This is the ‘Most Helpful Customer Review’ for Pastor Mark Driscoll’s New Book

Stephanie Drury‘s scathing review of Pastor Mark Driscoll‘s new book Who Do You Think You Are? is the best smackdown I’ve read since Pete Wells went after Guy Fieri‘s restaurant:

the writings of Mark Driscoll delight me in the way Tommy Wiseau’s movie “The Room” delights me, which is the same way GWB’s “Fool me once, shame on you” quote delights me, which is the same way the Miss Teen America contestant talking about maps and “the Iraq” delights me

One frustrating thing about these kinds of nominally Christian publications is that the regurgitation of Things To Do cancels out so much possibility, makes the unspeakably complex so simplistic, and speaks with authority on subjects no one can have mastery of. The beautiful Story isn’t handled with due reverence or curiosity, but with a posture of mastery and absolutism…

Read the whole thing. It makes you want to buy Driscoll’s book just so you can find other passages in it to rip apart.

Incidentally, Drury is the blogger behind the excellent Stuff Christian Culture Likes.

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the chair of Foundation Beyond Belief and a high school math teacher in the suburbs of Chicago. He began writing the Friendly Atheist blog in 2006. His latest book is called The Young Atheist's Survival Guide.

  • http://twitter.com/Ro542124 Gideon

    Honestly, as I read the review I felt pity for Drury. She has to twist her mind like a pretzel in order to both reject and accept Christianity. Since taking the Bible at its word is out of the question (good for her), she needs to interpose “mystery” and accusations of “absolutism”, as if Christianity is alright as long as nobody is ever specific about anything whatsoever. Church is just “Mystical Beautiful Story” time, a book club in which the attendees criticize “metaphors” and then behave however they judge they should (good for them).

    I admit that the end result is much less offensive than orthodox Christianity, but it feels so fake to me. So weak.

    • http://www.facebook.com/caroline.miller.92 Caroline Miller

      You know who else feels pity for Drury? Christians. At least she doesn’t expect others to conform to her beliefs – maybe she deserves the same courtesy.

      • jdm8

        Her *husband* gets sympathy from the Driscoll-heads because she doesn’t accept Driscoll’s “the man must be the leader” dogma.

        • mark grigg

          not dogma, scripture

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrisalgoo Chris Algoo

      There are many types of Christians, just as there are many types of Atheist. It does you no good to lump them all in the same category.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1567230001 Katie Jones

      I don’t feel pity for Stephanie, but I understand what you mean and basically feel the same way. I try to understand where liberal Christians are coming from but haven’t been too successful in figuring it out.

      • http://twitter.com/stephaniedrury Stephanie Drury

        Who you should really feel pity for is my husband, yo.

  • Machintelligence

    If you are into scathing reviews, you can hardly do better than the drubbing given to Teilhard de Chardin’s “The Phenomenon of Man”.

    http://masi.cscs.lsa.umich.edu/~crshalizi/Medawar/phenomenon-of-man.html

    A brief quote from the introduction:

    It is a book widely held to be of the utmost profundity and significance; it created something like a sensation upon its publication in France, and some reviewers hereabouts called it the Book of the Year — one, the Book of the Century. Yet the greater part of it, I shall show, is nonsense, tricked out with a variety of metaphysical conceits, and its author can be excused of dishonesty only on the grounds that before deceiving others he has taken great pains to deceive himself. The Phenomenon of Man cannot be read without a feeling of suffocation, a gasping and flailing around for sense. There is an argument in it, to be sure — a feeble argument, abominably expressed — and this I shall expound in due course; but consider first the style, because it is the style that creates the illusion of content, and which is a cause as well as merely a symptom of Teilhard’s alarming apocalyptic seizures.

    Sir Peter Medawar

  • allein

    “It makes you want to buy Driscoll’s book”

    No it doesn’t.

  • http://absurdlypointless.blogspot.com/ Bubba Tarandfeathered

    Mark is setting up another of his little shops of horrors here in Tacoma Wa.

  • http://twitter.com/stephaniedrury Stephanie Drury

    Aww thanks!


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