Jim Burklo Reviews “The Shack”

{William P. Young. The Shack. Windblown Media. 256 pages. $14.99 pb} Reviewed by Jim Burklo I’m a few years late reading The Shack by William P. Young (Windblown Media, 2007), which made a big splash in the world of evangelical Christians.  On vacation now, I took the time to read it, and it surprised me [Read More…]

Stunning New Illustrated Ramayana from Pixar Artist Sanjay Patel

{Sanjay Patel. Ramayana: Divine Loophole. Chronicle Books 2010. $29.95} Reviewed by J. Ryan Parker Lost in the never-ending debates about biblical inerrancy and infallibility is the recognition of the Bible’s worth as a great work of literature. Lost is the focus on how it has inspired countless translations and interpretations, both written and visual. If anything, we [Read More…]

Sherwin Nuland on Melvin Konner’s “The Jewish Body”

{Melvin Konner. The Jewish Body. Schocken 2009. 304 pp. $22.00} Reviewed By Sherwin B. Nuland Melvin Konner of Emory University is one of America’s most distinguished anthropologists, whose talents include the ability to make himself easily and enjoyably understood by readers with no background in his area of expertise. He also teaches in the university’s [Read More…]

Marcus Borg’s new novel, “Putting Away Childish Things”

{Marcus J. Borg. Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith. HarperOne 2010. 352 pp. $25.99} Reviewed by Martha K. Baker Putting Away Childish Things: A Tale of Modern Faith is didactic. Usually labeling any book “didactic” is the kiss of retail death, butMarcus Borg’s most recent book also courts a second smacker: it’s [Read More…]

“In the Land of Believers”: Gina Welch goes undercover at Jerry Falwell’s church

Gina Welch grew up in an atheistic, anti-religious household in Berkeley, California. After she moved to Virginia for graduate school, she found herself surrounded by evangelicals, at the very time that evangelicals were credited (and often blamed) for the re-election of George Bush. To investigate what makes evangelicals tick, and to confront her own personal prejudices, Gina resolved to go “undercover” and fake a conversion at the fundamentalist Thomas Road Baptist Church, where the pastor was a certain Jerry Falwell.

Patheos’ Tim Dalrymple recently interviewed Gina Welch, author of In the Land of Believers: An Outsider’s Extraordinary Journey into the Heart of the Evangelical Church. [Read more…]