I read this book for two reasons. The secondary reason was because my Western Civilization (in the 1970’s we still focused primarily on Western history) professor at the College of Idaho – Franklin Specht – made the Reformation come alive. There I was, my first year in college, wet behind the years at 18, having no real idea of how history shaped our culture or why I should care. Thanks to Professor Specht, I learned about impacts of events like the Reformation and the French Revolution.
SubTitle: The Thrill of Defeat, The Agony of Victory: A Classical Historian Explores Jesus’s Arrest, Trial, and Execution Rating:★★★★ Finished: March 21, 2018 [Image from Amazon] As the subtitle explains, this book is an historical view of Jesus’ death, not a theological one. “… this book differs from other books.… Continue reading Reading: The Final Days of Jesus by Mark D. Smith
Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy: A Journey into a New Christianity Through the Doorway of Matthew’s Gospel by John Shelby Spong My rating: 4 of 5 stars John Shelby Spong argues that a literal reading of the New Testament – specifically Matthew – is an error that developed after the Christ movement left the Jewish… Continue reading Book Report: Biblical Literalism: A Gentile Heresy
How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian: Struggling with Divine Violence from Genesis Through Revelation by John Dominic Crossan My rating: 5 of 5 stars Justice v Judgement Justice v Judgement I am a Christian; however, I have struggled most of my adult life with the dichotomy of God as described in… Continue reading Book Report: How to Read the Bible and Still Be a Christian. By John Dominic Crosson
Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman My rating: 4 of 5 stars This is a quick, enjoyable read of forty different possibilities after death. I found all the stories intriguing. Each chapter is just a few pages long. I read it in just a couple of hours; starting it one evening before… Continue reading Book Report – Sum: Forty Tales from the Afterlives by David Eagleman