…because we are going here.
It’s been a while since I’ve written any reviews for the Discerning Reader (sorry Mark and Tim!). So this past week I finally sent something in – well actually two things. The first is up, a review of Stan Porter and Gordon Heath’s excellent The Lost Gospel of Judas: Separating Fact From Fiction. You can check it out here.
This was recently brought to my attention: EthOS. It’s a website that catalogs all theses done in Britain. The ones I’ve searched thus far aren’t available for download though.
Here is an essay that I wrote for my first master of theology reading seminar with Dr. Michael Haykin. This seminar was on the English Reformation. The essay itself is a survey and (slight) evaluation of three contemporary historians of the English Reformation, namely A. G. Dickens, Eamon Duffy and Diarmaid MacCulloch. I did well on the paper, praise the Lord!
I’ve also linked this in the “Graphe” page (to the right) where I’m going to catalogue anything of substance that I write.
Veritas Forum is a great place to for Christians in a university setting to come and learn how their faith applies to issues of culture. The University of Toronto will be one of those places this coming March. Check out the Veritas Forum’s website for more info. I’m especially interested in checking out the lecture on Tolstoy on March 5.
Vanderbilt University has a fabulous bibliographical website on church history called the Cambridge Dictionary of Christianity. It’s a nifty resource to be aware of.
Gary Galles reviews Thomas Sowell’s recent book Economic Facts and Fallacies (2007) at The Freeman. As I’ve said before, anything Sowell writes is golden. This book looks to be a must-read, alongside Henry Hazlitt’s Economics In One Lesson. Here are some quotes from Galles’ review:
Economic Facts and Fallacies exposes an array of widely held beliefs to careful logical scrutiny and evidence—evidence that is usually ignored by those who favor interventionist government policies. Time and again, readers are shown that support for expanding government control arises from mistaken reasoning and interpretation of data…
The bulk of the book consists of six chapters dealing with subjects where economic misunderstanding abounds: the urban economy, male-female comparisons, academia, income, race, and the Third World. In each of those sections Sowell rebuts a group of beliefs that are widely accepted despite their fallaciousness and incompatibility with the evidence…
Economic Facts and Fallacies highlights many instances where questionable if not downright foolish policy choices were made. So why don’t we change them? Sowell writes, “Many beliefs which collapse under scrutiny may nevertheless persist indefinitely when they are not scrutinized, and especially when skilled advocates are able to perpetuate those beliefs by forestalling scrutiny through appeals to emotions or interests.” This book makes it harder for such advocates to keep pulling the wool over our eyes.
Thomas Goodwin (1600-1679) was an English Puritan who lived during one of the most tumultuous times in England’s history: the English Civil War. Goodwin was a theologian and a chaplain to Oliver Cromwell. A number of years ago I seriously toyed with the idea of studying Goodwin and began collecting his works. I’ve heard it said that he is a “readable” Puritan. I can agree with that, but then again, everyone is readable next to John Owen!
Joel Beeke, president of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, has a great article at the Reformation 21 online magazine recommending Goodwin’s works. He lists them in the order that he thinks they should be read. After listing each volume, he gives a brief summary and shares some of his own thoughts on the piece (this post is also here). I found reading this extremely helpful and it makes me want to pull Goodwin out of the boxes at my mom’s house where most of my library is stored.
My friend Mark Jones is coming to the final stages of his doctoral studies at the University of Leiden where he is studying Thomas Goodwin. Mark has a piece at I Will Build My Church…In Ireland on why he chose to study Goodwin. This is well worth reading also.
I’ve been afforded the opportunity to team-teach a course on the history of western philosophy next year with Michael Haykin. I’m very, very excited about it. Out of a twelve-week course, I’ll be giving six three hour lectures. My topics will be Aristotle; Anselm/Aquinas; Descartes/Locke; Hume/Kant; Marx; Foucault.
Our textbooks will likely be:
W. Andrew Hoffecker, Revolutions in Worldview (Phillipsburg, New Jersey: P&R Publishing, 2007).
Anthony Kenney (ed), The Oxford History of Western Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2001).
I was wondering what resources you would recommend for studying either the full swath of western philosophy or individual figures – mostly the ones I’ve listed above. I want to amass a good bibliography. I already have a decent collection, but the more the merrier! This includes good primary and secondary sources; critical editions; out-of-print titles; websites; audio; etc.
You’ll note here at RearViewMirror that I’ll be posting resources both for this course and for my master’s work. It’s a good place to keep everything under one hat and at hand for quick reference.
Well, if you’ve linked here through my old blog Ruminations By The Lake, you know that it’s officially dead over there. Here’s where it’s at.
RearViewMirror will be the place where I continue my forays into the blogosphere, but I also hope to have it as a general site where I can host information about me so that it can be used as a sort’ve online resume.
There are still some bugs that need to be fumigated, so you’ll notice the odd change here and there. Right now the banner pic is useful, but I hope to change it and some other pics.
If you have any thoughts or recommendations, please let me know! I’d love to hear from you. For more info see my “But Why RearViewMirror?” page to the right.
John Bell preached a great sermon at New City Baptist last night on Genesis 3 and the Fall. Here’s his outline:
1. The instigation of the revolution (:1-6)
2. The revolution’s results: shame, fear and loss of
3. The revolution’s judgment (:4-24)
— a) Husbands and wives
— b) God’s good creation falls
— c) Death
— d) Original sin
Check out the audio.
Clint Humfrey has an encouraging post on TBS’s New Testament professor, Dr. Pierre Constant. I totally agree with everything that Clint wrote. I had Dr. Constant for second and third year Greek as well as for New Testament Theology and Academic Research. I know from personal experience that he is rigorous when it comes to scholarship, compassionate when it comes to students, and God glorifying when it comes to his life. He is truly an example of the theologian-pastor. Thanks Clint!
[Quoting Wright] It is central to Paul, but almost entirely ignored in perspectives old, new and otherwise, that God had a single plan all along through which he intended to rescue the world and the human race, and that this single plan was centred upon the call of Israel, a call which Paul saw coming to fruition in Israel’s representative, the Messiah” (pp. 18-19, emphasis his).
This is great stuff, but it is hardly Columbus planting the flag on a virgin continent. Find me one word in that summary that would not bring forth a chorus of amens from B.B. Warfield, Jonathan Edwards, or any Reformed stalwart between the years, say, 1550 and 1900. Take that phrase “almost entirely ignored” and hold it up to the light in wonderment. So where did I obtain the tall stack of books that I read that persuaded me of this view long before I had ever heard of N.T. Wright? Wright really needs to get out more, and stop acting like he has discovered things that many Christians have known and taught over the course of generations.
Glenn Fox sent this out to the Free Market Environmentalist group on Facebook today. It’s an interchange by Lawrence Solomon and Michael Mann on global warming. It’s a fairly serious interchange. If anything, it confirms that consensus does not exist on the issue.
Finally, a word to those of you who either support abortion
rights or who are indifferent to this whole issue. If you are shocked and
appalled at how this little girl was killed, then why not be shocked and
appalled at the fact that if the doctor had arrived on time the same outrage
would have occurred? The only difference would have been that the killing would
have taken place in a different location.