A Brief Book Notice from Books At a Glance
We can only hope that the current “wokeness” rage will run its course and disappear, but there is no indication that it will happen anytime soon. Until then books like Owen Strachan’s new Christianity and Wokeness: How the Social Justice Movement Is Hijacking the Gospel – and the Way to Stop It are very needed. May God give it a wide reading!
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Table of Contents
1 How Wokeness Is Entering the Culture
2 How Wokeness Is Entering the Church
3 Why Is Wokeness an Ungodly System? Part One
4 Why Is Wokeness an Ungodly System? Part Two
5 What Does the Bible Teach about Identity and Ethnicity? Part One: Old Testament
6 What Does the Bible Teach about Identity and Ethnicity? Part Two: New Testament
7 Hard Questions on American History and Other Hot Topics
Voddie Baucham, Jr.
Owen Strachan has done a great service to the Church not only by taking aim at one of her most dangerous foes (wokeness), but also by pointing her again and again to her all-sufficient Savior and head. Few men possess the mix of intellect, winsomeness, academic rigor, pastoral sensitivity, and raw courage that drips from every page of this book.
This is an alarming and remarkably insightful book. It shows how ‘wokeness’ is a deeply anti-Christian movement that even today is increasing racial divisiveness, anger, resentment, and hostility because it wrongly evaluates people based on the color of their skin rather than who they are as unique, individual members of the worldwide human race.
Steven J. Lawson
Whenever the Church faces a major threat to the purity of sound doctrine and a biblical worldview, God raises up a strong voice to confront that destructive error. That is what we have in this book. Refuting one of the most damaging ideologies of the day, Owen Strachan dissects and dismantles the present-day ‘woke’ movement with theological precision and a polemical rebuttal. Paul charged that a spiritual leader in the Church must ‘be able both to exhort in sound doctrine and to refute those who contradict’ (Titus 1:9). In other words, if truth is to be cherished, error must be exposed—and denounced. Strachan does both in this book. Lest you fall prey to the secular agenda of the day, you will want to carefully read and internally digest this book. Truth is its own best defense.
Tom J. Nettles
As a Christian believer called and gifted to be a Christian teacher, Owen Strachan has written this insightful and important book. He engaged the entire family of ideas that constitutes the chant of the ‘woke.’ He does it respectfully but with a penetrating honesty about its narrow, contentious, and destructive ideological framework and purpose. His knowledge is detailed and thorough in its scholarship while his writing is plain, clear, and accessible to any who show interest—and who shouldn’t—in understanding this philosophical stance that threatens to redefine humanity. He isolates the destructive aspects of the ‘woke’ culture while writing as a confident Christian who has experienced the power of the Gospel and knows that Jesus as risen Lord has indeed placed all things under His feet. Strachan’s analysis of difficult terms and ideas along with their accompanying bibliography shows an acute comprehension of the issues but also reclines into very practical counsel concerning how to think and act in light of the onslaught of challenges provoked by ‘wokeness.’
This work should be read by those on both sides of the divide. Owen Strachan’s treatment of the subject as it pertains to the disciplines of sociology, economics, and politics is acute. However, my greatest delight is that his goal is not to win an academic or political victory, but to bring his reader to Christ. He sets before us the Scriptures as the ultimate standard and the Gospel as the ultimate answer for the human predicament.
As a pastor in Africa who has been coming to preach in the U.S. for a quarter of a century, I keep noting with interest the new trends that come up in the Church there. In the recent past, the biggest trend has been the subject of social justice. If you are keen to know why there is so much controversy concerning this matter, I highly recommend this book by Owen Strachan to you. It gives a lucid understanding of the concept of social justice and also argues convincingly as to why the Church should guard its doors against it.
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CHRISTIANITY AND WOKENESS: HOW THE SOCIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT IS HIJACKING THE GOSPEL—AND THE WAY TO STOP IT, by Owen Strachan