Next Friday, The Shack opens nationwide, prompting full theaters, plenty of box office profits, and apparently, a bunch of ticked off conservative pastors.
I get it. I really do.
I read the book when it was first released back in 2007. When I finished, I was simultaneously impressed and fearful. I was impressed because it was truly a riveting novel that deals with real life issues of pain that too few churches are willing to honestly address. I was fearful because the "god" portrayed within its pages isn't the one true and living God who has revealed Himself to us in Scripture.
The "god" of the Shack is air. It doesn't exist. It's a worthless and damnable idol.
My reasons for making such a broad, sweeping claim are numerous, and too many to list here. If you are interested in a detailed theological critique of the book, I really cannot improve upon that given by Tim Challies here. Principally, the author's view of God as presented in this story reflects an ancient heresy known as modalism--a doctrine that conflates the clear Biblical distinctions between the members of the Trinity and as such, compromises the role each plays in the process of redemption.