The Reason-driven Life

The Reason-driven Life

Why Am I Here on Earth For?

Book - 2006
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Pastor Rick Warren’s The Purpose-Driven Life has been both a commercially successful best seller and a widely influential book in the Christian community. As a rejoinder to the fundamentalist assumptions of Warren’s book, Robert Price, a biblical scholar, a member of the Jesus Seminar, and a former liberal Baptist pastor, offers this witty, thoughtful, and detailed critique. Following the concise forty-chapter structure of Warren’s book, Price’s point-counterpoint approach emphasizes the importance of reason in understanding life’s realities as opposed to Warren’s devotional perspective.
Price, who was once a born-again Christian in his youth, is in a unique position to offer an appreciation of the wisdom that Warren shares while at the same time challenging many of his main points. In particular, Price takes issue with Warren’s use of numerous scriptural quotations, demonstrating how many of them have little to do with the points Warren is trying to make. An important section of the book shows that the popular evangelical notion of "a personal relationship with Jesus Christ" is utterly without any scriptural basis.
Besides criticism, Price also provides many persuasive arguments for the use of reason as a tool for developing moral maturity and an intelligent, realistic perspective on life’s highs and lows. Ultimately, the reason-driven life offers a healthier, alternative approach to wisdom and motivation, says Price, than the simplistic answers and feel-good emotionalism at the heart of Warren’s prescription for life.

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Price, now a humanist and host of Heretics Anonymous discussion groups for disenchanted Christian fundamentalists, spent a dozen years as a member of the American evangelical subculture. In this rejoinder to Rick Warren's bestselling The Purpose Driven Life, Price exposes Warren's book as stale fundamentalism and demonstrates that the popular ideology of a "personal relationship with Christ" actually has no biblical basis whatsoever. He argues that fundamentalist Christianity as espoused by Warren stunts an individual's growth personally, morally, and intellectually, and, using a light-hearted point-counterpoint approach, he outlines an alternative for people who are seeking maturity and meaning in life. Price is affiliated with Johnnie Colemon Theological Seminary. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Amherst, N.Y. : Prometheus Books, 2006
ISBN: 9781591024767
Characteristics: 363 p. ; 24 cm


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