Incredible. I've been a fan of the Freakonomics Radio podcast for a number of years. I've watched the Freakonomics Movie twice. Now, I've finally readIncredible. I've been a fan of the Freakonomics Radio podcast for a number of years. I've watched the Freakonomics Movie twice. Now, I've finally read the book where it all began....more
One-ism vs. Two-ism. A consideration on two fundamental principles of worldview.
Two-ism presents a strong distinction between Creator (God, specificalOne-ism vs. Two-ism. A consideration on two fundamental principles of worldview.
Two-ism presents a strong distinction between Creator (God, specifically the God of the Bible) and Creation. Definitions on spirituality, sexuality, and the whole order of things are handed down to man by God.
One-ism, on the other hand, does not acknowledge a distinction between Creator and Creation. Creation is the highest authority and humans are the highest authors. Man gets to decide what spirituality, sexuality, and the direction of the world ought to take, and as such we see a consistent breakdown of definition (for example, the progression from strict heterosexuality to an unbridled pansexuality).
The most crucial piece of this book, so far as I'm concerned, was the author's linking 'One-ism' to the spiritual practices of pagan, pre-Christian eras. Specifically, Peter Jones analyzes the religious and sexual practices of a pagan Roman Empire and demonstrates how the lifestyles of the elite in those times directly reflect the progression of mores we see in today's culture wars.
All in all, I would highly recommend this read to anyone who needs a fresh perspective on the spiritual practices of the world we live in today. Though perhaps needing some further editing and a reprint, the content is quite timely....more
Accountability - A personal choice to rise above one's circumstances and demonstrate the ownership necessary for achieving desired results - to See ItAccountability - A personal choice to rise above one's circumstances and demonstrate the ownership necessary for achieving desired results - to See It, Own It, Solve It, and Do It.
This definition presents the backbone of The Oz Principle's philosophy which Roger Connors follows through to unpack. This book presents the fix to feelings of grumbling and victimization that we feel as employees, leaders, and other circumstances in which we pursue a desired outcome of some sort.
The approach laid out in this book presents a much-needed approach to our problems. Especially in today's society full of attitudes of entitlement, The Oz Principle aims to help us see over the mess and chart our own course....more
This was my first introduction to Russian literature. I decided to choose between this and War and Peace, a large work either way. With a little bacThis was my first introduction to Russian literature. I decided to choose between this and War and Peace, a large work either way. With a little background knowledge of the Russian language and culture, I expected to feel somewhat disconnected from this book. Several acquaintances of mine have tried to relay Russian idioms and Russian jokes. In every case they fall flat in the English. I wasn't surprised that the flow of the English text wasn't as engaging as I've found from Dostoyevsky's English & American contemporaries.
Nonetheless, the read was still quite the ride. Without giving a full synopsis of the plot, I will say that each character tends to represent a different piece of 19th Century Russian thought. Philosophies (Marxism, Socialism, Russian Orthodox Theology, and Freudian Psychology, to name a few) embed themselves in the rising conflict to add a unique depth to the work as a whole.
As each book progresses, the reader is introduced to a few different narratives whose plot lines draw from the same bank of characters. Each further explores the unique philosophical and social side of members of the family or of the community. As is mentioned elsewhere, this work was published as a series in The Russian Messenger. At times, these narratives feel as stand-alone stories, offering little to directly inform the main story (which, to be fair, isn't clearly revealed until the latter half of the novel).
The author does bring all of these together for a resolution. All of the disparate storytelling are not rabbit trails but contributions to the larger story. However, I found the final resolution somewhat disappointing. The author puts such depth and detail into his work, that I was surprised the final moments were not more substantial. (I may - I observe - be once again judging the story according to my expectations as an American reader. It's possible that a Russian reader would find the resolution more impressive and satisfying than I did.)
For the reader looking for an introduction to Russian literature, this would be a solid choice. For the casual reader, I believe there are better, more approachable choices from the Russian library. For those looking to this as a thematically Christian novel, I would advise to look elsewhere. Christianity (or more specifically Russian Orthodoxy) plays a central role, but nothing like readers are used to from C.S. Lewis or Randy Alcorn. ...more
A worldview-level consideration of creativity, particularly of story, and it's place within a theological framework. Barrs is obviously a prolific reaA worldview-level consideration of creativity, particularly of story, and it's place within a theological framework. Barrs is obviously a prolific reader of great fiction and an aficionado of all high art forms. In the first chapters, he lays out that it's an artist's resonance with God's story of redemption that finds their work hitting home so deeply with readers, views, and listeners.
The most noteworthy section, in my view, is Barrs' treatment of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. Most notably, he addresses the concerns and objections given by many Christians in the United States that the series in particular ought to be banned from Christian households and schools. Barr patiently addresses the most prominent concerns, one by one, and makes a strong case that these books ought to be read and enjoyed by both believers and unbelievers....more
As a former student of Rigney's, I've heard elemenAn incredible journey back through some of the most memorable scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia.
As a former student of Rigney's, I've heard elements from his Narnian worldview creep into all sorts of discipleship discussions. I cannot recount how many times I, as a young man, was encouraged to be "first in, last out, laughing loudest." Now I see the direct connection of that piece to King Lune as well as countless other details all intertwined with Rigney's thorough-going biblical worldview.
I was particularly moved by Rigney's patient connection of the stories of Narnia to C.S. Lewis' own life story. Every author leaves a little of themselves in their works, and to have Rigney unpack these connections made the Chronicles that much sweeter for me.
The last part of the book features a short Q&A between the fictional Faun Tumnus and the author. In this section, Rigney suggests two things with which I wholly agree: 1) the books ought to be read in publication order (as I recently did, and the experience was tremendously enhanced because of it), and 2) the movies do not capture Lewis' theological vision for the story or its characters, adopting modern American values and attitudes to which Lewis himself objected....more
I can't believe I hadn't read this until I was in my mid-twenties.
Incredible, through and through. Lewis's imagination and theology team up for a trulI can't believe I hadn't read this until I was in my mid-twenties.
Incredible, through and through. Lewis's imagination and theology team up for a truly amazing story, complete with a thorough introduction to English manners by the time you've finished the series.
I read each installment in publication order. I would highly recommend other new readers do the same, as Lewis's plot twists and turns work much better when he deals with what his audience does and doesn't know (as he would have controlled when the books were not yet completed).
Lewis put in a few theologically controversial bits in the last chapters of the last book in the series. As his last book, I suppose there's no more fitting place - since readers have no future books to put down if they object. Bits to chew on.
This edition also included Lewis' essay 'On Three Ways of Writing for Children.' Like watching the extra features on a DVD, this was a wonderful look into the mind of the author, displaying why he wrote the way he did....more