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Burning Down the Shack
Item #: 239
This product was added to our catalog on Monday 17 May, 2010.

A Critical look at "The Shack"

In 1997, De Young and Young co-founded a Christian think tank, called M3 Forum, and for the next seven years they discussed and probed topics, doctrine and problems facing the church as it approached the New Millennium. Then, in April 2004, Young submitted a surprising103-page paper in which he embraced universal reconciliation and said "he was putting aside his earlier evangelical paradigm."

Less than two years later, Young asked friends to read the early draft of a novel he was writing as a Christmas gift for his children. Though highly impressed by the manuscript's potential, the friends were opposed to the universal reconciliation they found in it and acknowledged publicly that they spent over a year trying to remove that message. Mainline Christian publishers declined interest in publishing what became The Shack, so Young and his friends formed their own publishing company to self-publish.

"When I carefully read The Shack in January 2008, I was dismayed to find universalism still embedded, deeply and subtly, in it," De Young recalls.

In Burning Down 'The Shack', De Young delivers a chapter-by-chapter evaluation of more than 15 heresies within The Shack. Chief among the errors is what Young left out. "A familiar, but deceptive maneuver is to give an aspect of a theological issue, while ignoring an equally important aspect that qualifies or limits the first one," De Young writes to explain Young's obvious exclusion of Satan and Hell.
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