Revelatory, educating, and oddly entertaining for a scholarly historical commentary. 112 years after the first print, 112 before the horror story induRevelatory, educating, and oddly entertaining for a scholarly historical commentary. 112 years after the first print, 112 before the horror story industry of today, without embellishment, Uriah Smith communicated that there is no depravity or horror that wasn't already lived out and seen by God. In a scholarly style, the book reminds us that the Bible has all the makings of any good story, non fiction or fiction, between its two covers. I found it encouraging regarding today's social and political climate. He pointed out that the apparent victory of an evil person isn't paramount to God's favor of the evil person. God can use anyone He wants to further His purposes. In fact, sacred vessels in His temple that were profained by misuse, God allowed to be further desecrated by being taken as loot.
For me it brought confusion and clarity in equal parts on some matters. His argument for Sunday worship is being the mark of the beast is well documented and neatly laid out....but I'm not so sure I agree with it. The dangers of disagreement are also well argued and make me want to know more, but not enough to convert to SDA out of fear. His take on the May 1780 dark day in New England being the breaking of a seal helps to temper the temptation to take his interpretation as fact.
An impressive mastery of vocabulary and a gold mine for those who love new words or original meanings of old words. Decalogue. Periphrasis. Panoply. Simple words out of modern use that may belie reliance on basic Greek or Latin origins for your educated guesses. ...more
Rocks the boat while holding firm to faith that Jesus won't let it tip over. I've long thought that "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teaRocks the boat while holding firm to faith that Jesus won't let it tip over. I've long thought that "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day, teach him to fish and you feed him for life" needed to be challenged. I want to pass the pond completely and go meet the guy who owns it. But one will never get there sitting on the dock screwing around with the tackle box. It's possible that I just like someone who validates my kind of thinking, but I don't think so.
Dark is onto something. No, some things. Big, important things. He effectively demonstrates how humor paves the way to opening dialogue about uncomfortable subjects in a chapter entitled "Truthiness", quoting Colbert's "If Truth be beauty and beauty be Truth, then I look fabulous tonight!" He questions "offendedness" and the "talkaboutable", reminding us that our witness sometimes begins with offending sensibilities. It is, after all, a kind of weirdness and going against popular opinion,that got people screaming "crucify him". He does this in several ways, including a reminder that Mark Twain and his ilk were not always given the honor and respect for candor we now value dearly.
Every time I hear the cliche, "it's like peeling an onion", I'm reminded that onions make people cry and people don't like to cry. Such a huge market for how not to cry while peeling onions exists, to my way of thinking. I love it when Dark reminds us that we, as a society/culture have crafted ways of insulating ourselves from each other. "Such a waste of emotion" is one remark about the movie industry. That we get our tidy catharsis in a theater setting where we don't have to actually look at each other is an astute observation on his part.
Yes, you could call this book subversive, but overall I maintain that he's trying to remind us that "The Bible isn't a collection of voices that learned, over thousands of years, to stop questioning, to silence protests and lamentations. It is a relentless kicking against the status quo, even and especially when the prophets fer that it's their one true God who's somehow endorsing it." Most of all, my take away is for those who mean to follow Jesus, this isn't the adoption of quiescence.
He seriously calls into question "Love your neighbor as yourself" and what that might look like.
This book was very insightful about linguistics and culture and the dedication required to accurately translate any important work, especially somethiThis book was very insightful about linguistics and culture and the dedication required to accurately translate any important work, especially something as important as faith. Faye Edgerton became dedicated to translating the bible to Navajo early in life and remained faithful to that until the time of her death. With the help of a blind Navajo Indian man, Geronimo Martin, some ground breaking work was done.
It became clear in a very short order that it wouldn't be a simple translation, but would require interpretation. I recall one story about how it became critical to find out what kind of rod Moses' brother Aaron was carrying when it budded, as the Navajo had no word for "bud". To me, this was very revealing about the close relationship they had with the land. That may sound overly simplified or it may sound like it got unnecessarily complicated. However, if a person is a cattle rancher they don't really just have a word for "cow". Alaskan Indians had upwards of 200 words to describe weather. When life is deeply affected by the weather, there is no simple word for "snow" or "rain".
As much as I liked the book and respect the dedication to the work, it still saddens me on some level to know that as well intentioned as Christians are, there is also an encroachment on indigenous and aboriginal peoples. I also find it interesting that their language was certainly lent to us in WWII with the Wind Talkers, but that is an entirely different subject....more