May 2012 Archives

You Cannot Judge This Book by its Cover: A Review

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My philosophy of teaching is very simple: while I confess that I do like it when I am able to persuade students to agree with me, my primary purpose is to teach them to think as historians. This is reflected in my view of textbooks: I do not care particularly as to whether or not I agree with a textbook's overall thesis (if indeed there is one); I simply want a book which lays out the major issues clearly and provides precise and accurate information when it comes to names, dates, places and events. It was with these things in mind that I came to review G. R. Evans new book, The Roots of the Reformation (IVP US, 2012) continue

Weight of a Flame: The Passion of Olympia Morata

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Simonetta Carr, Weight of a Flame: The Passion of Olympia Morata (Phillipsburg, NJ: P&R Publishing, 2011).In the interest of disclosure this review was written by a thirty-something-year-old man with the help of two young ladies under age five and a... continue

From Theodicy to Theophany: Inscrutability and the Problem of Evil

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The problem of evil is still considered to be the strongest argument against Christianity specifically, or theism generally. It is thought to be the Achilles Heel of Christianity, the one thing that brings the whole position crumbling down. One of the reasons that the problem of evil is considered to be such a strong argument against Christianity is that it has such broad appeal. Unlike strictly metaphysical or epistemological arguments against God's existence, the problem of evil is one that is more intuitive, understood by virtually anyone, whether or not he is a philosopher. continue

J.V. Fesko, Galatians

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J. V. Fesko, Galatians (Tolle Lege Press, 2012), xxvii + 180 pp.In the last few decades, there has been a revival of lectio continua preaching, which is beginning to produce a harvest of expository commentaries. This can only have the... continue

Can the New Testament Canon be Defended? Derek Thomas Interviews Michael Kruger

Article by   May 2012
"Put simply, when it comes to canon issues I think Christians, generally speaking, are in a bit of an epistemological crisis. They believe something but are not aware of the foundations for that belief. For these reasons, my book Canon Revisited is a different sort of book on canon than some might expect. I am not directly addressing the question of whether the canon is true--the book is not designed to somehow prove the truth of the canon to the skeptic. Rather, I am addressing the question of whether Christians have sufficient grounds for knowing whether it is true." continue
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