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Donald MillerI just got this feature on Donald Miller from a secular perspective. After talking about all his success, why doesn’t he have any coverage in local media:

How come? Simple: Miller’s a Christian. Half his sales are through religious bookstores. The afternoon photo shoot is for a slick magazine called Relevant, basically a hybrid of Spin and Entertainment Weekly aimed at the youth-ministry set. At Harvard, he’ll address the Veritas Forum, a gathering of Christian intellectuals. In Toronto, he’s speaking at a Christian college so small even he hasn’t heard of it. The stage version of his book will run at “faith-based” venues in Canada’s biggest city.

Or how about our Christian brothers quote:

The weird thing is, Miller is not just a religious fish out of Portland’s hyper-secular water. He’s also an oddity among Christian authors. Some Christians don’t care for him one bit. “I truly believe that Blue Like Jazz is in large part a heresy masquerading as Christianity,” says Vince Bissey, one of Miller’s most vociferous online critics.

The whole article on Donald Miller is here.

6 Comments

  1. Thanks for the lin, it’s a great article. I’ve been loving Don’s books, they really speak to where I’m at right now.
    Do you know if he’s got any plans to come to Australia, he’s always welcome and can stay at my place! I can show him what a kangaroo looks like.

  2. yep it’s a great article. Thanks again. I found the reaction of some, like that Vince Bissey, and the Republican voter, quite interesting. It’s obvious that Miller is still misunderstood in the conservative church.

    And Gaz, if he ends up staying round your place I want an invite for dinner okay. I’d imagine Don would be fairly at home in some of your nice Subiaco cafes. 🙂

  3. Don Miller portrays himself as a hip Christian who is enlightened over the other far right believers who claim Christ as Lord. The problem with this cool cat is that he embodies the same judgemental, self-righteous spirit that he attemtps to indict in Blue ….

    His writings are sophmoric and pointless. Cool questions with no attempt at answers.

  4. I agree with Davo. Blue Like Jazz, while cool and stylish, doesn’t offer a hint of hope for someone trying to know God. Cynicism without direction, answers, or hope is way too easy.

    This genre will get old real quick!!

  5. I’m not really sure anyone who has actually read Miller’s work can honestly claim that he offers no solutions. His solutions are not only included, but thoughtfully derived from the Bible and the character of Jesus and God. He is careful not to judge those who disagree with him, but instead offers solutions. In the chapter in Blue Like Jazz in which he tells of his journey to Imago Dei, he is careful not to have any bad feelings about his old church because it is not wrong, but different. His writings are the reasons I have come to love the Conservative Right. It was easy for me to love the down-trodden, the poor, the unloved; it was nearly impossible for me to love the self-righteous. However, Miller’s work showed me I was being self-righteous and that God said to love EVERYONE not just the down-and-out.

  6. Gnome, the problem is that Miller has aparently taught you that the Conservative Right is “self-rigtheous”. He asks you to love them and it seems that you are willing. But you seem to view them as wrong and your view as right. Miller seems confused in attacking Conservatives as self-righteous because they try to uphold standards. Liberals are equally self-righteous in judging those same standards.

    Miller is not a good role model for Christianity. Let’s get back to C.S. Lewis or Francis Schaeffer or the Bible as a whole.

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