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Michael Brown: Revolution in the Church

I found Brown’s book intriguing and thought provoking, however, I also found it shallow. His many diatribes, such as his attack on unions, I found to be distracting. Every writer has their personal opinions, but if they distract from the point, it is best to leave them out of the text. One of the challenges that radicals face is how to transform a society they find to be decadent with a new society that is not. What is the process? Too often the present day radical becomes the despot of tomorrow. Brown should have examined the process and provided some answers to Christians who do want to become more radical in their faith, but are uncertain on how to do it.

Reviewed by John R. Belcher


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Category: Fall 2003, Living the Faith

About the Author: John R. Belcher, MDiv (Lexington Theological Seminary), MSW (University of Kentucky), PhD (Ohio State University), has served as a pastor and a psychiatric social worker. He has been teaching at the University of Maryland for more than 25 years, he teaches part time at St. Mary’s Seminary and University in the Ecumenical Institute of Theology, and he also practices part time as a pastoral counselor. John and his family fellowship at a local United Methodist Church.

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