book notes and reviews

Exodus: Gods and Kings–unless you’re a biased blasphemer, the movie is utterly historically plausible

Posted by PeteEnns on December 17, 2014 in book notes and reviews Old Testament 80 Comments

I just saw Exodus: Gods and Kings, preparing myself for 2’20” of absolute nonsense, judging by most of the reviews I’ve read. But I honestly don’t know what all the fuss was about. I found the movie to be amazingly accurate, or at least plausible and possibly accurate. The critics are wrong. First, I think

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experience teaches us to be radically undogmatic

Posted by PeteEnns on November 3, 2014 in book notes and reviews Christian faith and life 8 Comments

As Gadamer puts it, “The truth of experience always contains an orientation towards new experiences.  The perfection of this experience, the perfect form of what we call ‘experienced,’ does not consist in the fact that someone already knows everything and knows better than anyone else. “Rather the experienced person proves to be, on the contrary, someone who is radically undogmatic; who, because of

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was David really a king? two recent books explore his life

Posted by PeteEnns on March 1, 2014 in book notes and reviews Old Testament No Comments

I’m reading together two recent books that explore the live of King David: Joel Baden’s The Historical David: The Real Life of an Invented Hero and Jacob L. Wright’s King David and His Reign Revisited. The latter is available now in iBooks and will soon be available from Cambridge University Press. Neither book is for raw beginners,

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what is “safe” and “not safe” to think? (part 3 of Bovell’s review of The Lost World of Scripture)

Posted by PeteEnns on February 10, 2014 in book notes and reviews Evangelicalism guest posts 49 Comments

Today’s post is the third and final part of Carlos Bovell’s review of  The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority (previous post here). Inerrantists are indebted to Walton and Sandy for the time and care they took in their new book Lost World to explain why the doctrine of inerrancy needs to

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can speech act theory rehabilitate inerrancy? (part 2 of Carlos Bovell’s review of The Lost World of Scripture)

Posted by PeteEnns on January 31, 2014 in book notes and reviews Evangelicalism guest posts No Comments

Today, Carlos Bovell continues his review of The Lost World of Scripture: Ancient Literary Culture and Biblical Authority by John H. Walton and D. Brent Sandy (part 1 is here). Bovell is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary and The Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. He is the author of Inerrancy and the Spiritual Formation of Younger

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Review of The Lost World of Scripture (Walton and Sandy) by Carlos Bovell

Posted by PeteEnns on January 20, 2014 in book notes and reviews Evangelicalism guest posts No Comments

Today’s post is the first part of a book review by Carlos Bovell, who has been a guest here numerous times (most recently here). Carlos is a graduate of Westminster Theological Seminary and The Institute for Christian Studies, Toronto. He is the author of Inerrancy and the Spiritual Formation of Younger Evangelicals (2007), By Good and Necessary Consequence: A

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“Dear Christian leaders: Please laugh at yourself now and then.” {God}

Posted by PeteEnns on December 8, 2013 in book notes and reviews Christian faith and life No Comments

In his book Between Heaven and Mirth: Why Joy, Humor, and Laughter Are at the Heart of the Spiritual Life, Fr. James Martin talks about the role of humor in the life of the saints–though using “humor” and “saints” in the same sentence might seem counterintuitive to many of us. He recounts the exploits of

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