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encyclopedia of ancient christianity

I've had about a week to thumb through InterVarsity Press's magisterial Encyclopedia of Ancient Christianity, though I've only digested a fraction of its 3,000-plus pages.With the Ancient Christian Commentary on Scripture and Ancient Christian Texts, IVP has become an important source for patristic studies in English. The arrival of the EAC only cements that appraisal. Every pastor, scholar, student, and hobbyist (like me!) needs it -- or at least easy access.The material is, as you … [Read more...]

5 reasons you should write in your books

Marginalia!

I've been thinking recently on an important topic for bibliophiles: Should you write in your books? The answer varies for every person, but as for me and my tomes: Yes. Scribble away, especially with nonfiction. Here are five reasons I believe defacing an author’s work is warranted.1. Back up for your own faulty memoryThe first reason is memory. Theologian and controversialist Rousas Rushdoony reportedly read a new book every day. And not just read -- which, if true, is remarkable e … [Read more...]

Cormac McCarthy and all the broken children of God

Spend any time reading the news, driving the interstates, or peering into the recesses of your own heart, and it’s clear that people are messed up.After hearing dusty tales of “a bunch of lowlife thieves and cowards and murderers,” a young man asks an old timer if people were meaner in the past than the present. “No,” says he answers, “I don’t. I think people are the same from the day God first made one.”The exchange is from Cormac McCarthy’s Child of God, which is about a man named Leste … [Read more...]

One (hard) reason God gives us families

I've not yet read Rod Dreher's new book The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, and I feel stupid for it. Frederica Mathewes-Green reviewed Little Way for the July/August Books and Culture, and it sounds like a piercing story.Here's my summary of Mathewes-Green's summary. Dreher grew up in a down-home family where people were practical and rooted. Intellectual and interested in faraway things, Dreher felt alienated and apart, feelings that became real as he left home to pursue a career in … [Read more...]

What is Christian literature? God’s truth, wherever you find it

In a 1997 interview with Books and Culture, William F. Buckley Jr. was asked what thinkers influenced him theologically. "I'm a theological novice," he answered, "but I simply assume that the Christian prism tends to inform Christians, whatever they are reading."All literature, in other words, has the potential to be Christian literature. A believer should be able to find something good, true, and beautiful thumbing through most any book -- or at least be reminded of those things by their … [Read more...]

Were there priests in the early church? Garry Wills says no. He’s wrong, and here’s why

In reading Garry Wills' new book, Why Priests? A Failed Tradition, I passed through several stages: irritation, amusement, befuddlement, frustration, disbelief. Attesting to his immense talent, I occasionally felt all these things at once.Wills' argument is that priests are nowhere found in the New Testament, more or less, and that priestly power is advanced by a bogus understanding of the Eucharist and the inclusion of the Letter to the Hebrews in the Bible. And let's just pause to remember … [Read more...]

What, angels are bilingual? They are now, baby!

Lifted by Angels -- Now in Spanish!

I'm excited (and deeply honored) to announce that Lifted by Angels is now available in Spanish.Lifted by Angels explains the role and significance of angels from the perspective of the early church. Building upon the biblical stories, it branches out to see how ancient Christians understood those accounts and what that meant for them. It serves as a helpful corrective to the often silly image of angels that dominate our culture.Get your copy at CBD, B&N, or Amazon.Now if we … [Read more...]


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