A minister of religion in Britain looks at some key societal problems and offers solutions based on Christian writings.
In his nonfiction debut, Walker deals with three prominent, contentious issues in modern society: the scourge of depression, the difficulties of child-rearing, and the degradation of the environment. In all these cases, his approach should be familiar to his fellow fundamentalist Christians: The word of God is the only guide, the only safeguard, and the only accounting. “God will never abandon you,” the author assures his readers. “You are the most precious thing he has created, and as the Father, he will always be there for you, in whatever situation you are in.” In this way, he contextualizes his subjects along biblical lines. While examining pollution, for instance, he reminds his readers that in the book of Genesis God originally charges Adam to “tend” the Garden of Eden. Walker then deftly broadens his assessment to deliver a fervent call for greater environmental conscientiousness when it comes to things like recycling plastic. His passages on depression are more worrying. He urges his readers to resist the devil and his minions when it comes to fighting their way through depression. Depression is not caused by demons, and stating otherwise is incredibly baffling in the 21st century (the author references the story of Jesus and the Gadarene swine). Walker’s long section on parenting is full of basic and useful advice: that homes should be kept neat, that families should stay together, that children should be raised responsibly, etc. The author asserts that “we are instructed by God on how we are to bring up our children”—which requires selective Scripture quoting in order to avoid God’s instruction that rebellious children should be executed by their parents. Christian readers will likely be acquainted with these kinds of carefully sculpted homilies.
A passionate but somewhat simplistic call to return to God’s ways when addressing modern-day problems.