This illustration of the four gospel writers comes from the Book of Deer, the earliest surviving example of Gaelic literature from Scotland. The Book of Deer is an illuminated Christian text, similar to the Book of Kells. It is named after the monastery of Deer and contains portions of the Gospels of Matthew, Mark and … Continue reading The book of Deer
Not overly impressed by the Dhammapada ... which I finally got around to finishing this evening. Very repetitive. Lots of do bad and you'll be damned, do good and you'll be blessed kind of stuff. Like the book of Proverbs without the essential grace aspect. Not nearly as interesting as the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā by Nagarjuna. I suppose … Continue reading Unimpressed by the Dhammapada
This image is from the book of Cerne, an ancient Celtic Christian text featuring Gospel extracts, Pslams, hymns, prayers and an apocryphal "Harrowing of Hell". It was used by the ancients for private prayers and devotions. Shown here is the opening of the Gospel of Luke, featuring an image of Luke above his symbol, the Ox.
From John Nicol Farquhar, 1861-1929: "Here, then, we have the secret of that similarity which we are all so clearly conscious of, when we read a Gospel alongside of the Gita. In the Gospels we have in historical form the authoritative utterances of the historical Jesus; in the Gita we have the imaginations of a … Continue reading Gita and Gospel
When ranking a book I look for three things. Was it thoughtful? Was it readable? Did it leave me different afterwards? Having just devoured “ReBorn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience” by Logan Mehl-Laituri, I’m giving it 5 stars. I just couldn’t put it down and even now I’m … Continue reading Reborn on the Fourth of July: The Challenge of Faith, Patriotism & Conscience
I been buying books! Here's my latest Kindle acquisitions: Prodigal God by Timothy Keller ($8.66) Bringing the Gospel Home: Witnessing to Your Family Members, Close Friends, and Others Who Know You Well by Randy Newman ($9.00) Virtue Reborn by Tom Wright ($9.99) Jesus@Work by Graham Beynon ($1.00) A Contemporary Anabaptist Theology: Biblical, Historical, Constructive by … Continue reading Books, Books, Books
Every now and then I find it helpful to take a wider look at the spiritual currents moving through our culture, beyond my direct experience of it. In that respect I sometimes find it informative to look at what's selling in bookstore like Amazon. So tonight I thought I'd take a look at the best … Continue reading Best Sellers in Hinduism
"They could be the earliest Christian writing in existence, surviving almost 2,000 years in a Jordanian cave. They could, just possibly, change our understanding of how Jesus was crucified and resurrected, and how Christianity was born." - BBC That's a lot of "if's" for such a short statement. Some are claiming these books are more significant … Continue reading More significant than the Dead Sea Scrolls?
The other week I drew attention to some esoteric difference between Dispensational Theology, Covenant Theology and Christocentric Theology. Now, given the launch of Jesus Manifesto this week, I thought it might be timely to draw attention to how theological themes can practically manifest in book titles. Here's some examples: Reformed Influenced / Covenant Theology Desiring … Continue reading What covers CAN tell you about books
Need therapy? This evening I spent some time looking for trends in Christian publishing, guessing book sales could serve as a good litmus test for shifts in Christian focus amongst the Christian community. So I located a current list of best sellers according to the Christian Booksellers Association and ran it through a text analyser. The results? The top keywords were … Continue reading Trends in Christian Publishing
I've learned that Stuart Murray's new book, The Naked Anabaptist, is scheduled for publication in July 2010. It's about Anabaptist Christianity "stripped down to the bare essentials." Here's some extracts: In many nations, then, not only in Britain and Ireland, there are growing numbers of 'neo-Anabaptists' and 'hyphenated Anabaptists'. Neo-Anabaptists identify with the Anabaptist tradition and … Continue reading The Naked Anabaptist by Stuart Murray
Young Anabaptist Radicals, quoting from Mark Van Steenwyck, Jesus Manifesto, asks if radical book tours can change the world. Here's the challenge: It seems to be assumed that the way we can build a movement in our society is by writing books, building platforms, and then touring around using our amassed social capital to woo … Continue reading Can radical book tours change the world?