Really good intro for creating worldview categories. Love the distinctions he makes between structure and direction/reformation and revolution. ReallyReally good intro for creating worldview categories. Love the distinctions he makes between structure and direction/reformation and revolution. Really helpful. For anyone familiar with these discussions, much of it will be introduction (like his creation, fall redemption outline). But even still, he puts some helpful stakes in the ground that will sharpen our thinking.
He has a small tendency, it seems, towards transformationalism at times, but his conclusions aren't always necessary in order buy what he's selling. If I had the opportunity to rate this book 3 1/2, I would, but since I can't, I don't mind being generous. ...more
There are several reasons to love this book. Let me give a few:
1 - Bradley doesn’t critique simply the outward failures of Black Theology – its MarxisThere are several reasons to love this book. Let me give a few:
1 - Bradley doesn’t critique simply the outward failures of Black Theology – its Marxism, its failure to speak to contemporary economic realities of blacks in America, misguided biblical interpretations, etc – but he critiques the presuppositions of the movement. From the very beginning of the book, Bradley begins his critique by examining Black Theology in light historical Christian Orthodoxy. He begins with their doctrine God, Scripture, sin and human history. Make no mistake, Bradley’s argument is that Black Theology fails, not primarily because its does not deliver on what it promises, but because it is decidedly unbiblical and unchristian.
2 - Bradley doesn’t cover and critique the extremes examples of Black Theology. He explains the nuances in differing perspectives of Black Theology in the last thirty years and where evangelical Christians ought to be sympathetic. While he is narrow in his focus – primarily focussing his attention on James Cone and Cornel West – he gives the context and influences that inform the movement as a whole. The reader gains the vantage point of why certain authors and theologians say and write what they do, instead of simply gawking at their remarks.
3 - Because of the nature of Bradley’s critique (beginning with their unbiblical presuppositions), the reader is equipped to engage at a more than superficial level. He displays, convincingly, how other critiques of Black Theology have failed and sufficiently informs his readers how not to make the same mistakes.
I’m very grateful for Anthony Bradley’s unique book. Its a good lesson on how to not only to engage with Black and Liberation Theology, but with any theological system. Students and pastors should take note. This book deserves some significant attention....more
I do not exactly know what I was expecting when I picked up Vern Poythress’ new book In the Beginning was the Word. Anybody who has read Poythress befI do not exactly know what I was expecting when I picked up Vern Poythress’ new book In the Beginning was the Word. Anybody who has read Poythress before, whether it be a journal article, chapter contribution, or book learn to expect creativity and clarity from him. I have read him on topics ranging from gender, science, and exegesis and I have always found him profoundly insightful. Everything is written in light of how it relates to God as our Creator and us as his creatures, made in his image. Poythress thinks deeply about God, applying it to a range of topics.
This book is no different. However, I was taken back at the breadth of knowledge and insight Poythress seemed to contribute to the topic of language. Throughout each chapter, he proceeds with his topic with such savvy, interacting with issues as critical as linguistic theories to basic communication among spouses.
This book deserves a great deal of attention among seminary students and pastors. Pastors should read this book to enrich their own communication in preaching and evangelization. Pastors who are training young men to be faithful Gospel-centered preachers should get them this book to inform how they use and think about language to communicate the Gospel. Language, communication, and words are important and Vern Poythress relates them up - all the way up - to God. It is a God-centered approach, indeed....more
This is a really good book, despite its (in my opinion) failures. Leithart is a great writer. I find myself laughing out loud at some of his observatiThis is a really good book, despite its (in my opinion) failures. Leithart is a great writer. I find myself laughing out loud at some of his observations about postmodernity. He has a keen eye. He has a winsome way of connecting social habits to a Shakespeare or Oscar Wilde quote.
Leithart is sympathetic to Postmodernism, in that postmodernism realizes the limitation of our observations, abilities, and knowledge. As Solomon put it - everything is vapor (very postmodern of him). Leithart's response to Postmodernism is eschatological rather than epistemological. Both sides (Solomon and postmodernism) agree that knowledge is "provisional", its just that Solomon saw an end, "specifically to the eschatological dimension of biblical faith" and directs our hope to God.
My problem with Leithart is that his eschatological response falls short without the foundation of an epistemological response of divine revelation to divine image bearers. Leithart ends up arguing for postmoderns to believe in the Triune God in a way that Plato argued for the ancient greeks to believe in the Forms. Leithart is to Derrida as Plato is to Heraclitus!...more
Not a subject I am completely interested in, but it was really helpful to read. Carson applies a Biblical Theology to his solution to the problem of CNot a subject I am completely interested in, but it was really helpful to read. Carson applies a Biblical Theology to his solution to the problem of Christ and culture and his critique of Niebuhr. One of the best works dealing with the duties of a Church and a Christian....more