we act more like a rescue force that is determined to stay until are rescued than like a commando unit that occasionally enters hostile territory to harass the enemy."

Craven provides considerate, loving and wise counsel for churches and Christians who would seek to be a city on a hill once again. Our light must shine. Our works must glorify the Father. We must think again.

His chapter on postmodernism is particularly good. In the past 10 years, Christian leaders have obsessed over how to do ministry in a postmodern age. Many have made money off of books, speaking engagements and the like, claiming to offer and help churches and ministries understand postmodernism. It has almost developed into hysteria. Craven offers instructive counsel, "But upon closer examination, postmodernism is overstated concerning its impact on the culture: Modernity remains in my mind a much more influential impulse."

He quotes Dick Keyes of the L'Abri Fellowship in Massachusetts in which postmodernism is compared to a flood whose waters have receded: "While the water may be gone, the damage nonetheless remains."

His assertions on how to dialogue and respond to those who hold a postmodern world view (and a modernistic worldview) are a much-needed corrective to the postmodern hype and hysteria currently being digested in Christianity.

Another excellent chapter was the one on sexuality. Craven makes some bold, and I believe, dead-on claims in this chapter about the pervasive and insidious effect that redefining sexual ethics and morality have had on our culture. Looking back to the sexual revolution of the 1960s, he says

It was, for all intents and purposes, a declaration of war against God's revealed moral standards. The sexual revolution was the beachhead from which the final assault of God's absolute moral truth was launched. The battle to redefine sexual ethics has become the ground out of which springs the cultural rejection of moral absolutes and ultimately, I believe, Christianity in America.

If nothing else, find a chair in Barnes & Noble, and read this chapter. It's a revealing and startling look at how the agenda to redefine what is right and wrong with sexual behavior affects almost every significant cultural issue in Western society: abortion, the definition of marriage, love, the definition of family, trust, selflessness, homosexuality, and life itself.

It's not just about prudish Christianity saying sex outside marriage is sinful. It is by its very nature a brutal rape of truth itself. Is there a revealed truth outside of our own preferences? Is there a standard for morality? Or can our behavior be individually determined by what leads to our "happiness?" We are not looking at the slippery slope. We are on it, and we may even be looking back up at it - flat on our backs.

The church has capitulated in its embrace and defense of truth and God's revealed will. In the name of love and tolerance, we have allowed overtly sinful and offensive behavior in our churches and even in our private lives. A compromised church offers nothing to the world worthy of emulating.

Craven is not afraid to take on Hugh Hefner's legacy in the book, nor is he hesitant to deal with the societal taboo of homosexuality and its causes. Craven offers scientific studies and other proofs that dispute the pseudo-science offered up by agenda-ized media and political sources that would try to persuade people that homosexuality is genetic. In short, people aren't born gay, he points out.

Even if homosexuality was inborn (and it's not), Craven urges readers to consider the logic of claiming the morality of something that is inborn. "Everything from alcoholism, obesity, violence and adultery, according to Time magazine, may be in our genes. If that were the case, would we then say that these tendencies are morally acceptable because they may have their roots in biology?"

He quotes Joe Dallas, a former gay-rights activist who pointed out that also said even if homosexuality was inborn:

"...that does not necessarily mean normal. There are a number of defects or handicaps resulting from disruptions in the genetic development, which are inborn, but we would not call them normal for that reason alone. So why should we be compelled to call homosexuality normal, even if it were inborn? Inborn tendencies towards certain behaviors do not make those behaviors normal."

In a contemporary climate where in the past 12 months five states have legalized homosexual marriage, it becomes apparent just how intent a small minority of vocal influencers are in crucifying the claims of God over man are again. Craven's chapter on the definition of marriage is another vocalization of the fact that as goes the attitude of society towards marriage, so goes society.

For churches and Christian influencers seeking to understand how to respond to the all-out attack on the revealed will and desires of a holy God, Craven offers surprisingly gracious and loving counsel as he deals with such topics of polarizing viewpoints.

Please, go buy 5 copies of this book now for your Christian friends and leaders. Start a reading group and give yourself two months to be done. You'll be glad you did. And the church in the West may begin to take some steps toward a godly and redemptive response to our culture once again as Christ's followers stop blending with society and start transforming it once again.
An engaging primer on Christianity and American culture  May 11, 2009
Michael Craven states the purpose of his book in his introduction: "...indentifying and tearing down...deeply entrenched and rarely examined cultural barriers to both the acceptance of the gospel and the mission of the church in America."

I agree with Craven's assessment that the American church in general is on the losing side of influence in the context of the greater American culture. I liked the idea of examining various worldviews prominent in America today and dissecting how they work to prevent the Kingdom of Christ from spreading or deepening in our country.

Overall, Craven accomplishes these purposes. "Uncompromised Faith" is a helpful overview of key cultural and social forces that currently shape America. I recommend this book as an engaging primer on the topic.

A few things that would have made the book stronger:
· I wish he would have expanded the epilogue, "What Are We To Do?" to include more practical steps for growth and change.
· The research for the chapter on feminism is culled almost exclusively from a single source. I found Craven's lack of breadth and depth of research on the topic led him--ironically--to conclusions that were shaped by secular feminism far more than by church history or biblical scholarship.
· Personally, I would have liked fewer exclamation points and a little less hyperbole.
Faith for the Christian today  Apr 28, 2009
S. Michael Craven has written a gem of a book that should be read by all who profess to be Christians. He realizes that all Christians today are being bombarded on all sides from those who seek to tear down Christianity and those who believe in the One True God.

In Uncompromised Faith: Overcoming our Culturalized Christianity the reader embarks on a journey as to why Christians are selling out and no longer living their faith. The fact of materialism, consumerism and modernism makes it harder and harder to live like Jesus. We want what we want and we want it now - who cares who gets hurt. This in turn creates more problems that we as a society have to deal with.

It is painful to see the Christ's church touting so much of the world's beliefs and living them. Divorce is rampant even among Christians, homosexuality is accepted and becoming the norm, abortion is legalized, other religions are slowly infiltrating into our churches and of course, there is no gender differences, co-habitation and premarital sex are okay. This is what the world wants everyone to believe. The church is buying into it because we don't know how to stand up against it or how to refute it. Of course there is also the risk of persecution, of which our Brothers and Sisters in other cultures and times have suffered because of their uncompromised faith in Christ.

Mr. Craven gets to the heart of the matter by discussing with well documented research, quotes from both the Christian side and the opposing side, he makes it understood why Christians need to stand up and say no more compromising! The plague of worldliness and new age philosophies are tearing Christ's churches down and are misleading those inside them. The end of the book gives ideas on what we do to help with fixing these problems both within the churches and also in our daily lives. It isn't just about saying we're Christian, it's about letting others see Jesus in us through our lives, our speech, our interactions - it's about doing!

This was a heavy read, which isn't a bad thing, it took time to mull over what S. Michael Craven was writing about in Uncompromised Faith. That is what is needed though, not some mealy mouth anecdote but meaty resources that will revive our churches and will have God present in them and in our lives!

Worth thinking over  Apr 25, 2009
In "Uncompromised Faith: Overcoming Our Culturalized Christianity" apologist S. Michael Craven posits that Christians have become so conformed to our culture that we have ceased to have significant meaningful impact on the world for Christ. Craven calls on Christians to understand the ways in which we are influenced by our times, and choose instead to be counter-cultural, not merely for the sake of being "different" or as an anachronistic throw-back, but as a witness to the transforming power of the Gospel. Condemning the widespread anti-intellectualism of Western Christianity, Craven points out that in 1 Peter 3:15 Christians are commanded to understand our culture in order to engage it, and suggests that the command in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to "take every thought captive" is not merely a recommendation for personal holiness, but also a charge to understand the philosophies and beliefs that keep others from knowledge of the truth.

The first part of Craven's book examines the ideas that permeate our culture and how those affect the way Christians see the world as well. I imagine that most Christians would find quite a few points of conviction in the chapters on the philosophies of modernism and post-modernism, as well as (or perhaps most particularly) the one on consumerism. Craven challenges readers to consider how (if at all) our ways of thinking and making decisions differ from those who do not believe in Christ. He points out that in many ways our thinking is shaped by cultural influences more than God's word. I found the first section of the book to be the stronger of the two parts, and wish that Craven had expanded on his conclusions in the first section rather than tacking on the second.

The second part of the book deals with social issues and movements that Christians don't explain very well or don't understand well enough to really be like Christ in that situation. The section was a good overview of several issues, but didn't seem to fit as closely with the stated focus of the book (overcoming our culturalized Christianity) and I felt that in most cases those issues are dealt with well and at greater length and depth in other sources. I don't think Craven necessarily got anything wrong in his second section, but again I don't feel it was as strong as the first part, or even really necessary to his thesis.

Overall, I'd recommend this book for the strength of the first section.

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