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The Road Trip that Changed the World: The…

The Road Trip that Changed the World: The Unlikely Theory that will Change…

by Mark Sayers

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The premise: Jack Kerouac ruined the Western world with his philosophy of the perpetual vagabond.
Sayers's analysis is myopic. The book is far too long, repetitive and sweeping in its conclusions.

Sayers fails to touch on the nature-freedom dualism that underlies the story. The real problem. This goes back to Dewey, Freudian psychoanalysis and behavioural psychology. Jack K. was a product of these idea and the approach of education he found at the New School.

America is to blame for all of Australia's vacuous culture. Diverting attention away from Australia's own home-made poisons. Australia has been blaming America since the GI's brought chocolate and stockings to the women during WWII.

The theology is thin. Reformed philosophy is better equipped to do the heavy lifting when it comes to this type of writing. Sayers implies a loose, charismatic, Arminian framework.

Not recommended. ( )
  chriszodrow | Jul 7, 2014 |
Mark Sayers has some incredible insights into the church and popular culture of today ( )
  joshualukeparris | Sep 29, 2012 |
A potent, cogent critique of contemporary Christianity using two "road trips" as the framework. Jack Kerouac's book "On the Road", which the author argues had a profound impact on culture including religious culture. In contrast, the author considers the Old Testament story of Abraham to be paradigmatic for articulating what the Christian journey should be. Essentially, Sayers believes that modern Christianity is superficial, directionless, and powerless. He calls modern Christians back to an Abrahamic road trip of total commitment.

This book is an excellent read and Sayers uses language poetically and powerfully. I couldn't help thinking, though, that Sayer's view is perhaps a romantic yearning for a world and a Christianity that may not be possible in the 21st century. It's definitely a provocative perspective and worthy of every thinking Christian's time to read it. ( )
  spbooks | Jul 13, 2012 |
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What if the problem is us? Sixty years ago a goatee beard would have gotten you beat up in a lot of places. Chin fuzz was the symbol of the Beats or Beatniks, a mid-century, marginal group who pioneered a new kind of lifestyle. Their approach to life was hedonistic, experiential, fluid, and individualistic. Their contradictory approach to spirituality combined a search for God with a search for 'kicks'.

In 1947, these Beatnik heroes set out on a road trip across America re-writing the "life-script"; of all future generations. Theirs was a new kind of lifestyle for a secular age. Their lives then (like so many of our lives now) were built upon experience, pleasure, mobility and self-discovery. They would also model a new approach to faith: desiring Christ, while still pursuing a laundry list of vices. Yet this dream would turn into a nightmare and the open road would lead back to an ancient half-forgotten path.

This was a path trodden by millions of feet over thousands of years. It was a path that began with a single step of faith as a pilgrim named Abraham stepped away from a cynical culture. A path of devotion that would lead to a cross on a hill named Golgotha.

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