I was very eager to read Mark Driscoll’s new non-fiction book, Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions. If you have read much at Real Life, you know that I am so passionate about my faith as a relationship with God, instead of rules of behavior I must follow. The One Thing about Christianity is that one cannot be good enough on ones own (with ‘religion’) to attain God’s holiness. It doesn’t jive with other religions, which main premises often rest on attaining some sort of enlightenment through works.
So, being familiar with Mark Driscoll’s basic theology, this cleverly titled book intrigued me. Frankly, I expected this book to be filled with emotionally inspiring anecdots, and preachy language, inspiring the reader to go deeper in their relationship with Jesus. While this book is very inspiring, it’s not what I expected.
Religion Saves is a very intellectual and thorough handling of several intricate theological issues. Driscoll handles each issue fairly, citing different prevailing opinions, and providing biblical evidence to support his view.
If you are a Christian, with strong faith in God, but want a succinct discussion of intellectual biblical issues, this book is for you!
If you don’t describe yourself as a Christian and want to hear a meaty discussion of social/personal issues from a biblical perspective, this book is for you!
I will most likely treat this book as a reference book, and bring it out chapter by chapter to refresh my knowledge periodically. When a friend asks these questions, I am now armed with intelligent answers!
When one friend asks if Jesus still loves her, even with her tattoos and piercings, I can explain how Grace works, and why God looks at the heart, not outward appearance.
When someone comes to me in the midst of sexual sin, and wonders if she can ever be free from her pain. I’ll share my story, and share scriptural truths thoroughly explained by Mark.
About the book: Religion Saves: And Nine Other Misconceptions
After 343,203 online votes on the Mars Hill Church website, nine questions for Pastor Mark Driscoll emerged as the ones most urgently calling for answers.
Inspired by 1 Corinthians, in which Paul answers a series of questions posed by the people in the Corinthian church, Pastor Mark Driscoll set out to determine the most controversial questions among visitors to the Mars Hill Church website. In the end, 893 questions were asked and 343,203 votes were cast. The top nine questions are now each answered in a chapter of Religion Saves.
After an introductory chapter devoted to the misconception that religion is what saves us, Driscoll tackles nine issues: birth control, humor, predestination, grace, sexual sin, faith and works, dating, the emerging church, and the regulative principle. Because the purpose of this book is to address commonly asked questions, all readers will find relevant, engaging material, written in Driscoll’s distinctively edgy, yet theologically sound style.
In his distinctively edgy, yet theologically sound style, Pastor Mark Driscoll addresses the nine most controversial questions posed by visitors to the Mars Hill Church website. This book is part of the Re:Lit series.
About the author: Meet Pastor Mark!
Mark Driscoll is the founding pastor of Mars Hill Church in Seattle, one of the fastest-growing churches in America . He is president of the Acts 29 Church Planting Network and is the author of several books, including Vintage Jesus.
Pastor Mark preaches on Sunday, trains pastors, and writes curriculum. Mark is married to his high school sweetheart, Grace, and they enjoy raising their three sons and two daughters. More about Mark here!