thoughts from my corner of the world...
If I were judging the book based upon pure entertainment value, I would say it was a good book. However, the book lends itself to be more than just entertainment value. I thought there were at least a few items of doctrine and theology that were questionable. Here are a few that I remember jumping out at me...1. The varying discussions about authority and how it's not that big of a deal.2. The discussion about 'roles' and it's hint that all the roles we see in life are man's invention rather than God's.3. At one point Jesus says to Mack that he just wants to be everyone's friend and that he's never shown himself as Lord.4. There were more, but I can't remember them.On a more positive note, I did enjoy the jovial relationship the author created between Papa, Jesus, and Sarayu.
I LOVED it. It totally shook up my perspective on the Trinity. I think it was generally biblically sound. Oddly, while I was reading it, the broadcast at Hope for the Heart (where I work) was on Evil and Suffering, so I was able to compare what June said with what The Shack stated. It lined up. I'm actually going to read it again. Just to go back and really catch what the author says about God's love, our desire for independence, the whole shebang. I've got another minister friend reading it this week, so I'm gonna see what he thinks too.
I get disgusted at the fact that people are judging this book as though it were a reference book. The foreward (and an interview I saw of the author) claim that it's fiction. It is troubling that people are upset at the "truth matter" of this book. Can this not be an exercise in imagination? I hold the same argument with books like the Da Vinci Code. I guess people don't know how to read fiction with an imagination. On the other hand, I do have a hard time sifting through fiction and some of the hard-nosed doctrinal issues this book arouses. I guess the "theology red flag" goes up from time to time, even when the content is presented as fiction.
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