Addicted to Mediocrity: 20th Century Christians and the Arts Audiobook, by Francis A. Schaeffer Play Audiobook Sample

Addicted to Mediocrity: 20th Century Christians and the Arts Audiobook

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Read By: Nick Bernard Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 1.50 hours at 1.5x Speed 1.13 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: January 2007 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781481537575

Quick Stats About this Audiobook

Total Audiobook Chapters:

10

Longest Chapter Length:

74:48 minutes

Shortest Chapter Length:

01:59 minutes

Average Chapter Length:

14:11 minutes

Audiobooks by this Author:

8

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Publisher Description

In this provocative book, Franky Schaeffer shows how Christians today have sacrificed the cultural prominence they enjoyed for so many centuries, settling instead for mediocrity. This sad state of affairs is evidenced by the kind of cheap kitsch that represents Christianity today: trinkets, tee shirts, and bumper stickers that put the name of the Creator of the universe on the same level as a soda pop brand name. Schaeffer goes on to criticize the representation of Christianity in the media, arguing that, “whenever Christians, particularly evangelicals, have attempted to ‘reach the world’” through these mediums, “the thinking public gets the firm idea that, like soup in a bad restaurant, Christian’s brains are best left unstirred.” Finally, Schaeffer shows how Christians can begin to reverse the slide toward mediocrity by demanding excellence in the arts, the media, and in all areas of life.

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"Really liked this one. A great critique on the sad state of Evangelical Christianity and the Arts in our day. Fortunately there are strong movements out there to counteract this trend, but it can still be seen today. Just visit your local Christian bookstore sometime."

— M. (5 out of 5 stars)

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  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " Dated. Things have moved on, you need not read this book. "

    — Bcoghill, 1/20/2014
  • Overall Performance: 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5

    " I mostly read this as a prelude to his memoir Crazy for God but it does offer some insight into the triteness of Christian culture. "

    — Sean, 9/27/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " While I agree with the premise of this book, I personally found it to be an overlong read, despite its already short (127 pages) length. Once you reach agreement with the book's basic propositions, the rest seems somewhat repetitive. "

    — Mark, 7/3/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Reccomend to anyone. Christian or skeptic, artist or athlete this book is wonderful. Gave me confidence again to pursue what the Creater designed me to create....still working on the whole confidence thing though ;) "

    — christi., 11/18/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Pretty good book, though I can't say much good for the guy now, as he is trashing his parents without cause... "

    — Steve, 1/4/2012
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Gave me some stuff to think about. Enjoyed it. Too bad he has pretty much abandoned the faith. "

    — Rick, 9/13/2011
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " I only got a few pages in. This book wasn't what I was expecting it to be. "

    — Nicole, 11/5/2010
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " If I remember, this book was written decades ago. Agreed with some of the points made in it. Sadly, some of his cultural commentary still aplies, decades later. "

    — Susan, 9/15/2010
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " a stinging indictment on the state of Christianity and the Arts. The artistic vision of Schaeffer is lacking however. Great critique, though "

    — James, 2/7/2009
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " A good book, several strong statements that weren't as obvious at the time of writing. "

    — Damian, 1/2/2009
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Slightly repetitive but an important message. Is there an updated edition? This needs rewriting with more modern examples. "

    — Sarah, 11/16/2008
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " Decent content...but 'old news' by now. This thinking has been pretty established in churches now, but I think we see new problems, which this couldn't forsee, arising. "

    — Bob, 1/26/2008
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was an okay book. Few interesting ideas about the correlation between the arts and the church. Brings attention to the lack of focus in Christian culture on this issue. "

    — Lisa, 11/14/2006

About Francis A. Schaeffer

Francis A. Schaeffer (1912–1984) was an American Evangelical Christian theologian, Presbyterian pastor, and philosopher. He wrote more than twenty books on Christianity and culture, which have been translated into a score of languages and sold millions worldwide. He and his wife, Edith, founded L’Abri Fellowship international study and discipleship centers. He received many honorary degrees, including an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 1983 from the Simon Greenleaf School of Law, Anaheim, California, in recognition of his apologetic writings and ministry.