With his trademark clear-headed analysis, Andy Crouch unpacks the dynamics of power that either can make human flourishing possible or can destroy the image of God in people.
"What, then, is power? May I begin with a deceptively simple definition: power is the ability to make something of the world."
"Playing God is a clear and compelling call for Christians to steward the kind of power that enables flourishing." Read what author Gabe Lyons and others are saying about Playing God.
"If we want to make creative and conscious choices about the institutions we invest our lives in, we will have to decide whether we believe they produce image bearing or merely idolatry and injustice."
Andy Crouch on poverty, institutions, idolatry, and playing the cello.
Andy is clear-eyed and forthright in his writing, and he avoids the constant caveats and backtracking that too often laces the writing of straight, white men in this era.
Amy Julia Becker
Playing God has opened me up to the ways in which I falsely try to play god, in many ways, including on Sundays.
Crouch’s affirmation of power as potentially positive begs the theological question, “Who is the God with whom we are in relationship, and what images of God bring forth creative and life-affirming power?”
I recently had the opportunity to interview Andy Crouch about Playing God. His responses to tmy questions were not what I would have expected.
When power is distorted and controlled by the flesh and then justified in the name of God, we are in effect playing God.
Crouch’s reminder that power is not inherently evil, but rather is a gift from God that can go awry if not carefully checked and managed is a useful one. However tempting it may be, we must never decry power itself.