Question: What’s your view on William P. Young’s The Shack?
Having read The Shack, I think that while this novel can speak to people who have experienced profound trauma, unforgiveness, bitterness, and abuse, I have quite a number of problems with it. One of the most basic is that it presents a distorted picture of God by eliminating half of His attributes (for instance, it has no categories for the transcendence, judgment, wrath, or fear of God). I also dislike the unbiblical imagery and the flawed and relativistic epistemology. In addition, it teaches modalism and other errors concerning the Godhead. I therefore recommend caution regarding this book, since the comfort it may provide can be offset by its distortions. In addition, the 2017 film adaptation of the novel stirs up additional problems, discussed in this article.
- Burning Down The Shack: How the Christian Bestseller Is Deceiving Millions (book by James B. De Young discussing the book’s erroneous theology)
- A Reader’s Review of The Shack from Challies.com (PDF download)1
- Book review from Discerning Reader
- “Diminishing Glory: Stay Out of The Shack” BreakPoint article by Chuck Colson
- Review of The Shack by Glenn R. Kreider (note: Kreider also wrote an older review, available here)
- Beware of “The Shack”! (see especially the section on “Reimagining the Trinity”)
- Additional info is online here at Challies.com.