Archives For Conversation

 

One of this week’s best new book releases is:

 
Silence: In the Age of Noise
Erling Kagge

Hardback: Pantheon, 2017
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Here’s a great tongue-in-cheek silent interview with the author
(set to the soundtrack of John Cage’s 4:33) :

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One of the best new book releases of this week is:
 

Fear+Less Dialogues: A New Movement for Justice
Gregory Ellison II

Paperback: WJK Books, 2017
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I have started reading this book,
and am finding it very helpful!

 

These brief video clips are a great intro to the book…

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A Timely Meditation
 
A Brief Review of 
 

October 31, 1517:
Martin Luther and the Day that Changed the World

Martin Marty

Hardback: Paraclete Press, 2017
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Reviewed by C. Christopher Smith
 
 
Today marks the 500th anniversary of the date attributed to Martin Luther’s posting of his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church Wittenberg. Martin Marty, one of the most distinguished scholars of church history over the last century, has written a powerful and timely meditation on the significance of this event. It is, as James Martin, SJ refers to it in his foreword: “a short book on a big topic written by an expert.”

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Here We Are, Slaves to This Day
 
A Feature Review of

Exile: A Conversation
with N.T. Wright

James M. Scott, Ed.

Hardback: IVP Academic, 2017
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Reviewed by Joseph Johnson

 

At their best, good conversations are lively, wide-ranging, and sometimes even surprising. They push us to consider ideas from new angles and hammer out with fresh clarity why we see things the way we do. It’s not always easy to find these kinds of discussions, but the essays that make up Exile: A Conversation with N.T. Wright demonstrate for the most part what thoughtful scholarly discussion is meant to look like. The contributors are generally successful at avoiding the twin pitfalls of uncritical acceptance and blunt rejection in their responses to N.T. Wright’s influential (and controversial) proposal regarding the notion of ongoing exile as an influential “controlling narrative” for many Second Temple Jews and early Jesus followers (8).

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A Model of Passionate
and Detailed Conversation
 
A Review of 

Old-Earth or Evolutionary Creation?
Kenneth Keathley, J. B. Stump, and Joe Aguirre, Eds.

Paperback: IVP Academic, 2017
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Reviewed by Justin Cober-Lake

 

Religious faith and scientific study haven’t always been at odds, but over the last few decades, few interdisciplinary conversations have been as publicly contentious. Between the rise of New Atheism and the speed of scientific discovery, the culture wars have persisted when it comes to issues like evolution/creation, the age of the earth, and more. These debates haven’t always been amicable, even within Christian circles, but two organizations committed to looking at these fields of study look for healthy ways to advance conversation. BioLogs and Reasons to Believe (RTB) have turned a decade’s worth of interaction into Old-Earth or Evolutionary Creation?, a work designed  to present not only views of the two groups, but also the charitable attitude that informs their ongoing discussions.

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Public Radio WNYC did a great interview last weekend with novelist Amitav Ghosh, author of the recent book…
 

The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable (Berlin Family Lectures)
Amitav Ghosh

 
Paperback: U of Chicago Press, 2016
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Ghosh explores the question, “where’s the great climate change novel?” He argues that climate change is less a science problem than a crisis of imagination.

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One of this week’s best new book releases is:
 

Mother Tongue: How Our Heritage Shapes Our Story
Leonard Sweet

Hardback: NavPress, 2017
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via Google Books

 
 

Here is a snippet from an interview I did with Leonard Sweet for RELEVANT magazine

( Will appear in the May/June 2017 issue )
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The author of this excellent new book was interview on NPR this week…
 

No One Cares About Crazy People: The Chaos and Heartbreak of Mental Health in America
Ron Powers

Hardback: Hachette Books, 2017
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Our review of this book appeared in our Lent 2017 magazine issue.
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Story and Experience 

A Feature Review of 

Why I Left / Why I Stayed: Conversations on Christianity Between an Evangelical Father and His Humanist Son

Bart Campolo / Tony Campolo

Hardback: HarperOne, 2017
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Reviewed by Jeff Nelson.
 

Early in this book, Bart Campolo shares the story of what led to his leaving the Christian faith. During a ride on his bike, he crashed head-first into a tree that led to weeks of recovering his memory followed by fresh realizations related to identity and belief. Among such realizations came one of the biggest: he, the son of a nationally renowned evangelical leader and speaker and with his own long career as a pastor, speaker, and missionary himself, no longer believed in God.

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This week marked the birthday of theologian Martin Buber… 

In the fragmented world driven by social media, Martin Buber’s words give us the compelling hope of being in conversation and being present with others. They orient us toward the shalom that God intends for creation.

Here are 5 important passages that illuminate the virtues of conversation in the present age…

 

The Most Acute Symptom
of the Pathology of our time.

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