An excellent read by one of the old masters. There is no such thing as apocalyptic book ends. Each apocalyptic group interprets religious texts and hiAn excellent read by one of the old masters. There is no such thing as apocalyptic book ends. Each apocalyptic group interprets religious texts and historical events as they feel relevant, and change them to fit their group and individual world view. One can not prep for the future with total pessimism. There still needs to be a message or vision of hope, albeit a false hope. And that false hope may be opportunism. Currently the pessimistic evangelical christian view of the world and history has caused many to believe they can not participate in that world or history and apathetically await the end or try to force it. An old book but still relevant as history circles.
"Prometheus I took from man expectancy of death. Chorus What medicine found'st thou for this malady? Prometheus I planted blind hope in the heart of him. Chorus A mighty boon thou gavest there to man." - Prometheus Bound, By Aeschylus.
Got a good deal on this text from Barns and Nobles! Eventhough I love digital texts, This is one book that is an excellent reference to have on your sGot a good deal on this text from Barns and Nobles! Eventhough I love digital texts, This is one book that is an excellent reference to have on your shelf when the nook battery is dead in a power outage....more
Sometime ago while watching YouTube videos, I came across a Karaite Jew who was expounding on the Fury of God to counteract the overwhelming and cons Sometime ago while watching YouTube videos, I came across a Karaite Jew who was expounding on the Fury of God to counteract the overwhelming and constant message of the Evangelical Christian God of Love. I thought at first the topic was extreme, but when I realized the goal of the video and now this book a few years later I thought it interesting, and the topic of God's Fury was a much needed counterweight to balance out the scales.
The author Jeremy Ludmark has done an excellent job at pointing out the many issues that arise when only viewing the loving side of God rather then thinking of both. As a non-believer I had to keep in mind that this book was written to those of the Christian faith and not as a text to be taken in an apologetic format. I realized this was the case after a large theological debate that was had over the text, while the good author was eating with his family at dinner, unbeknownst to me. But I would like to thank Jeremy for all his responses.
One topic that I found interesting was the underlying humor and personality that came out while writing on such a great and terrible topic. Also it was refreshing to note that the author underscored that even the "Born Again" believers were subject to the same amount of fury when they slip up. It has been my experience that at times the good Christians reflect that once they say the sinner's prayer they think themselves exempt from such wrath. One area that I would have enjoyed a chapter on would have been concerning the topic of Job. Here it appears that we have one who was just but still faced fury to prove a point to "The Accuser". "Aren't my few days almost over? Leave me so I can have a moment of joy. Turn away before I go to the place I can't return from. It's the land of darkness and deep shadow. It's the land of darkest night and deep shadow and disorder. There even the light is like darkness.' " (Job 10:20-22)
Over all an excellent book on the topic and I do hope the book is taken to heart by believers. On the down side this book will be some ammo for the atheist apologists if they are patient enough to read the book and brilliant enough to use it. Nice to read about the Terribly Great God of the biblical literature! Some may not think it appropriate but I am reminded of a text out of the Bhagavad Gita that would apply.
"In a vision I have seen what no man has seen before, I rejoice in exultation, and yet my heart trembles with fear. Have mercy upon me, Lord of Gods, Refuge of the whole universe: show me again thine own human form. I yearn to see thee again with thy crown and scepter and circle. Show thyself to me again in thine own form." -Bhagavad Gita 11:45-46.
Well done and congratulations on your first book! And I look forward to more book by this author....more
A female "Socrates" of the holiness movement and an excellent book on a women's view and theological contribution to early Methodism in the early 1800A female "Socrates" of the holiness movement and an excellent book on a women's view and theological contribution to early Methodism in the early 1800's. Her question and answer technique to those she proselytized to led to some excellent questions being asked concerning salvation and complete holiness. Although much of these ideas have changed as time progressed, if such question were asked by or put to every believer there would be greater introspection on such topics. It is some what humors that being female she distanced herself from the feminist movement so her views and teachings would be considered and read. Her more popular book "The Promise of the Father." gave a voice to the female contribution and defended the idea of women in Christian ministry and teaching....more
An excellent book by the humorous, Dr. Price critiquing "Killing Jesus" by the good Bill O'Reilly. Price shows how the "No Spin Zone" plays twister wiAn excellent book by the humorous, Dr. Price critiquing "Killing Jesus" by the good Bill O'Reilly. Price shows how the "No Spin Zone" plays twister with the New Testament literature. This book was very informative in a fun way, and shows what great liberties evangelical apologists take when writing on such topics. Killing History underlines the issues with writing on the historical Jesus and how quickly it turns into historical fiction. A nice little book to have around. Also the last chapter on the resurrection was both creative and entertaining, almost as the gospels themselves. The appendixes were also informative, giving up to date theories on the dating of the Gospel texts. Well done Dr. M. Price! My sides hurt from laughing while I learned something about early Christianities!...more
Used this as a text book in art school. Art history 1 and 2. It has excellent images and well written and informative chapters. I have to order a newUsed this as a text book in art school. Art history 1 and 2. It has excellent images and well written and informative chapters. I have to order a new one. I loaned it to a friend and never got it back. I have missed it ever since. was reading works by Carl Jung and decided that I would try to find it once more. Thanks to a college buddy, I was able to find it once more and order it! ...more
An excellent, telling, comical classic. I remember in my Western Literature class the professor teared up as she read Chaucer's Retraction. The experiAn excellent, telling, comical classic. I remember in my Western Literature class the professor teared up as she read Chaucer's Retraction. The experience was moving and was one factor that me down the path of the metaphor with a much greater appreciation for literature....more
Excellent view of Aslan's historical Jesus. Written in an easy to read format with notes and bibliography in the back. Enjoyed how well the book floweExcellent view of Aslan's historical Jesus. Written in an easy to read format with notes and bibliography in the back. Enjoyed how well the book flowed. One of the interesting parts of the book was his description of the temple cult in Jerusalem and also the split between James the Brother of Jesus and Paul. Along the same vain of thinking is the research by S.G.F. Brandon's "Jesus and the Zealots: A Study of the Political Factor in Primitive Christianity." A very informative and enjoyable read that will lead to more personal research for sure!...more
An excellent book on beliefs, identity confrontation, and how people come to view the world and themselves. While the study is not perfect, an admissiAn excellent book on beliefs, identity confrontation, and how people come to view the world and themselves. While the study is not perfect, an admission by even the author and researcher Milton Rokeach, the project went a long way to explain how we come to believe what we do and how those experiences and identities, influenced by environment, culture, and the need for inclusion, or depersonalization, and ones desire to be competent and great influce how we view ourselves and our place in the world. The quote Milton Rokeach uses by Bertrand Russell could be the core of this book. "Every man would like to be God, if it were possible; some few find it difficult to admit the impossibility."
The after word Rokeach adds some 20 years later after the project was most moving and reminded me of the retraction and apology Geoffrey Chaucer wrote concerning the e Canterbury Tales. But as an agnostic reading this with great interest I have been able to look into the human mind and see patterns of why people hold religious beliefs they way they do and how they reconcile those beliefs when they run contrary to the positive authorities and how the deal with the identity confrontation. Do they ignore it, deny it, or reconcile it?
This book should be read by believers and non-believers alike!...more
An excellent book on what Judaism thinks of the Christian Gospels. If one did not want to know of such an opinion then it is far better not to ask. H An excellent book on what Judaism thinks of the Christian Gospels. If one did not want to know of such an opinion then it is far better not to ask. Here Jose Faur puts on his boxing gloves and gives the gospels and Christian literature a punch to the eye and jab to the ribs. Faur explains the difference between the Jewish law and writings and those of the authoritarian "Ubermensch" of Christianity. Faur then dismantles the gospel writers views of who Christ was and clearly separates out the religion OF Jesus verses the religion ABOUT Jesus. Faur explains the issues with the teachings of Jesus, the last supper, trial, and crucifixion based his knowledge of Jewish theology and literature.
Faur uses texts and material from writers of psychology and myth, like Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, and Joseph Campbell. The notes were full of interesting sources that I will be collecting. Since Faur is an apologist out of Judaism, and even though this is refreshing in many ways due to his intellectual knowledge of both Hebrew and Christian literature, he, of course, is very Judeocentric. Also on the negative, Faur used some questionable sources in his research that are debated by the mainstream scholarship, such as Sir James George Frazer's Golden Bough, The Jesus Papers by Michael Baigent, and the The Jesus Family Tomb by Charles R. Pellegrino and Gary Habermas. However his was an excellent book and should be read first by those who would like to proselytize to Judaism, and then those who would like to challenge the "Ubermensch" of Christianity.
"What would “authentic” judaism look like? Let me clarify the question: what would Judaism look like if you stripped out anything that was “borrowed” from other religions or pagan practice…"- José Faur
An excellent well research book on the topic of Scientology. While the romanticized versions of history presented to us by belief systems are helpful,An excellent well research book on the topic of Scientology. While the romanticized versions of history presented to us by belief systems are helpful, we must not content ourselves with them. One must always look to see what is under the rug also.
"There is no question that a belief system can have positive, transformative effects on people’s lives. Many current and former Scientologists have attested to the value of their training and the insight they derived from their study of the religion. They have the right to believe whatever they choose. But it is a different matter to use the protections afforded a religion by the First Amendment to falsify history, to propagate forgeries, and to cover up human-rights abuses."
- Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the Prison of Belief. pg 354 ...more
An excellent account on how Jenna Miscavige navigated the labyrinth of Scientology and eventually found her way out. We cannot be content with the romAn excellent account on how Jenna Miscavige navigated the labyrinth of Scientology and eventually found her way out. We cannot be content with the romanticized version of history and accounts of belief systems. Jenna's story was very informative and moving. I could not put the books down and read it all in one sitting on a snow day. This book underscores the fact that extremism takes on many forms and navigating the rings of it's inferno can cost you your all, and at times even your life. ...more