John Dickson Book Critique

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Liberty Theological Seminary

John Dickson Book Critique
Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, AND Leadership

A paper
Submitted to Dr. Donald Hicks In Partial Fulfillment
Of the Requirements for the Course
Preventing Ministry Failure
Lead 625

By
Dwight Chavis

February 22, 2014
Table of Contents
Summary…………..……………..……………………………………………………page 1
Critique …………...…………………………………………………………………...page 2
Evaluation……………………………………………………………………………...page 4
Conclusion ………………………………………………………………………..........page 4
Bibliography ……………………………………………………………………….......page 5

SUMMARY Author John Dickson has written a book on a word that is often misunderstood and misused. In his book Humilitas: A Lost Key to Life, Love, AND Leadership, He
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He writes, “Uppermost in a father’s mind in the ancient world was not whether his son would be happy (in the modern sense) or make money to live morally, but whether the boy would bring honour to the family.” Dickson illuminates for the reader that there was a time when humility was simply regarded as weakness, and was seen as inconsequential in the pursuit of one’s honor. The greatest area of his work lies and is found in the way he was able to show how Jesus started the revolution toward the pursuit of humility in a time when the honor-shame society was at its height. He attributes the success of Jesus in the area not to Jesus’ persona exactly, but rather his execution. Crucifixion was the ancient world’s ultimate punishment and Jesus suffered a death that was reserved for slaves and political rebels. This death Dickson describes as the turning point because Christians came to see the death of Jesus not as the evidence of Jesus’ humiliation, but proof that greatness can be seen in times of immense suffering. Jesus called Himself a king yet he suffered the death of a common slave. Dickson’s work is great in this area because he is able to show that Jesus showed humility while perfectly modeling and persuading toward humility over self-enlargement.
EVALUATION
Although Dickson wants this book to be a practical view on the subject of humility, this book should be viewed as a self help book. This book is very practical and it uses some personal illustrations
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