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Ancient Greece: From Prehistoric to Hellenistic Times
Solid overview but with no substantial thesis. Martin focuses on the plight of the common man, women, and slaves whose existence changed little from d...more
Sep 23, 2010
Sep 23, 2010
Aristotle says that the exercise of any capacity brings pleasure. Poetry is language made pleasurable in verse form. Aristotle distinguishes the poeti...more
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Feb 02, 2011
The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind
The Puritans who settled Massachusetts combined heart-felt devotion to Christ with a love of theology. They practiced a vigorous intellectual life cen...more
Jan 2009
Jan 01, 2010
The Eclipse of Biblical Narrative: A Study in Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century Hermeneutics
A very important book with a really bad thesis. Argues that the narrative or the biblical story is self-containing. Stay in the story and don't expect...more
Jan 2002
Jan 21, 2009
From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics, and Racism in Germany
Weikart argues that Darwinism isn't a sufficient but a necessary condition for the holocaust. Genetic variation means some are biologically inferior t...more
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Aug 12, 2014
The Scarlet Letter
Hester Prynne tells Dimmesdale that what we did had "a consecration of its own." Dimmesdale laments his adultery but withholds his confession. He deci...more
Jan 1988
Sep 05, 2009
Desiring the Kingdom: Worship, Worldview, and Cultural Formation
James K. A. Smith’s Desiring the Kingdom lays siege to the church’s current approach to worldview training. He says our current fascination with world...more
Jun 2011
Jun 15, 2011
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
A well-written creeper! Also a brilliant critique of the human condition and the scientific quest to perfect it. Henry Jekyll is tempted to lead a dou...more
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Feb 15, 2009
Luther's Works, 33: Career of the Reformer III (Luther's Works)
Unvarnished Augustinianism! And this one is the best translation by far.
Jan 1996
Jan 28, 2009
Iron West
Sasquatch and Nessy appear in the same wild west story. Lots of fun!
Jan 2007
Feb 03, 2009
History: A Very Short Introduction
Arnold gives a good practical guide with concrete examples, demonstrating the joy of historical discovery and reliable reconstruction of the past. He...more
Aug 29, 2009
Aug 28, 2009
The Forgotten Man: A New History of the Great Depression
Shlaes uses William Graham Sumner's "forgotten man" to expose the problems with FDR's New Deal. To paraphrase Sumner, A sees the plight of X and says...more
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Mar 25, 2011
Defending Constantine: The Twilight of an Empire and the Dawn of Christendom
Americans tend to assume that we cannot have religious freedom without a separation of church and state. But Leithart shows that Constantine created t...more
Aug 2011
Oct 04, 2011
Paris 1919: Six Months That Changed the World
Good read about the wrap up of WWI. MacMillan tries to revise the accepted wisdom that the Allies botched the peace, which lead directly to the second...more
Mar 2011
Mar 20, 2011
Amazing Grace
Wilberforce is the embodiment of Chesterton's quip, "The only thing to be done with the ideal is to do it." Wilberforce and his group not only brought...more
Nov 2013
Dec 17, 2013
Historians' Fallacies: Toward a Logic of Historical Thought
Great critical thinking when it comes to historiography. The logic chopping is a little pedantic at times but the overall affect is greater clarity on...more
Dec 2009
Jan 07, 2010
The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis
Jacobs shows how Lewis's imagination saved him from rationalism, and thank God it did. If the Great Knock had shaped Lewis more than G. K. Chesterton...more
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Nov 16, 2012
Classic distopia. The government wants total control. Since reality exists only in the mind, the government hijacks reality through mind control. News...more
Apr 11, 2010
Apr 11, 2010
Toward a Sure Faith: J. Gresham Machen and the Dilemma of Biblical Criticism, 1881-1915
Well written and insightful account of Machen's struggle with doubt posed by historicism and higher criticism of the Bible. Chrisope deftly tracks Mac...more
Sep 2009
Nov 17, 2009
The Baptized Body
Argues the radical thesis that, in the New Testament, baptism means baptism, and that baptism does everything attributed to it. Why didn't someone in...more
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Apr 11, 2009
A monster tries his hand at philosophy. He doesn't remember how he learned to speak the language of the Danes, but he also seems to have read Nietzsch...more
Aug 14, 2009
Aug 14, 2009
Being Consumed: Economics and Christian Desire
Cavanaugh argues that globalism is a counterfeit of the church. Consumerism is the worldview that drives the structures of globalism and it is a direc...more
Oct 2010
Oct 23, 2010
The Complete Stories
O'Connor is literary "shock and awe" in the best sense of the metaphor. She pitted herself against what she called "pious trash." She is also one of t...more
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Jun 02, 2010
Jack's Life: The Life Story Of C.S. Lewis
Not as good as Gresham's autobiography Lenten Lands, which has much more about Gresham's relationship with C. S. Lewis, his stepfather. In this work,...more
Dec 26, 2011
Dec 29, 2011
Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation
Founding Brothers by Joseph Ellis is lively, well-written book, which argues that the founders succeeded not because they liked each other or got alon...more
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Oct 07, 2011
That Noble Dream: The 'Objectivity Question' and the American Historical Profession
Novick gives a fantastic analysis of the changing views on the questions of objectivity and subjectivity in American historiography. How Novick, a Eur...more
Nov 2009
Nov 13, 2009
Good cat and mouse spy novel.
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Jan 18, 2009
Pride and Prejudice
Superb characterization and a great critique of the follow-your-heart Romanticism.
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Jan 18, 2009
1831: Year of Eclipse
Start with a solar eclipse, add Nat Turner's slave Rebellion, Charles Finney's revivals, de Tocqueville's travels, the Trail of Tears, nullification d...more
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Nov 05, 2011
Against Christianity
Christianity has become the label for the church marginalized by the modern secular state. So Leithart is against Christianity. Leithart calls the chu...more
Sep 08, 2010
Sep 08, 2010
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