The Shack

Since Sunday, I’ve found myself in a few conversations about The Shack, an allegorical treatment of the Trinity by William P. Young.  Though the book has some serious weaknesses and has created plenty of controversy in Christian circles, I would encourage you to read it.  Syd Hielema wrote an helpful and balanced review in a recent edition of The Banner. I resonated with both his praise and critique of Young’s attempt to give us insight into the workings of the Father, Son and Spirit.  There are ways in which the novel beautifully highlights what the Bible teaches us about the nature and character of God, and other ways in which the book strays.  Dr. Hielema’s suggestion that the book serves as an effective “foil” is very helpful.  The online article also includes some helpful discussion questions.  You can read it here.

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