Book Reviews

Review: God, Technology, and the Christian Life

"many Christians get hung up on the most powerful technologists in the world who are inventing the most threatening innovation on earth.... Reckoning with God’s power over big tech is essential for many Christians who must resolve this obstacle before they can see and worship God for the tens of thousands of innovations they use every day.” - Ref21

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Review – Natural Theology: A Biblical and Historical Introduction and Defense

"Natural theologians believe that the book of nature reveals to human reason aspects of the divine creator that point to the one true God, while freely confessing that only the book of scripture reveals to human faith the gospel by which alone we can be saved." - Ref21

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Review - The Power Broker: Robert Moses and the Fall of New York by Robert A. Caro

"Power is not a bad thing. It is not a neutral thing, either. It is, first, in the Christian view, a good thing, a God-created thing.... Without power, there will be no glorious eternal reign of the one to whom all power on heaven and on earth will be given. Power brings good to others." - Mark Ward

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A Review of A Short History of Christian Zionism by Donald M. Lewis

"Lewis lacks sympathy for his subjects, but perhaps more to the point he applies a sociological lens instead of a theological one....he fails to understand the Christians who support a Jewish homeland because he fails to understand them theologically." - DBTS

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Some Thoughts on Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Brothers Karamazov

Well, I finally did it. I read Dostoevsky. It wasn’t a joyride, so I don’t think I’ll pick up Crime and Punishment anytime soon. After chewing through a meal like Karamazov, I’m doing dessert reading for a while (the book equivalent of Concrete Mixers from Culvers—minimally nutritious, over too soon, but yummy and chunky).

What follows is pretty much thrown together. These are fresh impressions from having just finished the book. They’re also “fresh” in the sense of untainted by much background knowledge. (This is a way of saying “ignorant.” I’m not humblebragging. It’s context for some of my speculations below.) Before reading The Brothers Karamazov I knew only this as background:

  • Fyodor Dostoevsky (hereafter, FD) is famous.
  • Brothers Karamzov (BK) is a long (!) Russian novel nobody reads for fun.
  • You have to read a translation.
  • Several Christian writers over the years have alluded to portions of the novel in ways that intrigued me and helped get the title onto my “read someday” list.

I think I was vaguely aware that FD was 19th century but I looked that, and several other things, up while my reading of the novel was in progress. (He died in 1881).

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