Follow the Leader

Review of Follow Me by David Platt By COYLE NEAL David Platt will mess you up. Or at least, his books will. When they’re not convicting you of being a fat, lazy American who doesn’t have much faith but has far too much comfort and stuff, they’re challenging you to live as if you are [Read More...]

In Alexander’s Footsteps

Review of Into the Land of Bones: Alexander the Great in Afghanistan by Frank L. Holt By COYLE NEAL If you are not familiar with Frank Holt, I’m not terribly surprised. In one sense he is an obscure academic working in an obscure corner of academia. Specifically, he is an expert in Central Asian numismatics—the [Read More...]

Book of the Dun Cow

Review of Book of the Dun Cow by Walter Wangerin, Jr. By KENDRICK KUO Aesop’s fables, Narnia, and Animal Farm, all rolled into one, would produce something similar to Book of the Dun Cow (1978), although Dun Cow is in a league of its own. The book won the the National Book Award (1980), to [Read More...]

Slaughterhouse-Five

Review of Slaughterhouse-Five by Kurt Vonnegut By COYLE NEAL Billy Pilgrim has become unstuck in time. That is, he does not live from second to second as most of us do, but instead jumps to the future, and then back to the past, and then again to the present (whatever that means—it can be hard [Read More...]

Jesus Makes You Smarter

Review of Habits of the Mind: Intellectual Life as a Christian Calling, by James W. Sire By PAUL D. MILLER A colleague once asked me what makes a good analyst. I thought for a while, and answered “humility, courage, and integrity.” My colleague was surprised, having expected me to answer “a masters degree, high scores [Read More...]

Christian Scholarship Doesn’t Have to be About Christianity

Excellence:  The Character of God and the Pursuit of Scholarly Virtue, by Andreas J. Kostenberger By Justin Hawkins Andreas J. Kostenberger’s position at the top of evangelical Biblical scholarship affords him a particularly privileged vantage point to comment on the challenges and joys of the Christian scholarly task.  Yet his Excellence: The Character of God [Read More...]

Screwtape Redux

Review of Operation Screwtape by Andrew Farley By COYLE NEAL This book probably needs no summarization. If you are any kind of literate Christian, you’ve probably been at least indirectly exposed to C.S. Lewis’ masterpiece The Screwtape Letters. Andrew Farley has updated Lewis’ work to meet the needs of the 21st century by providing this [Read More...]

Kafka’s World Without Grace

Review of The Trial, by Franz Kafka By PAUL D. MILLER A hundred years ago, a German-speaking Czech insurance salesman—and a secular Jew—wrote three incomplete novels and a handful of short stories and died young. His reputation soared among literati, who speak of this man—Franz Kafka—in the hushed, awed tones reserved for the great and [Read More...]

Smart Christians

Review of Jesus Christ and the Life of the Mind by Mark Noll By PAUL D. MILLER I previously blogged sympathetically about Mark Noll’s indictment of evangelical stupidity in his book The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. That post spurred a bit of debate (see my friend Owen Strachan’s response, and Carson Clark’s response to Owen).  [Read More...]

Reforming Hollywood: The Ups and Downs of Protestant Film Engagement

Review of Reforming Hollywood: How American Protestants Fought for Freedom at the Movies by William D. Romanowski By CHRISTIAN HAMAKER As religious film criticism has carved out a niche in the broader world of the arts the past two decades, so has the literature on Christian film criticism and involvement. One of the better writers on [Read More...]


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