Above All Earthly Pow'rs by David F. Wells

Above All Earthly Pow'rs

The deflation of the Enlightenment worldview and rise of the post-modern mood over the last decades has altered the relation of Christian faith to culture. How, in this new situation, should the church confess Christ? "Above All Earthly Powers" paints a picture of the West in all its complexity, brilliance, and emptiness. As David F. Wells masterfully depicts it, the postmodern ethos is relativistic, individualistic, therapeutic, and yet remarkab...

Details Above All Earthly Pow'rs

TitleAbove All Earthly Pow'rs
Release DateAug 1st, 2005
PublisherWilliam B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
GenreReligion, Theology, Cultural, Nonfiction, Christianity, Philosophy, Christian

Reviews Above All Earthly Pow'rs

  • Douglas Wilson
  • John
    There is much in this volume to praise and to amen. Wells understands postmodernism, its allure and its failings. He is also very much an orthodox thinker and understands the importance of theology in the life of the church. He aggressively criticizes the weaknesses in the modern church and their failure to answer modernism, as well as the failure to keep postmodernism out of the church.So while there is much good here, I can't help but recognize...
  • Mark
    I slowly ruminated on this book (just a chapter or so a week) right alongside another title: Becoming Conversant with the Emerging Church", by D.A. Carson. Both works are provocative and call into question a lot of the assumptions made by churches and writers in their attempts to reach post-moderns, while affirming them at other times. This book was a little stronger in helping me understand postmodernism as it relates to modernism and the enligh...
  • Scott
    I originally purchased this when I was in high school some 8 years ago. I'm glad I bought it and I'm also glad that I didn't read it then because the brilliance of this book would have flown straight over my head. I picked this book up a few weeks ago after having a conversation with a friend about postmodernism, Christianity, and how this book was a "game-changer" for him growing up. I also remembered that the cover had a picture from 9/11 on it...
  • Baff
    Wells describes the difference between postmodern philosophy and what the avg. person in western culture believes today. I was very opposed to what he said at first, but then I thought, "Why DO we al-ways describe postmodernism as if every person walking around is a philosopher who reads Jacques Derrida and Richard Rorty? I think the deconstuctionist movement does bear on discussions about postmodernism. However, my every attempt to explain the l...
  • Ray Wilkins
    Excellent book. This is Wells contribution to Christology, albeit in a quite unique way. Wells weaves the work of Christ into and throughout his discussion of the current postmodern dilemma. If you are familiar with Wells' previous writings then some of this book will seem repetitive. He focuses on the current demise of truth in postmodern culture as well as in the evangelical church. The strength of this book is when he discusses the result of p...
  • Eric
    I don't think it's the book's fault that I only made it 2/3rds of the way through. I think I'm just non-fiction religioned out for the moment. It's a good book. There are multiple fantastic points, at least in the portions of text that I didn't gloss over as I skimmed my eyes down the page. I think I might have appreciated this as a 20 page essay more, it seems like he hasn't actually begun to expound upon his points yet, and I'm around page 170....
  • William Dicks
    The five books by Wells are a must read for every Christian today. They show the theological and moral bankruptcy of the modern church and calls for a theological reformation.The books are:1. No Place for Truth or Whatever Happened to Evangelical Theology?2. God in the Wasteland: The Reality of truth in a World of Fading Dreams3. Losing our Virtue: Why the Church Must Recover its Moral Vision4. Above All Earthly Pow'rs: Christ in a Postmodern Wor...
  • Stewart
    Heavy on analysis, (very) light on prescription. I'm still not sure if Wells really understands postmodernism (or at least the difference between 'postmodernity' and postmodern philosophy'). Much of the material is redundant, and the book probably could have been about 25% shorter without losing much. I imagine this would be most helpful for someone who has a 'gut-level' problem with the state of the modern church, but can't say exactly what it i...
  • Sean
    One of the biggest disappointments ever. Wells, who was so enlightening in "No Place for Truth" and "God in the Wasteland", has nothing new to say. Several sections of the book are trying to get through, and once you do get through each one, you find that Wells' "point" is nothing you hadn't known already, if you have read his previous works.
  • Shelby Stafford
    I enjoyed this book very much and I feel like it gave me a foundation to read more books on the subject. As quoted in the book: Pelagianism is the natural heresy of zealous Christians who are not interested in theology. - J.I. PackerIt took a few chapters to get into it but persevere and it'll be worth it
  • Paul Jeon
    A piecing analysis of the state of the church in postmodern times. Reflects Wells' characteristic integration of sociology and theology. A worthwhile book for all pastors and lay leaders who seek to understand their times and to do ministry in a winsome and thoughtful manner.
  • Simon
    This book was huge for me. Wells delves deeply into our culture and post-modernism, and comes out glorifying Christ despite them. A telling analysis, and an important book.Re-read in 2010, and it was a excellent as ever.
  • Wes Hodges
    Part 4 of the series - in many way goes over familiar ground - still a classic on Christianity and contemporary culture from a thinker.
  • Curt Mize
    The chapters on the banquet of religion and the seeker movement are worth their weight in gold. Acutely perceptive and relentlessly diagnostic. It was a paradigm shifter for me.
  • Montag
    Read. Digest. Act.
  • Timothy Bertolet
    A penetrating analysis of the influx of postmodernism in the church. Shows how a firm Biblical Christology confronts the causes and problems of postmodernism. Brilliant. A must read.
  • John Rabe
    The fourth and final volume of Wells' trilogy on the state of the American church. You and your pastor need to read all four of them.
  • Sammy Wood
    Felt @ times like I had to hack through the first 310 pages to get to the last essay (which is really very, very good).
  • Jay Risner
    Undeniably good.
  • Mark Robert
    Last volume was the best. Wells is excellent in integrating theology and culture.
  • Wes
    A modern classic. Absolutely love this book. Dr. Piper did a whole conference on this book alone. However, it's a bit deep for the normal person.