Excellent introduction to the basics of textual criticism. Doesn't go too deep into the issues, but includes plenty to highlight the importance of the...moreExcellent introduction to the basics of textual criticism. Doesn't go too deep into the issues, but includes plenty to highlight the importance of the topic and the basics of how it's done. (less)
"For the first time ever, a respected evolutionary biologist shows how the biblical story of Genesis reflects scientific truths that were only recentl...more"For the first time ever, a respected evolutionary biologist shows how the biblical story of Genesis reflects scientific truths that were only recently discovered – and finds room for divine inspiration at the center of this enigma."
~From the inside flap
Andrew Parker is a well-known and respected scientist. His knowledge of evolution and the Big Bang is extremely impressive, and in his new book, The Genesis Enigma, Parker attempts to show how a metaphorical reading of Genesis 1 actually has numerous parallels to the scientific understanding of world. Eventually, Parker posits some views on how science and religion can coexist, finding room for God to fit within the boundaries laid out by scientific thought.
In theory (no pun intended), this was an interesting idea for a book. The “Battle over the Beginning” has been fought for years, and I was mildly interested to read a book that claimed to find a middle ground. What I found this book to be instead was a science textbook that explains the origins of the universe from the Big Bang on, then uses some extremely questionable exegesis to say that the Bible agrees with the science. I say questionable because, for example, connecting the mention of “lights” in Genesis 1:14 to the development of sight was very unconvincing. What you basically have is a scientific history book (both of the earth and the scientists who developed the theories behind evolution) with a few theological claims tacked onto the end.
Two things were exceedingly evident to me as I read this book: 1) Parker has an immense knowledge of science and can explain complex theories quite well. 2) He is not a theologian and does not understand the theological implications of most of his claims as he attempts to reconcile religion and science. He clearly doesn’t believe the Bible is God’s Word, and he just doesn’t seem to understand why Christians would have a hard time with even the claim that God just created the energy for the Big Bang and then stepped back to watch. Even a cursory reading of the whole of scripture, however, reveals that God is intimately engaged in this world that he created. Additionally, I kept coming back to this as I read Parker’s claims: If God didn’t personally create us, forget Him. He would have no claim on us, no right to enforce a moral law on us, and the need for Jesus to redeem us from our rebellion against that law and God would disappear. Christianity falls if God is not our Creator (See Romans 5).
Throughout the entire book, there were numerous moments where Parker was forced to admit that science has no answer to something (i.e. Where did the energy for the Big Band come from? Why do animals reproduce at all? Why does religion exist at all if it serves no evolutionary function?). In the final chapter of the book, Parker addresses many of these questions to get to his claim that there is “room for God” within a scientific understanding. The problem with this is that the God Parker arrives at in his understanding (sort of, he seems mostly agnostic) doesn’t resemble the God presented in the Bible at all. As I said, Parker doesn’t seem to have a problem with this, but Christians will.
That’s why I’m not exactly sure of his audience for this book. Christians will clearly see that he’s pulling the foundation away from all of Christianity, and non-religious people will likely not care whatsoever that Genesis can be metaphorically interpreted to somewhat match up to science. Parker doesn’t aim at reconciling science with God (consistent with Christianity), he just wants to reconcile it with the possibility of a god.
I enjoyed reading parts of this book simply to get a good summary of what science says about the earth’s origins, but that’s really all. In terms of thinking through how to reconcile that science with Christianity, there’s nothing very new or helpful here.(less)
I really enjoy reading books by younger Christians. Don’t get me wrong, I love John Piper. I read R.C. Sproul, D.A. Carson, and many others. Men like...moreI really enjoy reading books by younger Christians. Don’t get me wrong, I love John Piper. I read R.C. Sproul, D.A. Carson, and many others. Men like these have been extremely influential in my theological and spiritual growth. It’s nice, however, every now and then, to read something by a younger Christian, someone who has a similar perspective to me about things, someone who can articulate many of the same thoughts I have about living out faith in Christ in our current context.
That’s why I enjoyed Chris Tomlinson’s Crave: Wanting So Much More of God so much. Tomlinson isn’t a pastor or theologian. He’s a businessman. His stories aren’t all about fighting big battles for the Lord and accomplishing giant things for Him (though like me, he wants to do those things). Instead, they’re about things like struggling to be fervent in prayer, obedient in action, and vulnerable in evangelism. Yes, Tomlinson has done some pretty cool things and been a lot of places, but his descriptions of his walk with the Lord seemed extremely familiar for me. I’m guessing it will for many of you as well.
Told in large part through stories, Tomlinson discusses a series of areas of the Christian life (Habit, Silence, Rules, Hunger, Suffering, Joy, among others). Written with some of the straightforwardness and transparency of what you’d typically get from a blog, most of the chapters begin with a story from his life that deals in some way with the topic. For example, in “Habit,” he described trying to use sticky notes to remind himself to pray for 21 days straight to make it a habit. This leads to discussion about what he learned from the experience and how he’s grown (and still learning) in that area.
One thing I really enjoyed about the book is that Tomlinson’s brutally honest about himself and his motives in the different situations. He explains, for example, why he doesn’t really want to talk to the girl next to him on the plane that seems to really need it. He articulates the struggles each of us face as we try to walk faithfully. It’s extremely encouraging, actually. I think that’s what I came away from the book with the most: encouraged. The Christian life isn’t easy; sanctification isn’t instant. We all spend our lives trying to “figure it out.” Tomlinson doesn’t pretend to have figured anything out, but he has learned enough to encourage others.
Theologically, there are clear influences from men such as John Piper, which is probably part of why I identified with his stories so much. He’s trying to live out practically the things he knows to be true theologically about God and who we are in Christ. This is what I try to do every day. I felt a connection to him through this. God is glorified when we do this, even though we constantly fail. In many ways, this is the book I wish I'd written.
If you’ve tried all kinds of different methods to stoke your fire for God, or have settled into a comfortable Christian lifestyle that demands little of you, you should probably read this book. It will challenge and encourage you to pursue God in all of your life.(less)
A little dense and academic at times, especially in the historical and hermeneutical discussions, but these sections are still really good and the boo...moreA little dense and academic at times, especially in the historical and hermeneutical discussions, but these sections are still really good and the book overall is fantastic. Made me love and want to read the gospels more and better.(less)
A lot of books have been written about idolatry lately. Many Christians are re-discovering Martin Luther’s idea about not being able to break any of t...moreA lot of books have been written about idolatry lately. Many Christians are re-discovering Martin Luther’s idea about not being able to break any of the commandments without initially breaking the first and second. There is sound, biblical truth in these sentiments, and I’m glad that writers like Timothy Keller (Counterfeit Gods) and others have used their talents to practically apply this truth to our context in the 21st century. Add to that list Trevin Wax. His new book, Holy Subversion, is a potent yet practical look at how to address the different idols in our lives.
What does Wax mean by “subversion”? He operates with this definition: “pushing something back down into its proper place” (26). He compares our time to ancient Rome when Ceasar was declared to be divine and how Christians “subverted” this by refusing to attribute allegiance to him that only God and Christ deserve. He basically sums up the intentions of the book as such then: “[Our] job as Christians is to first identify and unmask some of the more insidious ‘Ceasars’ that seek to muzzle our message and demand our allegiance. Then, we must think through specific ways in which the church can counter our culture by subverting its prevailing idolatries and pushing them back to their rightful place, under the feet of Jesus” (27).
Wax tackles specific “Ceasars” that tend to take precedence in our lives today (success, money, leisure, sex, power) and shows how to keep them in their proper places in our lives. Avoiding legalistic demands on one hand and liberal license on the other, he weaves through the issues, deftly applying biblical truths to real life.
My favorite chapter, the first after the introductory chapter, was on the subverting of the self. Like breaking the first commandments, all other idolatries tend to involve placing ourselves (our wants, desires, pleasures) above God. Using a “walk through Ephesians,” Wax dismantles our pride by showing God’s sovereignty in our salvation and our utter helplessness before Him. The progression of thought, then, from this chapter to the others makes perfect sense, finally ending with a chapter on evangelism and how living this way will influence that.
This short (150 pages) and fairly easy read was highly enjoyable for me. It’s packed with Scriptural truth yet connected intimately to our lives. In a world that makes constant demands on us for our time, resources, and attention, we need to be careful what we’re worshipping with those things. We Christians tend to be almost indistinguishable from non-believers a lot of the time in how we live our lives. By subverting the idols our culture wants us to have, we show others that Christ is of highest value. He’s the only one truly worthy of our worship.(less)
The gospel seems very simple. We are saved by grace, through faith, in Christ’s death on the cross for our sins. What does it mean to be saved “by fai...moreThe gospel seems very simple. We are saved by grace, through faith, in Christ’s death on the cross for our sins. What does it mean to be saved “by faith,” though, and why is it so easy to distort practically in our lives into legalistic, pride-building law-keeping? We’re saved by faith, so why do we go back to the law, inadvertently communicating to the world that to be a Christian means to follow all the Bible’s rules so God will approve of us?
Those are essentially the questions that the book of Galatians in the Bible answers, and these and other questions are answered well through Josh Moody’s new book, No Other Gospel: 31 Reasons from Galatians Why Justification by Faith Alone is the Only Gospel. The book is based Moody’s expositional sermons through the book in his Wheaton, IL church.
This book actually took me a while to warm up to. I’m not sure what exactly it is about Moody’s writing style, but the first 100 pages or so felt a little disjointed at times to me. The points were helpful, but the arguments in each chapter didn’t seem to always flow perfectly and sometimes a point just jumped out of nowhere to me. I’m not sure if that reflects more on my attention through those pages or not because by the latter half of the book, I was really enjoying and being edified by this book. It’s extremely relevant to our everyday lives.
Although I’ve read it numerous times, I’ve never done a thorough, in-depth study of Galatians, and reading this book is basically that. It’s not a commentary, but its close. Moody walks through the book, with each chapter tackling a few verses of Paul’s indictment of law-keeping as a way to be justified before God. I found Moody’s exegesis of the scriptures very helpful, and his applications were always spot on. His pastor’s heart comes out in many places as well.
Legalism is still alive and thriving today, even within the Protestant Church that would heatedly argue that we are saved by faith alone through grace alone. The legalism we fall into is subtle, as was the kind that had crept into the Galatian Church to which Paul was writing. Our fallen human minds, driven by pride and wanting to control our own salvation, are prone to fall into legalism and moralism, regardless of our attempts to do otherwise, which is why I loved digging into Galatians so much. This book was very helpful in my own Christian walk as I try to fight against those tendencies, and I think most believers would be very helped by it as well.(less)
I’m not a Donald Miller fan-boy. Let’s just make that clear and get it out of the way.
Despite being a not-entirely-un-trendy Christian man in his twen...moreI’m not a Donald Miller fan-boy. Let’s just make that clear and get it out of the way.
Despite being a not-entirely-un-trendy Christian man in his twenties, I never read Blue Like Jazz. In fact, the only Donald Miller book I had encountered was Searching For God Knows What, which I quit halfway through (which I almost never do). I guess I saw why some people were drawn to his writing, but I just didn’t connect. At all.
Then, I read his new book, A Million Miles in a Thousand Years.
You should see the looks on the faces of my friends when I tell them how good this book is. I’m not the guy you’d expect to think a Donald Miller book is good. And it’s very good. So good I honestly feel inadequate to write a review of it. I haven’t been so emotionally moved by a work on non-fiction in a long time. I almost feel like I’m going to take away from the experience by trying to put it into words, which will inevitably miss capturing the soul of it.
Here goes anyway.
The premise of the book is simple. Miller has some filmmakers interested in making a movie about his life based on an earlier book he wrote. During the process, Miller studies stories, what makes them good, how to write good characters, how to make audiences care. And he comes to a discovery: He doesn’t have a great story to tell.
From there we follow as Miller sets off to write a better story for himself, creating “inciting incidents” for himself and “pointing to the horizon” and actually going there. Written mostly in narrative form, Miller recounts the tales of those he encounters as he writes his own stories. This is all held together within the framework of the idea of “story,” as Miller explores the different elements in real-time.
Fighting his own tendencies towards complacency, Miller decides to track down his absentee father, hike the Inca Trail in Peru, ride his bike across the country (literally), and start a mentoring program to help young kids who have no fathers. Miller states, “We don’t want to be characters in a story because characters have to move and breathe and face conflict with courage. And if life isn’t remarkable, then we don’t have to do any of that; we can be unwilling victims rather than grateful participants.”
And it's not just the things he does, it's the people he meets. It's clearly the relationships that make the story great.
The book is full of stories that will inspire you to truly live life, not simply exist in it. The book isn’t a self-help book, but it will help you immensely and give you a picture for what life can be, if we are only willing to step into the stories God has for us. It involves risks, yes, but that’s what makes the stories worth caring about. It’s what makes us sit on the edge of our seats, wondering if the protagonist will accomplish what he set out to do. It’s what makes us give ourselves permission to feel.
If you’re the kind of person who finds this mushy and naïve, that’s fine. I have plenty of moments where I feel cynical and pessimistic. But I didn’t feel that way while reading this book. I don’t want to feel that way in life. This book isn't a rah-rah speech to motivate you or your typical Christian book of empty platitudes; it's an articulation of a worldview that trusts God and forces us to truly engage His world. Miller states, “Before I learned about story, I was becoming a fatalist. I was starting to believe you couldn’t feel meaning in life because there wasn’t any meaning to be found. But I don’t believe that anymore.”
A little dry in some places, but overall, a very good summary of the Old Testament books. The authors do a good job of summarizing the text and the ke...moreA little dry in some places, but overall, a very good summary of the Old Testament books. The authors do a good job of summarizing the text and the key themes without simply walking through each book. (less)
The concept of preaching the gospel to yourself is an important one, and one I’ve been hearing articulated a lot more recently. Christians talk a lot...moreThe concept of preaching the gospel to yourself is an important one, and one I’ve been hearing articulated a lot more recently. Christians talk a lot about sermons, evangelism, and other important topics relating to communicating the gospel to others, but we also need to remind ourselves of the truths we say we believe regularly. I’m big on saying we shouldn’t “assume the gospel.” We shouldn’t assume people understand the gospel and move onto “more important doctrines,” and I think that concept applies to ourselves as well. Our daily actions and thought-lives shouldn’t assume the truths of the gospel; we need to consciously remind ourselves.
Joe Thorn’s new book, Note to Self, contains a lot of great examples of how to do just that. Written from a first-person perspective to himself, Thorn tackles all kinds of extremely practical topics and situations as he reminds himself of how the gospel applies to everything in life. Each “chapter” includes some scripture that triggers the thoughts discussed over the next 2 pages. The end result is a collection of 48 “notes” that are great nuggets of truth to meditate on themselves, but also help readers to see how to take God’s Word and work through the practical applications on their own.
I appreciated this book for 2 main reasons. First, it places a significant importance on Scripture. Every note is based thoroughly in scripture. Things get very practical, but every thought finds its foundation in what God has said about himself, us, and the world in which we live. Second, Thorn has a laser-focus on the gospel of Jesus Christ and the fact that we’re saved by faith alone. He discusses the importance of the law and aspects of God’s justice, but he never lets up on reminding himself that salvation isn’t dependent on works. He exhorts himself to good works; the motivation is never condemnation. This is an important balance to get right, and it’s an important distinction for believers to understand as they “preach” to themselves.
My only real criticism of the book (and I don’t really consider it a criticism), is that the chapters are so short and self-contained, that reading the book in one sitting like I did isn’t nearly as helpful. I plan to come back to this book for use as a devotional because there is too much to think upon in each note to fly through like I did. Unfortunately, the only chance I had to read the book was on a flight during a business trip, so I feel like I probably missed a lot of wisdom that requires more thought than I could give it.
Here’s my takeaway: Read this book. Read it slowly. Learn how to take God’s Word, internalize it, clarify it to yourself, swim in it, wrestle with it, and come out drenched with the gospel of Jesus. Don’t “assume the gospel” in your daily life and live on auto-pilot. Force the truth of the Bible into your heart. This book is a great example of how to do that.(less)
Right up front, let me say this: I was rocked by David Platt’s new book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream more than any other bo...moreRight up front, let me say this: I was rocked by David Platt’s new book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith From the American Dream more than any other book I’ve read in recent years. There’s very little that most believers don’t already know, but Platt refuses to allow you to ignore that gnawing feeling in your stomach that tells you you’re missing what God’s called you to. It made me uncomfortable, challenged my thoughts and beliefs about how I’m living my life, and inspired me to more. He’s biblical, straightforward, brutally honest, and writes powerful narrative when describing stories as he sets out to discover what Jesus really taught to first century followers.
What exactly does it mean to be a “follower of Jesus?” A lot of people seem to prefer that term these days over “Christian,” a word they feel is filled with negative connotations. But what does it even mean to “follow Jesus?” What part of his teaching are we referring to when we say that? As well-intentioned as some might be, I can’t help but feel like there’s a disconnect between the teachings of Jesus in the Bible and what we see lived out today by those who claim his name (myself very much included).
Have you ever felt that way? Like when you read Jesus tell people to sell everything they have and give it to the poor. Obviously he’s not asking us to actually do that…right? And that business about taking up a cross to follow him. He didn’t really mean that following him would be the same as carrying the instrument of your own torture to your death, did he? These are the kinds of questions Platt delves into in Radical.
I’ve already seen some comparison to books like John Piper’s Don’t Waste Your Life or Francis Chan’s Crazy Love, but this felt different to me. Maybe it says more about where I am and what I feel God’s doing in my life, but I was staggered by the juxtaposition of Platt’s vision of the Christian life versus my own life. His narrative just feels closer to the narrative I hear when I read the Bible than just about anything I’ve ever read. Platt uses examples from scripture, from the church he pastors, and from Church history to show the great lengths God calls people to go to in following Him. His passion for evangelizing the lost, both locally and abroad, is contagious and inspiring. His biblical exegesis is fantastic, and his no-punches-pulled style really connected with me.
My favorite chapter was entitled “The Great Why of God,” where Platt paints the vision of God’s global purpose of bringing people from all nations to Himself for His glory. Platt states that every believer owes the gospel to every non-believer this side of Hell. I was also very inspired by stories of new believers so hungry for God’s word that they studied literally for days on end in an attempt to know God. When contrasted with my meager attempts at a “quiet time” of reading the Bible for 15 minutes, it’s ridiculous.
At the end of the book, Platt issues a year-long “Radical Challenge” that includes these 5 steps:
1. To pray for the entire world. 2. To read through the entire Word. 3. To sacrifice your money for a specific purpose. 4. To give your time in another context. 5. To commit your life to a multiplying community.
They sound very simple, but in the context of the book, they become powerful and look like the life Jesus seems to call us to in the Bible.
In America, we’ve settled for taking the gospel and the teachings of Jesus and spinning them into a formula for a good, middle-class life and a ticket to heaven. Jesus is worth so much more than that. When he says we should sell everything we own, we should hear that and examine if we really value him that much. Is he really better? Is he really worth your life? Radical has ignited a passion in me to want to answer those questions whole-heartedly in the affirmative.(less)
David Platt came basically out of nowhere with his first book, the New York Times Best-Selling Radical. His themes of abandonment to Christ and calls...moreDavid Platt came basically out of nowhere with his first book, the New York Times Best-Selling Radical. His themes of abandonment to Christ and calls for serving God is any ways possible connected with people across most demarcations we could use to describe them. As many people’s “American Dream” (i.e. 401k, large home, etc.) crumbled around them, the call to a larger purpose that rejected living for those things seemed to resonate with many.
Now, Platt has followed up that book with Radical Together, intended to help people live out the vision cast in Radical within the context of the church. What does it look like for a congregation to really be “radical”? How can church leaders guide their people in serving others? What does it really look like to live a life of all-out relinquishment of self and submission to God’s call on our lives?
I hadn’t heard of Platt before his first book, but I gave a very positive review to Radical (it actually ended up being quoted in the reviews section at the front of this book). I was motivated by Radical to re-examine my life, values, and goals for what I wanted my life to look like. I enjoyed the book, operating on what I’ll call “the assumption of the gospel.” I know that I’m saved by faith alone by grace alone by the work of Christ alone and that nothing I do for God earns me anything. I filtered everything said in the book through that lens. It wasn’t until my wife read the book that I noticed how much of what Platt said could be taken, and how it could feel so burdensome to people. It can sound like works-righteousness, like you can never measure up, be “radical” enough, and that God is continually disappointed by your life and your ability to live a blessed life while others perish from lack.
Platt doesn’t believe that. But I do think he assumed others knew that when writing Radical at times. I assumed that. I think lots of churches assume the gospel a lot. The result is sermons that provide numerous practical ways to serve God and/or live moral lives, but never mention the imputed righteousness of Christ the enables us to serve. People might feel motivated to obey, but when they fail (as we will), they feel guilty. That’s not the gospel.
With this in mind, I was so happy to see Platt give a full chapter to “The Gospel Misunderstood” where he explicitly writes to people who read Radical and came away with a low-level guilt that condemned and paralyzed them. He makes it clear that Christ saves us from work and to work. As he states, only Jesus was “radical enough.” He gets the indicatives and the imperatives right and explicit here. We serve in response to grace and salvation, not to earn it. This is vital and without it, everything else said in the book would just be more weight around weary sinners’ necks. With it, we can be empowered to live lives that glorify God and serve others in response to the grace of Christ.
Like Radical, Radical Together is full of stories from Platt’s church (and others who have shared stories in response to the first book) of people responding to the gospel by doing amazing things for God. He lays the groundwork for discussions within churches by simply asking questions about budgets, programs, missions trips, etc. He doesn’t condemn many things churches do, he just points out that we need to be willing to ask the questions. Is that program really the best use of the resources God has provided? It might be, but are you willing to seek God’s answer?
In many ways, Radical Together is very similar to the first book, just taking a more macro view. I think Platt learned from the feedback he received and didn’t assume the gospel this time around. This book is a great resource for church leaders looking to glorify God with their churches, and it’s a must read for anyone who came away from Radical feeling condemned and not inspired. Platt is a fantastic, humble, gospel-driven, young pastor who is still learning and is a much needed voice in American evangelicalism today.(less)
Life is fraught with uncertainty, seemingly now more than ever. For many, this uncertainty leads to fear. We fear the unknowns in the economy and worr...moreLife is fraught with uncertainty, seemingly now more than ever. For many, this uncertainty leads to fear. We fear the unknowns in the economy and worry about having enough money or keeping our jobs. We fear the unknowns in parenthood, and worry about the safety and character of our children. Turn on the news, and you’re bombarded with reports designed to heighten your fear and keep you tuning in. What is the Christian response to all of this? Max Lucado’s timely book, Fearless: Imagine Your Life Without Fear seeks to answer this question. With chapters designed around specific fears (insignificance, raising children, money, violence, even death), Lucado utilizes scripture, along with a vast amount of anecdotal stories, to communicate the Christian worldview’s response to fear.
This is one of the best-timed books I’ve seen. News outlets, politicians, marketers, and others all seem to have decided that scare tactics are the best way to get people’s attention and get them to listen. Additionally, the world itself can be a difficult place, with natural disasters, disease, abuse, and other perilous situations. Fear has become a normal part of life, but Lucado reminds us that Jesus commanded his disciples not to fear over and over again. Fear is not necessarily a sin, but it does signal a lack of trust.
I’ll admit this is the first Max Lucado book I’ve read. I’ve avoided them like I avoid pop music. If it’s popular, I don’t want it. Lucado’s success, with Christian bookstores plastering his books across entire walls, indicated to me that he must be very surface level, and while Fearless is not a theological treatise on the issue of fear, Lucado is dead on in his assessment of the sources of and antidotes to it. Yes, his anecdotes are corny at times, and yes, this book is clearly written for the masses, but that doesn’t make it wrong. Time after time, Lucado counters our fears with the person and work of Jesus, the sovereignty and character of God, and faith in both.
Lucado is a good writer as well. He writes with a pastor’s heart. He’s charming, weaving humor and poignant stories together in well-constructed chapters. The book is enjoyable. He does tie the bow on each issue a little too cleanly, as he tends to gloss over some really difficult situations without really digging into the mess too much. These times are pretty rare, though, and Lucado isn’t writing to quell all doubts and solve all issues. He’s writing to the mass audience of Christians who aren’t going to read a theological heavyweight to address their issues. Someone has to write for these people, and Lucado does it very well, providing theologically accurate, albeit sometimes incomplete, answers to the fear being propagated by many today.
I wouldn’t really recommend this book for serious readers who like their theology challenged and sharpened, but if you know someone who reads a little more casually and struggles with fear and worry, this might be a good gift to counter the numerous voices they are hearing today. Lucado doesn’t fail to point them to Christ as the answer.(less)
Surprised by how much I disagreed with in this book, despite agreeing with most of the overall conclusions. There are much better books on the theolog...moreSurprised by how much I disagreed with in this book, despite agreeing with most of the overall conclusions. There are much better books on the theology of these issues, but few can match Lewis' intellect and command of language. (less)