In this issue of CaPCMag, we confront our insistence to overuse and abuse the stuff in our lives. In two exclusive features available only in the iPad and iPhone app we you’ll find out the secret to moderating knowledge and read about the challenge of addiction in the church. To read these fantastic articles, make sure you download and subscribe now! (there’s a free trial if you’re uncertain. You’ll love it though, so it’s kinda redundant.)
In his cover feature, David Dunham speaks from experience about how addiction can wreak havoc on the lives of even those within the church:
The church must also be honest about the reality of addiction within its community. Alcoholism is a real problem in the church. I have seen it first hand in our recovery-culture church in rural southern Ohio, and I am seeing it now in our middle class Detroit suburban church. You don’t have to be a recovery-culture church to have addicts in your pews. In fact I am convinced that alcoholism thrives in the church for two reasons: shame and ignorance.
Nick Rynerson explores the need to apply moderation to our approach to knowledge, which puffs up:
There are two dangerous, and ironically similar, diseases of the Christian mind that have troubled Christians since the early church: the well chronicled anti-intellectualism and the often rebelled against only-intellectualism. Okay, I will admit that I made up that last term, but the menace is real. At the center of anti-intellectualism is the lie that the life of the mind and the pursuit of objective, inexhaustible truth are worldly, faithless and divisive. This leads to arrogance and divisiveness with those who seem to be less enlightened to the truth. While only-intellectualism is a pursuit of objective, inexhaustible truth as the sole way man comes to God. This also leads to arrogance and divisiveness with those who seem to be less enlightened to the truth.
In addition to these exclusive features, this issue also includes the regular stuff: a few of our best stuff from the previous week, an older but just-as-relevant CaPC from way back, and another installment of Common Graces, a selection of recommended works of art and media from our writers.