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I like that Franky doesn't just bash Christians' lack of quality in the arts, but really draws a line in the sand about quality in general. A few gems stuck with me, like his take on non-believers being called TO something. What is it? Is it sheep to call other sheep, or is it enjoyment in the life and creativity we are given? He sometimes goes a bit extreme with how much he downplays the importance of preaching and the church, but I like the concept of work and creativity being just as valid as missions and ministry.
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Would you listen to Addicted to Mediocrity again? Why?
Frank Schaeffer is the son of Francis Schaeffer ("The God Who Is There", "How Shall We Then Live").While eloquently identifying the mediocrity of American evangelical Christianity in the realm of the arts, the Q&A section betrays a bellicose pomposity and self-aggrandizement that could have been omitted.I would consider Part 1 worth the price of admission and should be a worthwhile starting point for those who (like me) have been extremely troubled by the crass, artless and polarizing culture of American Evangelical Christianity.
What other book might you compare Addicted to Mediocrity to and why?
Schaeffer has made his point far better in other works like "Crazy for God" and "Patience With God".
Which character – as performed by Nick Bernard – was your favorite?
Bernard happens to favor Schaeffer vocally.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
Part 1, early in the volume . . . I have had many of the same thoughts and felt quite alone and without ability to express them. The mediocre pablum that is Christian music is enough to fill a heart with despair.
Any additional comments?
Buy the book, skip Part II (Q&A).