Browsing All Posts filed under »History«

The Color of Compromise | Reflections & Notes

January 29, 2019


Jemar Tisby. The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism. Zondervan, 2019. (253 pages) REFLECTIONS We should all be unsettled at our history; the ancestors and ideologies that have preceded us. We should be equally dispirited with how seemingly impotent religious adherence has been, for many, in breeding a more just […]

The Triumph of Christianity | Reflections & Notes

October 27, 2018


Rodney Stark. The Triumph of Christianity: How The Jesus Movement Became The World’s Largest Religion. HarperOne, 2011. (506 pages) REFLECTIONS Religion is often stereotypically dismissed as myth. But what if the academic history told about religion is actually itself the myth? My pursuit at getting to the truth of that question–and all that it implies–is what makes […]

21 Lessons for the 21st Century | Reflections & Critical Notes

September 30, 2018


Yuval Noah Harari. 21 Lessons for the 21st Century. Spiegel & Grau, 2018. (372 pages) REFLECTIONS If a book sits on a shelf and no one reads it, does it make a sound? p. 326 If you want provocation, look no further than Harari. While his previous two books–Sapiens and Homo Deus—looked to the past and the […]

Enlightenment Now | Critical Reflections, Critical Reviews, & Notes

September 22, 2018


Steven Pinker. Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress. Penguin Random House, 2018. (556 pages) CRITICAL REFLECTIONS There are several possible approaches to the dilemma of this juncture in human history. Some panic. Some celebrate. Some hope and believe. Some simply ignore and go on about their lives. Most do a combination of […]

Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian in the First Three Centuries? | Notes & Critical Review

June 1, 2018


Larry Hurtado. Why On Earth Did Anyone Become A Christian in the First Three Centuries? Marquette University Press, 2016. (144 pages) Larry Hurtado’s blog; For one thing the question as posed by Stark and most other scholars who have addressed earliest Christianity tends to have a macro-focus. … But I want to focus here on the […]

David Christian: The History of our world in 18 minutes | Transcript & Highlights

May 3, 2018


First, a video. Yes, it is a scrambled egg. But as you look at it, I hope you’ll begin to feel just slightly uneasy.Because you may notice that what’s actually happening is that the egg is unscrambling itself. And you’ll now see the yolk and the white have separated. And now they’re going to be poured back into the egg. And we […]

Moral Combat | Review & Notes

January 27, 2018


R. Marie Griffith. Moral Combat: How Sex Divided American Christians & Fractured American Politics. Basic Books, 2017. (395 pages) REVIEW I would consider categorizing this book as a “journalistic lamentation.” Griffith’s research and reporting is quite incredible. I can only imagine what she left out. So, if we’re honest, we must understand that there may be […]