The rating would have been much higher except for one very obnoxious fact about this book.....the authors reckless overuse of the word "Jacobean". It...moreThe rating would have been much higher except for one very obnoxious fact about this book.....the authors reckless overuse of the word "Jacobean". It becomes a hindrance so much so that I only just picked up the book again after a 5 year cooling off period.
Now to the contents. This is the story of the translation and the translators of the most enduring and widely read translation of the Bible in English. It is in depth and detailed and the subject matter fascinating. The author brings a bias for the translation but does critique it in certain areas like accuracy, printing errors, variance in editions, capability of the scholars to deal with the original languages, and the accuracy of the manuscripts used in the translation.
This is just as much a story of England in the time of King James and an analysis of the religious and political situation of the era. Some of those involved in the translation process would be considered villains to the Puritans and to the Scottish Presbyterians alike. This was the Bible, government, and church of an authoritarian monarchy that had no room for what they considered subversive elements in the church / state.
He spends much time comparing the KJV to the Tyndale New Testament, Geneva Bible, and the Bishops Bible and lauding the majesty and richness of the King James translation in comparison, one of his main points being that this was a book to be read aloud in the churches and asking the question of "how does this sound when read aloud in the congregation?", whereas the other English protestant editions were more for personal use and study or that they didn't really take the auditory factor into consideration. I object to half of that point and counter that the other translations and even modern ones are certainly for use in the churches. The Word of God is to be proclaimed aloud, Romans 10:17 "So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."
It is too hard to judge how each of those translations would have sounded to a 17th century ear. We have too much of a 21st century ear for English to make that call.(less)
Bede provides a unique contribution to church and English history. This is a detailed account on Christianity in the British Isles up until the 8th ce...moreBede provides a unique contribution to church and English history. This is a detailed account on Christianity in the British Isles up until the 8th century. In many places this reads like Chronicles and Kings in the Old Testament as it details the reigns of the various kings and Kingdoms. Northumbrians, Mercians, Angles, Jute's Picts, Irish, Saxons - this is a rich history of these people groups. It is interesting to think of a time when there was not just England / Great Britain.
It is hard to take all of what Bede says about church practice and doctrine. There is a lot of mysticism and far fetched miracles in here. Of course these are not beyond the power of God but they do leave me scratching my head. What am I to take from the accounts of righteous kings killed in battle and then the ground growing greener grass on the place where they fell or that fragments of their bones are mixed in to create Holy Water and heal people, or that exhuming the tomb of a righteous person 7-10 years later their bodies are found completely intact and without the corruption of decay. These "miracles" are commonplace in Bede's history and come across as superstitious belief.
Bede borders on obsession with whether people celebrated Easter at the right time - according to the Roman churches way of calculating it. There are many instances of a wrong understanding of the Scriptures and the Gospel, but it is just an account. Meritorious salvation based on our works, prayer for the dead, purgatory,etc. On the other hand, it is interesting to see an account of church order and government at the time.
It is definitely worth a read to anyone interested in church history or english history.(less)
The authors accomplished what they set out to do...connect with ordinary mothers...and fathers (but mostly mothers) to let them know that they are all...moreThe authors accomplished what they set out to do...connect with ordinary mothers...and fathers (but mostly mothers) to let them know that they are all going through similar trials. The stories may be different but the lessons are the same, prepare to give up everything, prepare to be embarrassed and tested beyond your wildest imaginations. Prepare to love these children more than you ever thought possible. You will laugh out loud and think of the things that your little one(s) have done.
I have heard my wife say similar things to the title of this book and so I knew it would connect with her. She is reading it now as well and laughing in most of the same places. Everybody likes to hear a good and funny story and there are dozens in this book. Laugh along with them.(less)
This was a very imaginative book. I think all children have at some point asked themselves what it would be like if their toys were alive and this is...moreThis was a very imaginative book. I think all children have at some point asked themselves what it would be like if their toys were alive and this is one potential scenario. Its one more take on this idea of things coming to life, such as Toy Story, etc...but this came first, and Omri gets to actually see and interact with the toy indian. Omri quickly changes his attitude of thinking of it merely as a plaything and then realizing that this is an actual person. He is thrust into the responsibility of meeting Little Bears needs and keeping him from harm, harm that would come from places and things that would not be harmful to someone of his size. Omri discovers that he must also change his perspective to see the world from the eyes of this tiny living being.
I had lots of other thoughts about this, but I will just let it be and not think too deep. Its just a kids book. I do think though that one of the main points is how much responsibility can change and mature you though, and Omri certainly has changed. He finds it hard to think about how silly he was only a week before and how different his priorities had become.(less)
I was compelled to read this book finally because of my observation that this is a battle that is fought and is being re-fought again and again.
Mache...moreI was compelled to read this book finally because of my observation that this is a battle that is fought and is being re-fought again and again.
Machen argues that liberalism is not Christianity but that it utilizes much of the Christian terminology so as to appear that it is somewhat orthodox.
The book draws the lines in the sand on the things that cannot be compromised, one by one. Machen also gives the definitions that the liberals mean when they use some of the Christian words.
First it is doctrine. Liberals are against doctrine. Are they or are they just against orthodox doctrine. If you believe something then you hold some doctrine, regardless of what you say against doctrine. Everyone has a creed.
Is God the father of all men? Certainly God is the creator of all, but the only one's that can rightly be called children of God and thus claim God as their father are those who have been adopted into the family of God through the work of Jesus Christ. We can only have true union with God and with other men through Christ.
What is the correct view of Scripture? What is the gospel? The Bible is not just merely a group of ancient stories and myths, it is a factual account of God's intervention in the world on behalf of mankind. It is the living and inerrant Word of God. If it is believed that we are the judge of the scriptures and can pick and choose what we will believe than that is not a true faith.
A liberal will say that Christ is to be our example in how to live, while true, much more is needed to be saved. Christ cannot be only our example on how to live, we first need to be made alive by him to walk like him. Christ was not just a good man, he was not just an excellent example of moral living, he is the living God, the creator of heaven and earth, and our saviour. Christ is the object of our faith not merely the example of our faith.
This is solid defense of Biblical Christianity. Unfortunately we continue to see the negative affects of these attacks on many American churches. The mainline protestant churches have embraced this false theology and it has been entrenched for many decades. The result has been a large decline in membership as many simply leave the church or seek out where they can still be taught what the Bible actually teaches. For churches that embrace the liberal doctrines, there really is not a true reason to belong to them. If you aren't offering the gospel than you aren't offering anything that cannot be had in myriads of other places. (less)