Brian Marr

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I was born in California but moved across the country to Connectictut, where I was raised as the oldest of eleven children. We were all homeschooled K-12, and there I acquired a lifelong love for theology, philosophy, and literature, especially C.S. Lewis. Because of my growing love for theology, I was drawn to Moscow, Idaho and studied at New Saint Andrews. Twice. I read more C.S. Lewis, went to the edgy end of the FV spectrum, had to be rebuked for a while, and then re-emerged shaken but Protestant. I love to write long reviews. Least favorite thing on goodreads is a one sentence review, unless the book is boring.

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A Secular Age by Charles Taylor
" Whoah you're making progress in this! It's definitely a must-read, particularly for understanding the modern world. I was recently reading a summary ...more "
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The Exodus You Almost Passed Over by David Fohrman
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Loads of fun. I pay $18 a month for a subscription to AlephBeta, and it is worth every penny, with hours and hours of content that cover various Old Testament stories with careful attention to grammatical nuances. What makes Fohrman particularly fun ...more
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A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism by David C. Greetham
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Another good book on textual criticism that socializes the text in the sense that it insists the editor and publisher and even social expectations for a book in its original context are also important to recover. Authors almost never publish alone, ...more
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Principles of Textual Criticism by James Thorpe
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An excellent, well written book that explains textual criticism of the most recent variety. It gives you a good idea of how difficult the art of the editor is, and how important it is to show your work and explain what text you are using. A book that ...more
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The Hebrew Bible by Robert Alter
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God's Library by Brent Nongbri
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Whoa! Turns out we know next to nothing about how to date manuscripts. Paleography (the style of the manuscript handwriting) is incredibly uncertain, and radiocarbon dating, though more reliable might only be able to get us within a few centuries. ...more
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Christianity and the Transformation of the Book by Anthony Grafton
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This is an excellent book in an unerexplored field of study, namely, the historical context of early Christian books. Grafton and Williams basically look at the historical context in which Origen's Hexapla and Eusebius's work were produced and remind ...more
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The Grace of Shame by Tim Bayly
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Before saying anything else, it needs to be clear that the Baylys and co. are definitely doing the Lord's work by pointing the things they point out in this book. Right now, Evangelicals have accepted the liberal narrative that the Church was mean ...more
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Narrative Art in the Bible by Shimon Bar-Efrat
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Absolutely amazing book. I have been a long-time fan of Robert Alter's work on Biblical artistry, so I was eager to read this when Alastair said this book was very similar and from the same youthful period in scholarship. It's a brilliant, ...more
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From Athens to Jerusalem by Stephen R. L. Clark
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This has some really good stuff on how mind and matter are not the same, yet again, and how evolution cannot explain consciousness. His stuff on vegetarianism is also much more sane and recognizes that we're kind of stuck and that animals themselves ...more
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C.S. Lewis
“A thing may be morally neutral and yet the desire for that thing may be dangerous.”
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

C.S. Lewis
“Theocracy has been rightly abolished not because it is bad that learned priests should govern ignorant laymen, but because priests are wicked men like the rest of us.”
C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory

C.S. Lewis
“I was driven to Whipsnade one sunny morning. When we set out I did not believe that Jesus Christ is the son of God, and when we reached the zoo I did. Yet I had not exactly spent the journey in thought. Nor in great emotion. “Emotional” is perhaps the last word we can apply to some of the most important events. It was more like when a man, after a long sleep, still lying motionless in bed, becomes aware that he is now awake.”
C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

C.S. Lewis
“who can duly adore that Love which will open the high gates to a prodigal who is brought in kicking, struggling, resentful, and darting his eyes in every direction for a chance of escape? The words compelle intrare, compel them to come in, have been so abused by wicked men that we shudder at them; but, properly understood, they plumb the depth of the Divine mercy. The hardness of God is kinder than the softness of man, and His compulsion is our liberation.”
C.S. Lewis, Surprised by Joy: The Shape of My Early Life

Peter J. Leithart
“Before we can progress in providing answers . . . we have to repent of our questions.”
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