This book is on my "to read" list, but don't let that fool you. I don't want to read this book. I just wanted a place to put several comments:
Kathy KeThis book is on my "to read" list, but don't let that fool you. I don't want to read this book. I just wanted a place to put several comments:
Kathy Keller to RHE: "Throughout your book, you have ignored or even hidden from readers the fundamental principles of scriptural interpretation—including the difference between narrative and didactic, as well as the importance of placing commands in their context within redemptive history."
Trillia Newbell: "As I read the book, it became increasingly clear to me of one theme: God’s word was on trial. It was the court of Rachel Held Evans. She was the prosecution, judge, and jury. The verdict was out. And with authority and confidence, she would have the final word on womanhood. . . . In this book Evans is trying to build a bridge, but I wonder if it is not rather a comfortable bridge for shaky evangelicals to find their way into theological liberalism. This book is not ultimately about manhood and womanhood, headship and submission, or the complementarian and egalitarian debate. At its root this book questions the validity of the Bible. And denying the inerrancy and sufficiency of Scripture is a denial that will ultimately erode the gospel of our Savior."
Doug Wilson: "Whenever she caught herself being verbally inappropriate, she put a penny in a jar, and every penny represented a minute she had to go up and sit on the roof of her house. This is where I clear my throat tentatively, not sure I could have heard this right. . . . [T]he text says that it would be better for the husband to be up on the roof than downstairs with Rachel Held Evans when she is being bad. So what’s she doing up there? . . . [W]e have better things to do than learn about biblical womanhood from someone who is having trouble with distinguishing subjects from predicates. This is a caliber of exegesis that thinks that Jesus went to Capernaum might mean that Capernaum went to Jesus. Who can be sure? Scholars differ on this controversial point."...more
As Keller says in the forward, it's good to see an emphasis on the lived experience of Christianity so that children know and feel God's presence, notAs Keller says in the forward, it's good to see an emphasis on the lived experience of Christianity so that children know and feel God's presence, not just know about God. Catechesis and other kinds of cerebral instruction are important, but so is our felt experience with God. The first devotional begins with the word dance....more
**spoiler alert** I do believe that artists have a responsibility to get theology as right as they can, even in their fiction, but I think that there**spoiler alert** I do believe that artists have a responsibility to get theology as right as they can, even in their fiction, but I think that there is a significant difference between The Shack and Lewis's The Great Divorce. Whereas Young's novel really seemed to be promoting the theology behind it, The Great Divorce should not be read as proposing the way that Heaven and Hell really are. (Lewis himself says this in the preface.) It's an artist's impressionistic collection of snapshots of human character, and Lewis's insights in that regard are peerless.
Preface 3: MacDonald doesn't sound like a universalist in this quote (see p. 114) 7: direct response to Blake and the distaste for either-or 8: earth is, in a way, a foretaste of Heaven and Hell 9: it's intended to have a moral, but he's not setting out details about the afterlife
Ch. 1 13: bus queue; rainy and dark (Hell/Purgatory) 16: bus flies
Ch. 2 20: issue of wanting (see also pp. 28, 34, 28, 52, 55-56, 60, 66-67, 111)
Ch. 3 26: bus lands in a green field 27: nature is as hard as diamonds 28: bus passengers are ghosts 29: ageless (infant thought and old frolic)
Ch. 4 30: solid people approach (spirits, not ghosts) 32: issue of getting in 33: there are no private affairs 34: man concerned with his "rights" chooses to leave
Ch. 5 35: the book started getting more interesting for me at this chapter 36: literal Heaven/Hell seen as silly 39: Inquisition was bad, but the opposite error is bad too; encouragement to repent and believe 40: no such thing as a final answer—traveling hopefully > arriving (view that Heaven = stagnation) 41: thirst was made for water; children love answers 42-43: man rejects Heaven to go read a theological paper; he thinks that since Jesus died young, He died before He could fully mature past His early (foolish) views
Ch. 7 50: Hell is just like any other town 51: assumption that since God is sovereign over both Heaven and Hell, they can't be at war with each other [so a king can't be sovereign over the banquet hall and the dungeon?]
Ch. 8 54: doubting the intentions of the Solid People; Cowper's despair 57: we are born for infinite happiness ("joy" on p. 65) 58: unicorns
Ch. 9 59: George MacDonald as Dantean/Virgilian guide 60: Phantastes 60: issue of choice; Jeremy Taylor :( 61: holidays for the damned (hauntings); for those who leave Hell, it was really Purgatory; Deep Heaven; Valley of the Shadow of Life 62: Heaven turns agony into glory 63: Heaven is reality; Roman Catholics and Protestants closer than they think 64: Milton ("better to reign in Hell…" and "injured merit"); Alchilles's "wrath" was just sulking 65-66: possible to care more about proving God's existence than caring about God Himself 66-67: two kinds of people: those who tell God "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says "thy will be done"—all those in Hell want to be there, or at least would rather be there than in Heaven 68: sparks? 74: Deep Hell—artists love the showing, not the object itself
Ch. 10 77-78: nagging wife both creates and destroys her husband's ambition 78-79: she destroys his friendships 81: she needs someone to control
Ch. 11 83: wanting God for His own sake 88: spark of something not herself (see p. 68); corruption of the best becomes the worst; total depravity; issue of what to say to the bereaved and when 89: Keats was wrong in his certainty of the holiness of the heart's affections 89-94: lizard of lust 92: our wills give permission? 95: excess vs. defect
Ch. 12 98: the greatness of common people; Milton referenced 99-105…: Dwarf/Tragedian
Ch. 13 106-07: the terrible struggle against joy, and a miserable triumph 107: Dwarf disappears 108: pity as blackmail 108-09: Tragedian vanishes 109-10: Ps. 91 112-13: Heaven is far larger than Hell 113: Alice [Wonderland] referenced; a damned soul is shrunk, shut up in itself [cf. incurvatus in se] 114: the higher a being, the lower it can descend/stoop; Julian—all will be well 114-15: Universalism 115: pictures as symbols; Predestination