G.K. Chesterton, “Tremendous Trifles”

I checked out this book after reading a convincing recommendation of it by a young online pundit — and I’m glad I did.  The whole book is online here: https://www.gutenberg.org/files/8092/8092-h/8092-h.htm#link2H_4_0012 G.K. Chesterton is, of course, an important Christian writer and apologist, his writings influencing, among others, C.S. Lewis.  Now, this particular book is simply a … [Read more…]

Two “Old” Books: “Resurrection” by Leo Tolstoy and “The Naked Public Square: Religion and Democracy in America” by Richard John Neuhaus

C.S. Lewis wrote, “It is a good rule, after reading a new book, never to allow yourself another new one till you have read an old one in between.”  And if you’re looking for an old book, I just finished reading two that I’m happy to recommend.  I hasten to add that neither of them would … [Read more…]

R.C. Sproul, “The Holiness of God”

R.C. Sproul is an important American Reformed theologian, and John Piper calls this book a “classic.”  One fan of Dr. Sproul told me that a great value of this book is that the holiness of God reminds us how unholy we are.  Along those lines, I noted, “Fear, discomfort, other-ness:  That and not simple adoration … [Read more…]

Peter Kreeft, “Between Heaven and Hell: A Dialog Somewhere beyond Death with John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis & Aldous Huxley”

I read about this book in a number of different places, but in particular I had saved this description (128, footnote omitted) of it from George M. Marsden’s Mere Christianity:  A Biography (discussed here on this blogsite): One commentator refers to [Kreeft] as “perhaps the most lucid and prolific Catholic apologist in the English-speaking world.”  Kreeft’s … [Read more…]

N.T. Wright & Michael F. Bird, “The New Testament in Its World: An Introduction to the History, Literature, and Theology of the First Christians”

This is a great big book:  889 pages, plus another 96 pages of bibliography and indices.   Amusingly, the interlibrary loan slip accompanying the book had handwritten on it, “* Caution:  heavy*.” The length and scope of this book require that I begin this blogpost by spending some time simply describing just what the book … [Read more…]

Malcolm Muggeridge, “A Third Testament”

This excellent 1976 book by Malcolm Muggeridge is a little over 200 pages long (no index or footnotes) and lavishly illustrated, with all of the color illustrations being works by William Blake. There was a television series by the same name, produced in association with Time-Life Films and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation among others, and … [Read more…]

Peter Kreeft & Ronald K. Tacelli, “Handbook of Christian Apologetics”

This book, published by InterVarsity Press, was written in 1994 by two Catholic philosophy professors at Boston College. I hasten to add that the arguments made here should be welcomed by all Christians, not just Catholics, and indeed the first chapter says explicitly that the book embraces “mere Christianity” (12, 24-25). It is is a … [Read more…]