An Author Interview from Books At a Glance
by Fred G. Zaspel
A couple of years ago Melvin Tinker came out with a little book from Evangelical Press entitled, That Hideous Strength: How the West Was Lost. I noted its arrival here in a brief Book Notice and mentioned then what a helpful, accessible, and important little book it was in terms of alerting Christians to the thought structures that drive our contemporary culture. The book received considerable attention, and very soon there was a call for him to expand the book and give us more. He’s done that now under the new title, That Hideous Strength: A Deeper Look at How the West Was Lost.
As well as unpacking in more detail some of the ideas of cultural Marxists and the way their strategies are being worked out in our society, the author has also sought to put more flesh on what the Church’s response might look like by drawing attention to what has been called ‘the Benedict Option’ and developing the concept proposed by Charles Taylor—the ‘social imaginary.’ Another significant addition is an outline of the ideas of classical Marxism which places the current concern for cultural Marxism in its proper historical and philosophical context. It also serves to underscore that in many ways the ‘new Marxism’ is a revamping of the ‘old Marxism’ with consequences no less disastrous. This version also includes a Postscript on the rise of ‘Black Lives Matter’ following the death of George Floyd.
It is a very important book and could not be more relevant to our circumstances today. The church in every generation must be careful to understand the current thought-forms of its society in order to present its unchanging message effectively. This book is a much-needed and very helpful aid to that end, and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Certainly, every Christian leader today needs to be aware of what this book has to offer. Buy a box of them and distribute them widely!
Here’s my endorsement for the publisher:
Our culture has undergone a dramatic shift in recent generations, and Christians need to see it for what it is. If you suspect a sinister underlying agenda, Melvin Tinker agrees and wants to expose it for you. Informed, insightful, and yet easily accessible, this is an important and most helpful book that will sharpen your understanding of the world you live in. I hope it will receive wide attention!
You will want to check out our very informative Author Interview here.
Buy the books
THAT HIDEOUS STRENGTH: A DEEPER LOOK AT HOW THE WEST WAS LOST, AN EXPANDED EDITION EXAMINING THE CANCER OF CULTURAL MARXISM IN THE CHURCH, THE WORLD, AND THE GOSPEL OF CHANGE, by Melvin Tinker