The Shack: Helpful or Heretical?

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The Shack: Helpful or  Heretical?  

A Critical Review

by Norman L. Geisler and Bill Roach   

This 13-page e-booklet is a critique by Norman Geisler and Bill Roach of the popular book by William P. Young titled The Shack.   Geisler and Roach provide some background on the book, give the basic story of the book, and provides fourteen warnings about the book.  Some of the critiques fit well with some segments of the emergent church movement as well.

The html version of this critique first appeared at and it went viral.  It became the most frequently requested article.

This is available here only as a PDF file at this time.  It is also available at Amazon as a Kindle e-book.



2 reviews for The Shack: Helpful or Heretical?

  1. Rated 3 out of 5


    The emergent chcurh is a loose connection (often cyber-connected) of people who want more from Christianity than the mainline and evangelical chcurhes are giving.They especially feel that the post modern culture needs an althernative to normal chcurh.The people attracted to Emergent Christianity want a more global appreciation of what it means to be a Christian. They want diversity, tolerance and a recognition of the need to be involved in social justice.A good introduction to this movement can be found by looking at the writings of Brian McLaren.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    Chapter 10 of the book Defending Inerrancy (by Geisler and Roach) is titled “Stanley Grenz and Brian McLaren on Inerrancy.” The chapter ends like this: “The so-called emergent church is not emerging; it has already emerged. And what it has emerged into is not Christian in any traditional, historic, or orthodox sense of the words. Indeed, it has emerged from orthodoxy to unorthodoxy, from infallibilism to falliblism, from objectivism to subjectivism, from absolutism to relativism, and from realism to agnosticism. As Mark Driscoll aptly puts it, “The emergent church is the latest version of liberalism. The only difference is that the old liberalism accommodated modernity and the new liberalism accommodates postmodernity.” DeYoung and Kluck summarize it well. They “have many good deeds. They want to be relevant. They want to reach out. They want to be authentic. They want to include the marginalized. They want to be kingdom disciples. They want community and life transformation.” However, “emergent Christians need to catch Jesus’ broader vision for. . . a church that is intolerant of error, maintains moral boundaries, promotes doctrinal integrity, stands strong in times of trial, remains vibrant in times of prosperity, believes in certain judgment and certain reward, even as it engages the culture, reaches out, loves, and serves. We need a church that reflects the Master’s vision–one that is deeply theological, deeply ethical, deeply compassionate, and deeply doxological.”

    Dr. Geisler will be providing a deeper analysis of the emergent movement and postmodern philosophy in Volume II of his A History of Philosophy.

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