Dec. 17 – Lauren Winner- The Dangers of Christian Practice [Advent Calendar]

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December 17


The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin
Lauren Winner

Hardback: Yale UP, 2018
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One of the greatest contributions of the book is that warning: These practices aren’t as safe as you assume. In all the conversations, books, and articles about Christian practices and/or spiritual disciplines, authors almost universally commend a practice, but rarely warn of dangers around them (167). This points to a blind spot in our theology, namely our lack of understanding history. In looking at historical deformations we can see that plenty of Christians did spiritual things, but somehow missed the Spirit. Winner pushes back against the norm by exposing, as illustrative, negative impacts of Christian practice. This caveat is an important one that should regularly be brought to bear in discussions of Christian practice.

  • From our review by Jordan Kellicut
    in our Advent 2018 magazine issue
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READ James K.A. Smith’s review of this book
from The Christian Century…



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