Tuesday, August 22, 2017

No Quick Fix: Where Higher Life Theology Came From, What It Is, and Why It’s Harmful


My latest book releases next week. I attempt to survey and analyze “let go and let God” theology:

No Quick Fix

Andrew David Naselli. No Quick Fix: Where Higher Life Theology Came From, What It Is, and Why It’s Harmful. Bellingham, WA: Lexham, 2017. xi + 123 pp.

(The book’s “Acknowledgments” page should mention three Faithlife employees: Elliot Ritzema for shepherding the book through the editorial process, Bryan Hintz for designing the clever cover, and my friend Mark Ward for writing the title’s black letters by hand.)

Background

Higher life theology (or “let go and let God” theology or Keswick theology) divides the Christian life into two stages and encourages those in the first stage to advance to the second:

Higher life theology is harmful. I know from experience. That’s why I wrote my first PhD dissertation on it (2006). I revised that dissertation as an academic book in 2010: Let Go and Let God? A Survey and Analysis of Keswick Theology. (That book is available only in Logos Bible Software format—not in print.)

My new book is a miniature version of my more detailed and academic work. I have stripped out most of the academic jargon and repackaged it to make it more inviting for thoughtful lay people.

Contents

Who Should Read This Book?

  1. This book is for you if you have a form of higher life theology in your background. You may embrace higher life theology enthusiastically; you may embrace it unknowingly; you may know there’s something not right about it but can’t clearly explain why; or you may reject it and would like to analyze it more penetratingly.
  2. This book is also for you if you don’t have a form of higher life theology in your background. Higher life theology is so widespread that you will be able to serve your brothers and sisters in Christ better if you understand what it is and why it’s dangerous.

A silver lining of theological controversy is that it can help you refine how you understand what the Bible teaches. In this case, analyzing higher life theology will help you better understand the Christian life.




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