I check the biblioblog Euangelion at least a few times each week. I had met Joel Willitts before, so I decided to sheepishly ask if he would consider taking a look at my book on cynicism for a possible review (giving him the freedom to review it badly if necessary, of course!). He posted his comments earlier today, and you can click the link to Patheos (which hosts the blog) to check it out.
I really appreciate Joel’s emphasis on my conviction that cynical, jaded, and disillusioned Christians may be the most suited demographic to bring reform to the church in the West… if they forsake their cynicism.
The folks God so often enlisted in His program to reform Israel were not idealists reeking with cheery optimism and full of trite platitudes for the downtrodden. The prophets, sages, and tragic-poets of Israel were often trodden down themselves by the very people they were called to love and embrace. But God’s call on them demanded a movement away from a disengaged cynicism. The modern-day cynic-saint is someone who discards their idealism but not in exchange for an embittered vocation of deconstructing the messed up people of God. They embrace a realism that will be grim at times, but ever hopeful of a breaking dawn….