…If I had time, which I don’t. Either way, I’ve heard about some new (or relatively new) books that would likely be interesting (for both positive and negative reasons). Here’s some books I’d love to read and review:
1. The Juvenilization of American Christianity by by Thomas Bergler. From what I understand, Bergler walks through the history of the “youth ministry” movement and traces out how it’s done horrible damage to the Christian church. I’m guessing he’s articulating some of the things that I’m suspecting, but I’d love to read it and find out.
2. Logic: A God-Centered Approach to the Foundation of Western Thought by Vern Poythress. This is the book I’ve wanted for a LONG time. A book on logic written by an intelligent Christian who holds to a high view of scripture. Poythress is always an interesting read, and this would be a whopper of a read.
3. The Myth of Persecution: How Early Christians Invented a Story of Martyrdom by Candida Moss. Hold on to your seats because “revisionist history” is about to hit warp 9. Candida Moss, from Notre Dame’s department of theology, has written a book about how all these claims of “persecution” by the Christian church are, well, made up or at least embellished. This is the academic origination of the idea that Christians were never really a persecuted minority, and I predict that this book will bleed down to a popular level even though scholars will tear it to shreds in the accademy. In a few years (maybe 5), when people talk about how Christians have been persecuted in the past, those people will be called liars…and when people talk about Christians being persecuted now, some will say “they lied about it in the past and they’re lying about it now”. In a short time, Christians will be the only minority group in history who everyone agrees “is getting what they deserve”, though nobody will actually admit that it’s happening. Just my predictions…
4. Strange Fire by John MacArthur. This will be his return to the subject of the charismatic movement, and the last time he wrote on it was 1993. Things have changed, and the release of this book will coincide with the Conference, of the same name, that is coming in October. This book will be an aggressive salvo of theology fired against the Charismatic movement, and it’s about time. This is a book that I’m looking forward to like a madman.
Enough of that. Off to bed.
Until Next Time,
Lyndon “The Armchair Book News Specialist” Unger