Does the Reformation still matter today?

Review of Why the Reformation Still Matters by Michael Reeves and Tim ChesterOctober 31, 2017 will be the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. (The "quingentesimus", if you care about the fancy name for that particular anniversary.) As a result we have seen and will no doubt increasingly see a spate of books on the market celebrating or decrying the Reformers and the work God did through them. One of the best introductions to that reforming work so far is Why the Reformation Still … [Read more...]

Games Without Rules is a Winner

Review of Games Without Rules: The Often Interrupted History of Afghanistan, by Tamim AnsaryGiven the length of the American attention span, it's useful to remind people from time to time that American forces are still deployed in Afghanistan. Despite (unwise?) campaign promises, President Obama has not only not removed troops from the ground in Central Asia, but has dedicated us to at least another two years there. While this is not the reason I originally started to Tamim Ansary's … [Read more...]

Gates Unhinged

Review of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War by Robert M. GatesAccording to the rules of an old Washington parlor game, there is only one thing to do upon the release of a memoir by a former high-profile official: search the text for the most salacious, damning, or quotable put-downs of other officials and shout them over Twitter at your political opponents. Thus, if you have heard anything about former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates’ new memoir, Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, you k … [Read more...]

The Boys in the Boat

Review of The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James BrownBy JONATHAN KEIMThe 1936 Berlin Olympics foreshadowed the coming European war. Because no shots had been fired, however, the soon-to-be antagonists looked for symbols and propaganda victories. The Nazis, for instance, co-opted the Olympic heritage to reinforce the notion that the world had come to pay homage to the greatness of the Third Reich, and made every … [Read more...]

Athanasius Speaks to Us Today

Review of Athanasius by Peter J. Leithart This is the sixth installment of Reading Patristics–a review series dedicated to books about the early church fathers. These reviews will not be exhaustive summaries, but instead are meant to pique the interest of readers to pursue reading in this area of study and a guide to good books in the field. Previous installments: Classical Christian Doctrine, Retrieving Nicaea, The Theology of Augustine, The Christians as the Romans Saw Them, The Spirit of E … [Read more...]

Why I Am Not a Fundamentalist

A Review of Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism by George M. MarsdenI am a fundamentalist. I believe in the “five fundamentals” that originally defined the term: the divine inspiration of the Bible, the virgin birth of Christ, the atoning work of Jesus’ death on the cross, Jesus’ bodily resurrection, and the historicity of Christ’s miracles. These five beliefs were spotlighted by The Fundamentals, a series of books published starting in 1910 about the core doctrines of Christiani … [Read more...]

The Spirit of Not-So-Early Christian Thought

Review of The Spirit of Early Christian Thought by Robert Louis WilkenThis is the fifth installment of Reading Patristics–a review series dedicated to books about the early church fathers. These reviews will not be exhaustive summaries, but instead are meant to pique the interest of readers to pursue reading in this area of study and a guide to good books in the field. Previous installments: Classical Christian Doctrine, Retrieving Nicaea, The Theology of Augustine, and The Christians as the … [Read more...]

The Gospel through Pagan Eyes

Review of Christians as the Romans Saw Them by Robert Louis WilkenThis is the fourth installment of Reading Patristics–a review series dedicated to books about the early church fathers. These reviews will not be exhaustive summaries, but instead are meant to pique the interest of readers to pursue reading in this area of study and a guide to good books in the field. Previous installments: Classical Christian Doctrine, Retrieving Nicaea, and The Theology of Augustine.From time to time … [Read more...]

Retrieving Nicaea: A Revisionist History of Nicene Theology

Review of Retrieving Nicaea: The Development and Meaning of Trinitarian Doctrine by Khaled AnatoliosThis is the second installment of Reading Patristics--a review series dedicated to books about the early church fathers. These reviews will not be exhaustive summaries, but instead are meant to pique the interest of readers to pursue reading in this area of study and a guide to good books in the field. Previous installments: Classical Christian Doctrine.The recently published Retrieving … [Read more...]

Classical Christian Doctrine sets the record straight on patristic theology

Review of Classical Christian Doctrine: Introducing the Essentials of the Ancient Faith by Ronald E. HeineThis is the first installment of Reading Patristics--a review series dedicated to books about the early church fathers. These reviews will not be exhaustive summaries, but instead are meant to pique the interest of readers to pursue reading in this area of study and a guide to good books in the field.What did the early Christians believe? How different were they from Christians today? … [Read more...]