This book is very well written and covers all the areas one would expect a book that's talking about an intersection between science and religion. I wThis book is very well written and covers all the areas one would expect a book that's talking about an intersection between science and religion. I went to a conference (or was it a series of seminars? ... who knows....) a few years ago and it was more up to date with the science, which one would expect as this book was written 60 years ago.
It's a little while now since I was actively involved in the church and I'm finding it difficult to remember what the terminology for different types of Christians is. What Ramm is saying here is that evangelicals don't have to believe the world was created in 6 days, 6000 years ago, so clearly many of them do (or did a his time of writing). Nor do they have to believe literally in any of the other stuff that conflicts with the findings of science.
Ramm summarises his whole book in the epilogue, beginning with the statement that
no man of science mat withhold faith by reason of the following ...
However, he insists that one must believe in the virgin birth (see page 205+) and he appears to believe that the New Testament must be accepted as an accurate record. So, in effect, this book is written to convince Christians that science can fit with their religion, but there is nothing in it to persuade a scientist that there is truth in Christianity....more
We started the first of the series just over a year ago - reading 4 nights a week on average, with a slowing to one chapter over 3 nights while we hadWe started the first of the series just over a year ago - reading 4 nights a week on average, with a slowing to one chapter over 3 nights while we had guests living with us for 6 months. It was nice to get back to one chapter a sitting.
This isn't the most exciting of the Narnia series, but it's a fine culmination and the children were just as interested in it. I feel a little sad now we've come to the end - no doubt I'll read the books all again once the grandchildren are independent readers and reading them themselves, but this will have been the last time I read them aloud....more
I'm choosing this particular volume as representative of Barclay's entire commentary - The Daily Study Bible. I read this (or used it for research, raI'm choosing this particular volume as representative of Barclay's entire commentary - The Daily Study Bible. I read this (or used it for research, rather) and a good many of the set when I was first doing some Biblical study. He's thorough and inserts a great deal of interesting historical information. I don't agree with much of his theology (apparently the conservatives find him unorthodox 'on several important doctrines' (100 Christian Books That Changed the Century, p.103); I, on the other hand, find him too conservative. Ah well, you can't please everybody. And I enjoy a theological debate....more
Phillips writes quite engagingly so I enjoyed skimming through this book. We differ on the most fundamental thing however, and that is 'the infallibilPhillips writes quite engagingly so I enjoyed skimming through this book. We differ on the most fundamental thing however, and that is 'the infallibility of the Bible'. He believes in it; I don't....more
I'm disappointed, but I guess not surprised. You see, I like the way Lewis writes - the conversational tone is pleasant and he uses words nicely. I loI'm disappointed, but I guess not surprised. You see, I like the way Lewis writes - the conversational tone is pleasant and he uses words nicely. I love the Narnia series and I've enjoyed some of his sci-fi, and really liked The Screwtape Letters. However, my hope that this book would satisfy me was a thin one, and I only got it from the library because I'm still determined to read (or at the very least, look at) all the 100 titles in 100 Christian Books That Changed the Century. I'm not entirely sure why I'm still plodding through it - I began reading them when I was in training for the church - and that life has been and gone. In fact, it appears I'm not even doing any lay preaching now . . . my local parish is so penny-pinching that when the new minister persuaded the parish council to offer a koha (donation, or 'gift from the heart') to lay preachers I gratefully accepted. It seems I should have gracefully rejected it, as I haven't been asked to preach in the last half year. Either that, or my theology is too radical. But I was getting consistent and good feedback from members of the congregations, so the latter is not likely. However (and I'm returning to my reasons for reading this book that I'm trying to review), who knows what the future may hold? Life could well change drastically once again, and the understanding about conservative Christian thought that I'm getting from reading all these 100 may well prove to be useful. Thus I persevere.
So - Mere Christianity. It's a classic. It's still read and loved by countless Christians. But, oh dear, it's so set in its time - women are patronised, generalities are given as if they are truths, no acknowledgement is given of any theological studies (a good amount of which had already begun to give exciting new insights). Well, I can read a book and make allowances for the cultural setting of the author, but I got tired of him giving only 2 options - the most widely quoted is his 'either this man was, and is, the Son of God; or else a madman or something worse.' In actual fact, both options assume the Bible is quoting Jesus accurately. Unfortunately, if someone is assuming that all the words in the Bible are inerrant, then there is no room for discussion. And there was no point in my reading any further....more
This was undoubtedly a work of great influence when it was published, and frequent reprints and new publications show that it has continued. For myselThis was undoubtedly a work of great influence when it was published, and frequent reprints and new publications show that it has continued. For myself, I find the prose a little dull. I guess I prefer journal-length articles in formal discourse, or a book written in a lighter tone for the layperson.
The Petersens, in 100 Christian Books That Changed the Century, say that this book 'has been foundational reading for scholars and other observers tryThe Petersens, in 100 Christian Books That Changed the Century, say that this book 'has been foundational reading for scholars and other observers trying to make sense of Christianity in the United States over the last century'. They do make large claims and are a little less than precise at times (e.g. this book was published in 1951 so is well short of the century). However, I can see why it would have been widely read. It covers all aspects of the historical thinking about the subject, and it does so in a very readable way. I skimmed through most of the book, but if I had been studying this subject for my theological degree, I would undoubtedly have utilised it as part of my reading for essays....more
I skimmed this after the first few chapters. It's a collection of sermons rather than essays, and I found it not quite meaty enough for my needs, butI skimmed this after the first few chapters. It's a collection of sermons rather than essays, and I found it not quite meaty enough for my needs, but still worth remembering as a research tool. ...more
The difference between the common dismissive use of the word “myth” and its meaning in the study of religion is pointed to in the title of a book written by Mircea Eliade, one of the greatest scholars of religion in the twentieth century Myth and Reality. In the modern world, myth and reality are commonly seen as opposites: we speak of myth or reality. Eliade’s point is the opposite: myth and reality go together, myth being the language for talking about what is ultimately real. For Eliade, myths are true, even though not literally true.
I have read the first chapter in full as it is his introduction and explanation, but I am not going to read the rest of it at present (time .. time ..). However, these further chapters look fascinating and I hope that I can come back to this book in the future....more