Really fascinating account of John Adams. I learned a lot more about him from this book which History class in HS and college never had the time to re...moreReally fascinating account of John Adams. I learned a lot more about him from this book which History class in HS and college never had the time to really dig into. McCullough does a good job bringing his personal letters to life.(less)
Sad story for sure but I really had a hard time relating. To be honest the only similarities I saw was race and religion, I couldn't relate on any oth...moreSad story for sure but I really had a hard time relating. To be honest the only similarities I saw was race and religion, I couldn't relate on any other level. I didn't like the changing writing styles almost from chapter to chapter, and the most ironic part, I actually was saying to myself "oh get over it already" one paragraph before she mentioned "your probably thinking I should just get over this ...", yes! And probably the one area that I couldn't relate on, that I think I needed to relate on, is the social-economic level. For someone to have a friend just go to Target and buy a cart load of items and to get a flight to China, at the last minute, without regard to how much either costs put her in a mindset that I've never been in.
I wanted to read this book because I thought there would be something insightful about the grieving process and Christian fellowship but there wasn't anything new. Not that there needs to be don't get me wrong. Several times I felt terrible for her son Will. Even though she clearly is concerned about that I still was thinking that he may think "oh great, Mom's never getting over this and now she wrote a book." But in the final analysis I just thought this is a Christian with emotional problems overcoming a loss that is taking her far longer to move on from then what someone else may.
I felt like this book was written as part of her grieving process, something else to say this is why God took Maria from us. A child's death is tragic and many American's feel the need to find meaning and purpose for that death. Thus new law's are being promulgated almost daily (Casey's law, Megan's law, etc.) to the point are liberties are besieged by well meaning people. Your child died. We may never know the "true" reason for that loss and for some I don't think they may want to know the truth.
I'm sure this book can be helpful to many people in the same situation and inspiring to many others as well. I noted this book was getting high ratings and I feel bad about only giving it one star but I have to be honest. I wonder if they could break down the ratings by gender because I think woman will by inspired more by this book then men (maybe not). (less)
It's been awhile since I read this book but I do remember thinking it was alright. What stands out was the fact that it was about a dysfunctional fami...moreIt's been awhile since I read this book but I do remember thinking it was alright. What stands out was the fact that it was about a dysfunctional family that attended a mainstream liberal church and because of their lose interpretation of the Bible were lost in the relativism of the world. Church was a social gathering basically for them - truth became what ever worked.(less)
Let me just say that after reading this book I refused to watch the movie - I know I wouldn't have been able to take it. It was difficult to read abou...moreLet me just say that after reading this book I refused to watch the movie - I know I wouldn't have been able to take it. It was difficult to read about that kind of sacrifice let alone watch it. What are you willing to do if you really love someone?(less)
I had the pleasure of taking a class by Professor Franke at Biblical Theological Seminary shortly after he wrote this book with Dr. Grenz. I pulled up...moreI had the pleasure of taking a class by Professor Franke at Biblical Theological Seminary shortly after he wrote this book with Dr. Grenz. I pulled up on my computer this short review I wrote on chapter 3. Don't know where the remaining reviews went.
First I find it interesting that orthodox Christianity seems to posit, regardless of the current philosophical worldview in vogue at the time but within that philosophical worldview, that the Spirit speaking through or simply the Word of God, in some form or another, is where we need to seek truth. So for the beginning of the post-post-modern period (whenever that is) let me be the first to say “the Spirit, through the Biblical narratives, speaks truth to us today.” Ah, that’s a joke by the way. But an interesting joke none the less – at least in my trite opinion.
I believe we can summarize Beyond Foundationalism, in discussing the relationship between the Holy Spirit and Scripture in Chapter 3, as simply the Spirit speaks through Scripture. The Holy Spirit is the inspiration of Scripture and as we read Scripture the Holy Spirit illuminates It, or to be more precise, He illuminates the meaning of It to us. The illumination of Scripture occurs through speech-act. The Spirit speaks illocution through the text in its cultural context and we ask in our current cultural context “what is the Spirit saying to the Church?” In this way the Spirit speaking through Scripture becomes a “norming norm” for theology. The Spirit doesn’t just speak to us through the Scripture but also through our tradition shaping our community towards the eschatological hope of our future existence.
Scripture as a “norming norm” for me makes the association of Scripture and Tradition somewhat problematic. If the Spirit is speaking to us through the Scriptures and within our Christian tradition why are there differing traditions? How do we ascertain whether the Spirit spoke/speaks through our tradition and not another? And if this knowledge is obtainable if we don’t refer back to Scripture that doesn’t have as many variations from the autographs as does the vicissitudenous of our tradition. Scripture as a “norming norm” seems to posit sola scriptura because we still need to recheck our tradition with Scripture and therefore Scripture is still the overarching authority in which we refer back to.
As I read Beyond Foundationalism I am also still trying to sort out what we mean by tradition. I feel I am tracking two different expressions of tradition. One that is the more typical and what is commonly expressed as when we talk about the Protestant tradition and/or the Catholic tradition. And the other which appears to be what is more associated with culture. In other words its not just the Spirit speaking through the appropriated Biblical texts but the Spirit speaking through the appropriated Biblical texts AND our theological tradition causing us to ask what does this mean to us in our cultural tradition. (less)