Wells has written a good critique of the modern (American) church which has been squeezed into the mould of this world. He believes the church in an attempt to be popular, has compromised, become worldly, and lost its distinctives. his critique is addressed to the evangelical church even more than the liberal. He sees American Christianity as miles wide but inches deep. God has become weightless, unreal, immanent not transcendent. The church needs to return to proclaiming a holy, demanding God and his grace in Christ to a world obsessed with consumerism and personal choice.
The message is the right message but this is not an easy read. Wells is addressing church leaders or potential readers. it is a hard book for an average Christian as Wells does not win any prizes for gripping writing or style. Good but hard going. A lot of statistical surveying is appended to support his thesis. The post modern world needs the truth proclaimed by an uncompromising church.
I think this is one of the best books I've read of serious Christian thought in the last few years. He teaches on ramifications of our po-mo thinking and also brings out clearly the way our consumer bent way of thinking has dictated the presentation of the gospel. Many times in ways we do not even see or sense...yet the 'consumer as king' mentality has not been challenged in the church and the believer feels at home sitting in judgement on eternal truths. An extremely worthwhile read,