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...]

Whatever happened to the Evangelical church?

Review of The Courage to Be Protestant by David WellsIt takes no courage to sign up as a Protestant. After all, millions have done so throughout the West. They are not in any peril. To live by the truth of historic Protestantism, however, is an entirely different matter. That takes courage in today's context. (1)What has happened to American Christianity in the 20th (and now 21st) century? How have we gone from thoughtful and faithful Puritans building a church in a "howling wilderness" to … [Read more...]

Edwards on Freedom

Review of Freedom of the Will by Jonathan EdwardsThis post is part of the Patheos "What Do I Really Believe?" series under the subject: Does Free Will Really Exist? Who could possibly deny the existence of free will, especially in America? After all, this is the land of choices—and if you don't believe  just walk into your local supermarket sometime and try to count how many soda, chip, or cookie options there are on the shelves. And while you're there, you should also notice that there i … [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...]

The Woman in White and the Sassy Single Sister

A Review of The Woman in White, by Wilkie CollinsBy ALEXIS NEALIn 1859, British novelist and playwright Wilkie Collins penned The Woman in White, arguably the first detective novel (Poe’s ‘The Murders in the Rue Morgue’, published some 18 years earlier, was not a full-length novel) and an excellent example of the sensational literature popular at the time. It has since earned a spot on several lists of Great Novels, and has been adapted for stage and screen something like a dozen times … [Read more...]

Glittery Vampires in Love

Twilight, by Stephanie MeyerNo, you're not experiencing deja vu (or if you are, it's unrelated). Schaeffer's Ghost has already posted a review of Twilight—and quite a good one at that. And yet, I am compelled to review the first book in the series because I have been compelled to read it by my wife (possibly as revenge for my forcing her to read The Cowboy and the Vampire, which in turn was revenge for being subjected to Jane Eyre).If you haven't read Twilight, there's a good summary … [Read more...]

God’s Favorite Place on Earth?

Review of God's Favorite Place on Earth by Frank ViolaBy COYLE NEALI am probably not the right person to be reviewing this book. Despite being an Evangelical for as long as I can remember, the majority of my devotional reading has been restricted either to openly bad theology (mostly in my high school years) or to spectacularly good/practical works. (I take full responsibility for the bad; credit for the good goes to some wonderful guides and advisors from the churches I have been … [Read more...]

Want an introduction to Augustine’s theology?

Review of The Theology of Augustine: An Introductory Guide to His Most Important Works by Matthew Levering This is the third 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 and Retrieving Nicaea.As the … [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...]