Scott McKnight initiates a conversation about the book
HERESIES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM
The word “heresy” appears on this blog every now and then, and I have long wanted to do a series on heresy and heresies and have now found a perfect reason: B. Quash and M. Ward, Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why It Matters What Christians Believe. I want to get this conversation started today. I begin with a set of questions:
How do you define “heresy”? Who defines “heresy”? What have you heard — profound and absurd — that was called heretical? Do you think it is important to point out heresy? What are the dangers in pointing out heresy?
This book is an edited collection of readable, brief, and incisive chps on various heresies: Arianism, Docetism, Nestorianism, Eutychianism, Adoptionism, Theopaschitism, Marcionism, Donatism, Pelagianism, Gnosticism, Free Spirit, and the book closes with a study of Bibical Trinitarianism and the purpose of being orthodox.
Read the full piece:
HERSIES AND HOW TO AVOID THEM:
WHY IT MATTERS WHAT CHRISTIANS BELIEVE.
Quash and Ward.
Paperback: Hendrickson, 2007.
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The NY TIMES Review of Peter Singer’s
THE LIFE YOU CAN SAVE
Are you a good person?The proper answer to that question is, of course, “Go away.”
But you might reply that it depends on how one defines the word good. In a world of easily identified devils — Osama bin Laden, Kim Jong-Il, Bernard Madoff — most of us feel we’re basically on the side of the angels. We work hard, pay our bills, try to raise our children well, volunteer a bit here and there and, when in doubt, abide by the golden rule. (Don’t we?) Why not give ourselves the benefit of the doubt?
Peter Singer’s new book about world poverty, “The Life You Can Save,” is here to tell us that we aren’t, most of us, the people we think we are. On a planet full of so much obvious and widespread suffering, he writes, “there is something deeply askew with our widely accepted views about what it is to live a good life.”
Read the full review:
THE LIFE YOU CAN SAVE.
Hardcover: Random House, 2009.
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A Review of Pete Dunne’s PRAIRIE SPRINGhttp://www.hawkowlsnest.com/2009/01/book-review-pete-dunnes-prairie-spring.html
Dunne’s latest book Prairie Spring: A Journey Into the Heart of a Season (due out in March) is a work of passion and love – love for a very specific type of habitat and its past, present, and future. The history of the American prairie is the history of America itself. In this book, Dunne takes us on a journey through the prairie through the passing of a single spring season. Throughout this exploration, he delves into the the people, flora, and fauna that inhabit this land now and throughout time. We meet prairie-chickens and the people who love them and we meet the regular Joe’s at the coffee shops in the tiny towns that dot the prairie landscape. We also meet the plains Indians, the wildflowers, the bison, the longspurs, and the meadowlarks. Dunne visits splendid landscapes and mourns the aftermath of the Dust Bowl.
Read the full review:
A JOURNEY INTO THE HEART OF A SEASON
Hardcover: Houghton Mifflin, 2009.
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