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362 BENEDICT XVI:  DEFENDER OF THE FAITH           The recent death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI merits attending …2023/02/01Notes on Books2023-02-01 10:57:37
361 Fearfully and Wonderfully Made            In one of the great pro-life biblical declarations, David …2023/01/01Notes on Books2023-01-01 11:00:59
360 Deep Church Rising         A century ago Christian churches in Europe were—despite the ravages of …2022/12/01Notes on Books2022-12-01 09:00:44
359 Desperate Remedies, Freudian Illusions       Homeless people gathering at busy intersections remind us that thousands of them …2022/11/01Notes on Books2022-11-01 09:10:17
358 Dumb, Dumber, Dumbest       For nearly three centuries (since the inception of the Industrial Revolution), gifted …2022/10/01Notes on Books2022-10-01 09:55:35
357 Holiness Movement, Ethics, TheologyDarius L. Salter grew up in a Pilgrim Holiness church in North Carolina, earned degrees …2022/09/01Notes on Books2022-09-01 12:59:21
356 Miracles TodayThe Christian faith necessarily requires a confidence in miracles—nothing could be more miraculous than Creation, …2022/08/01Notes on Books2022-08-01 11:03:09
355 Epstein on EnergyRick Perry, the former Governor of Texas who served as Secretary of Energy in President …2022/07/01Notes on Books2022-07-01 10:15:59
354 Truth & BeautyIn The Truth and Beauty:  How the Lives and Works of England’s Greatest Poets Point …2022/06/01Notes on Books2022-06-01 09:59:19
353 The Bidens’ Delaware WayBoth the New York Times and the Washington Post recently acknowledged the credibility of the …2022/05/01Notes on Books2022-05-01 16:16:29
352 Peter Kreeft: A “Modern Socrates”Upon retirement, some distinguished professors are given a Festschrift—a collection of essays written by former …2022/04/04Notes on Books2022-04-04 08:50:59
351 Plato ForeverIn his preface to Beyond Good and Evil, Friedrich Nietzsche declared that “Christianity is Platonism …2022/03/01Notes on Books2022-03-01 09:16:20
350 “The Most Egregious Failure”      In 1841 Charles Mackay, an English journalist, published a three-volume treatise entitled …2022/02/01Notes on Books2022-02-01 09:29:36
349 The Real Anthony FauciDr. Anthony Fauci enjoys an exalted reputation throughout many echelons of society.  His charisma and …2022/01/01Notes on Books2022-01-01 10:32:34
348 RELIGIOUS LIBERTY IMPERILED?In 1783, reflecting on his service as commander-in-chief of the colonial armies, George Washington said:  …2021/12/01Notes on Books2021-12-01 09:51:24
347 Trampling Down Death by DeathWhen my late wife Marilyn died, my old college friend Keith Walker sent me a …2021/11/01Notes on Books2021-11-01 09:41:02
346 HEAVEN (reprint)As you would expect, I’ve thought much of Heaven since my wife Marilyn’s death on …2021/10/01Notes on Books2021-10-01 10:11:48
345 Return of the God the HypothesisDuring the past two decades the dramatic increase of Americans self-identifying as “Nones” (having no …2021/09/01Notes on Books2021-09-01 08:12:00
344 White No Longer or Fault Lines?When some of my friends informed me the Nazarene Theological Seminary has invited Robert P. …2021/08/01Notes on Books2021-08-01 15:04:44
343 Christians & PagansIn Pagans and Christians in the City:  Culture Wars from the Tiber to the Potomac …2021/07/01Notes on Books2021-07-01 10:37:43
342 SHELBY STEELE on RACE in AMERICADespite disquieting episodes in the ‘90s—the riots in Los Angeles provoked by Rodney King’s arrest …2021/06/01Notes on Books2021-06-01 09:17:19
341 Sensible EnvironmentalistsThe late novelist-physician Michael Crichton, in his 2003 “Remarks to the [San Francisco] Commonwealth Club,” …2021/05/01Notes on Books2021-05-01 09:43:05
340 Hitler, Stalin, RooseveltSince monstrous despots seem self-evidently inhumane, many of us fail fathom why many millions of …2021/04/01Notes on Books2021-04-01 09:19:05
339 Cynical Theories and a False GospelSome current illustrations reveal a disturbing, highly aggressive ideology, rooted in cultural Marxism and deeply …2021/03/01Notes on Books2021-03-01 10:12:25
338 “The Modern Self”Writing a book blurb for Carl Trueman’s The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self:  …2021/02/01Notes on Books2021-02-01 09:42:54
337 Pandemic PanicAnyone saying “listen to the science” actually means “listen to the scientists I endorse,” for …2021/01/01Notes on Books2021-01-01 09:09:00
336 Leaving the PlantationFor three decades, supporting the civil rights movement, I believed significant advances had been made …2020/12/01Notes on Books2020-12-01 14:18:40
335 Fortitude & Rules for LivingA great 19th century Princeton theologian, A.A. Hodge, lamented:  “It is easier to find a …2020/11/01Notes on Books2020-11-01 09:07:46
334 SCOTUS JusticesJustices of the United States Supreme Court have wielded extraordinary power throughout the nation’s history.  …2020/10/01Notes on Books2020-10-01 10:19:04
333 “Socialism Sucks”It’s increasingly evident that many Americans now embrace socialism.  A 2016 “Harvard survey found that …2020/09/01Notes on Books2020-09-01 09:50:36
332 “Stripping the Altars”–The Anglican ReformationGrowing up in the Church of the Nazarene I learned we were Wesleyans—a theological position …2020/08/01Notes on Books2020-08-01 10:48:27
331 Heather Mac DonaldDuring the past several decades no journalist, said George Will, “has produced a body of …2020/07/01Notes on Books2020-07-01 10:37:00
330 Reclaiming Common SenseDr. Ben Carson, the distinguished Secretary of the Housing and Urban Development department, recently sought …2020/06/01Notes on Books2020-06-01 12:56:16
329 Humanitarian WoesDuring the past two centuries, Man has replaced God in various quarters (including many “modernist” …2020/05/01Notes on Books2020-05-01 11:23:00
328 Post-WWII America Few of us, having lived through the last half of the 20th century, would discount …2020/04/01Notes on Books2020-04-01 10:03:58
327 Re-Writing American HistoryWhen we talk about “culture wars” we rarely think about historians as armed and significant …2020/03/01Notes on Books2020-03-01 11:40:00
326 Wonders of Light, Water, FireIn the beginning—at a primordial stage of the creative process making heaven and earth—“the Spirit …2020/02/01Notes on Books2020-02-01 11:35:00
325 Impeachment and the Plot to Remove a PresidentAs the Trump impeachment process gained steam during the past year I perused  two scholarly …2020/01/01Notes on Books2020-01-01 10:40:00
324 Untethered MindsAs a  prototypical, optimistic “progressive,” believing the world was getting better and better, and after …2019/12/01Notes on Books2019-12-01 00:42:34
323 “Social Justice” CasualtiesIn Why Meadow Died: The People and Policies That Created The Parkland Shooter and Endanger …2019/11/01Notes on Books2019-11-01 23:07:00
322 The Myth of the Dying ChurchSeveral weeks ago I began the Sunday school class I teach during the summer by …2019/10/01Notes on Books2019-10-01 23:02:00
321 Readable HistoriesBeginning with the “father of history,” Herodotus, most historians crafted interesting stories designed to appeal …2019/09/01Notes on Books2019-09-01 23:00:00
320 New Conversations on Faith and ScienceTwo months ago I attended a conference hosted by Faith Bible Church, a large church …2019/08/01Notes on Books2019-08-01 22:58:00
319 Suspect “Science” – the Low-Fat DietFifty years ago I regularly read Organic Gardening and Prevention Magazine—back-to-the earth publications urging readers …2019/07/01Notes on Books2019-07-01 22:54:00
318 Christian EthicsAs is evident in the New Testament, from the beginning Christians have been concerned with …2019/06/01Notes on Books2019-06-01 22:52:00
317 Facts, Not FearTwo decades ago, Bjorn Lomborg insisted (in The Skeptical Environmentalist:  Measuring the Real State of …2019/05/01Notes on Books2019-05-01 22:50:00
316 Solzhenitsyn’s WitnessSince becoming aware of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn 50 years ago I’ve read—and read about—him.  He has …2019/04/01Notes on Books2019-04-01 22:45:00
315 Culture of FearOne of the more amazing contemporary phenomena—despite our very evident safety and comfort —is the …2019/03/01Notes on Books2019-03-01 22:43:00
314 Luther’s Reformation and Its ConsequencesIn his Requiem for a Nun William Faulkner famously said, “The past is never dead.  …2019/02/01Notes on Books2019-02-01 22:40:00
313 Postmodernism, ScientismWhen I first encountered “postmodernism” several decades ago I wondered at the sheer irrationality of …2019/01/01Notes on Books2019-01-01 14:51:25
312 Contempt, Compromised, HoaxIn the 1980s Kenneth Starr was one of the legal luminaries circulating within the higher …2018/12/01Notes on Books2018-12-01 22:26:00
311 Who Are We?During the American Revolution, in his celebrated Letters from an American Farmer, J. Hector St. John de …2018/11/01Notes on Books2018-11-01 01:18:00
310 Medieval Wisdom for Modern ChristiansThroughout the past century a number of discerning thinkers have lamented the immanent demise of …2018/10/01Notes on Books2018-10-01 01:22:00
309 Hitler’s Ethics, Philosophers, DoctorsWhen driven to illustrate utter evil in history, many of us simply point to Adolph …2018/09/01Notes on Books2018-09-01 22:33:00
308 Scalia Still SpeaksAs we witness the struggle surrounding President Trump’s recent Supreme Court nominee (Brett Kavanaugh) we’d …2018/08/01Notes on Books2018-08-01 14:49:00
307 Leon Kass: Living a Worthy Life“Our society,” said Leon Kass two decades ago, “is dangerously close to losing its grip …2018/07/01Notes on Books2018-07-01 22:20:00
306 Assessing a PontiffFollowing his 2013 inauguration, Pope Francis I enjoyed widespread adulation, especially in the more progressive …2018/07/01Notes on Books2018-07-01 14:43:00
305 “Forgetting How to Blush”?Centuries ago the prophet Jeremiah asked a probing question:   “Are they ashamed of their …2018/06/01Notes on Books2018-06-01 09:19:06
304 “Until Proven Innocent” The late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia described, in A Matter of Interpretation, a case …2018/05/01Notes on Books2018-05-01 09:15:08
303 “To Know God and My Soul”Early in his life as a Christian, Augustine wrote a short work, the Soliloquies, wherein …2018/04/01Notes on Books2018-04-01 09:09:00
302 Unjust “Justice”One of the recurrent refrains in Plato’s dialogues appears in his Gorgias, where Socrates says …2018/03/05Notes on Books2018-03-05 09:05:00
301 “House of Cards”Over the years I’ve repeatedly reviewed books detailing debates about the neo-Darwinian theory of evolution …2018/02/01Notes on Books2018-02-01 10:07:44
300 Unchanging Witness       One of the most widely quoted rules in Church History was set …2017/12/01Notes on Books2017-12-01 11:32:52
299 Absolute Power Corrupts, Absolutely– Exhibit A: LBJ       Lord Acton (Sir John Dalberg-Acton), one of the most learned 19th century …2017/11/01Notes on Books2017-11-01 11:28:52
298 Forensic Faith    J. Warner Wallace is a retired Los Angeles County detective, noted for appearing …2017/10/01Notes on Books2017-10-01 11:24:17
297 Proof of Heaven   Eben Alexander’s Proof of Heaven:  A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife (New York:  Simon …2017/09/01Notes on Books2017-09-01 11:20:45
296 Rebuilding the Culture    Anthony Esolen, a highly-regarded, scholarly translator of Dante’s Divine Comedy, has written a …2017/08/01Notes on Books2017-08-01 11:16:44
295 Vanishing Adults One of today’s most accomplished United States Senators, Nebraska’s Ben Sasse, has recently published The …2017/07/01Notes on Books2017-07-01 10:58:00
294 “Strangers in a Strange Land”  Church history records the incessant fluctuations—the triumphs and setbacks, the flourishing and decay—of the …2017/06/01Notes on Books2017-06-01 11:12:31
293 What’s Happened to the University?In What’s Happened to the University:  A Sociological Exploration of Its Infantilisation (New York:  Rutledge, …2017/05/01Notes on Books2017-05-01 10:55:30
292 “Lo, the Poor Indian”Reflecting a pervasive Enlightenment perspective—and presaging Jean-Jacques Rousseau’s Romantic admiration for America’s “Noble Savage”—Alexander Pope, …2017/04/01Notes on Books2017-04-01 10:50:56
291 The War on Humans   When, during the last presidential debate, Hillary Clinton defended all forms of abortion (the …2017/03/01Notes on Books2017-03-01 10:47:26
290 Some Polish Perspectives–Leyutko & Kolakowski Though Poland as a nation has frequently suffered occupation and exploitation, Polish artists (Chopin) and …2017/02/01Notes on Books2017-02-01 10:42:05
289 Notable Conversions–Andrew Claven & Sally Read  When I review books I hope some readers find bits of valuable information and …2017/01/01Notes on Books2017-01-01 10:36:58
288 Debunking Utopia In Dostoyevski’s The Brothers Karamazov, Father Zossima tried to counsel a distraught woman by encouraging …2016/12/01Notes on Books2016-12-01 10:31:33
287 The Kingdom of Speech; Undeniable; Evolution 2.0 For five decades Tom Wolfe has remained a fixture atop the nation’s literary world—helping establish …2016/11/01Notes on Books2016-11-01 10:27:09
286 Clinton Cash; Armageddon; Stealing America Peter Schweizer is an investigative journalist with a muckraker’s penchant for pursuing the darker dimensions …2016/10/01Notes on Books2016-10-01 10:22:55
285 Deadly NotionsGiven our rationality, ideas inevitably have consequences and deeply shape human history.  In The Death …2016/09/01Notes on Books2016-09-01 10:19:10
284 Hillary’s HistoryIn a court of law, eyewitness testimony is highly privileged, considered “first-hand” evidence most worthy …2016/08/01Notes on Books2016-08-01 10:08:30
283 Feminist Fallout   That the unintended consequences of revolutionary political and social movements frequently surpass their original …2016/07/01Notes on Books2016-07-01 10:05:10
282 A “Republican” Constitution?  Following the work of the Constitutional Convention of 1787, a Philadelphian asked Benjamin Franklin:  …2016/06/01Notes on Books2016-06-01 11:53:34
281 Something, Not Nothing    If I stumble over something in the dark, I know something’s there.   …2016/05/01Notes on Books2016-05-01 11:44:00
280 Losing Our Mind?   In 1960 America’s schools were widely considered among the world’s best.  Then came the …2016/04/01Notes on Books2016-04-01 11:38:00
279 Stalin’s Harvest of Sorrow Since WWII Jews around the world have routinely resolved to “never forget” Hitler’s brutal effort …2016/03/01Notes on Books2016-03-01 11:33:46
278 Still the Best HopeDennis Prager is one of the more thoughtful “talk-show hosts” on radio, sustaining an audience …2016/02/01Notes on Books2016-02-01 11:30:08
277 Islam’s Cultural JihadTo understand both Time magazine’s award of its 2015 “person of the year” award to …2016/01/01Notes on Books2016-01-01 11:25:39
276 We Cannot Be SilentHeading toward the White House Barack Obama pledged to “fundamentally transform” America.  And he clearly …2015/12/01Notes on Books2015-12-01 11:22:18
275 Poverty & EconomyWhile teaching Ethics in the 1970s I often used, as a supplementary text, Ron Sider’s …2015/11/01Notes on Books2015-11-01 11:18:38
274 A Model Historian: Rick Kennedy During the 42 years I taught in Nazarene universities I was privileged to work alongside …2015/10/01Notes on Books2015-10-01 09:31:31
273 Laudato Si’: Creation CareFor more than a century, the Roman Catholic Church was led by a succession of …2015/09/01Notes on Books2015-09-01 10:48:51
272 Thomas Oden’s Reflections For many decades Thomas C. Oden has been one of the most prolific and significant …2015/08/01Notes on Books2015-08-01 10:44:43
271 WWII PerspectivesThough not deeply immersed in WWII histories, I’ve always been interested in that era and …2015/07/01Notes on Books2015-07-01 10:35:36
270 Applying Aquinas Though we can never reach a consensus determining who was the “world’s smartest man,” a …2015/06/01Notes on Books2015-06-01 10:29:00
269 Finding GodYears ago Malcolm Muggeridge penned a book titled The Third Testament, providing biographical portraits of …2015/05/01Notes on Books2015-05-01 18:38:00
268 Flight from the AbsolutePhilosophers and educators routinely refer to the importance of one’s Weltanschauung—the philosophy of life or …2015/04/14Notes on Books2015-04-14 11:24:00
267 Love Is What We NeedFor its first half-century the Church of the Nazarene’s theology was significantly shaped and masterfully …2015/03/01Notes on Books2015-03-01 18:27:00
266 The Never Enough Pity Party          In Never Enough: America’s Limitless Welfare State, William Voegeli sets …2015/02/01Notes on Books2015-02-01 10:19:00
265 Miracles and Miraculous ClothsEric Metaxis has garnered well-deserved acclaim and awards for prize-winning biographies of William Wilberforce and …2015/01/01Notes on Books2015-01-01 18:16:00
264 Diana WestDiana West is a Yale-educated journalist, writing a weekly syndicated column with a decidedly conservative …2014/12/01Notes on Books2014-12-01 11:57:00
263 “Playing God” Environmentalism    As we grow older, we frequently regret decisions we’ve made and causes we’ve …2014/11/01Notes on Books2014-11-01 11:50:00
262 Israel Today–“Making David into Goliath”         Anyone seeking to understand Israel today should carefully study Joshua Muravchik’s …2014/10/01Notes on Books2014-10-01 11:22:17
261 Britain’s Best-Known Dissident: Roger Scruton         Considered by some “Britain’s best-known intellectual dissident” for his staunch defense …2014/09/14Notes on Books2014-09-14 11:19:00
260 A Scintillating Curmudgeon: Charles Murray         That few conservatives are invited to speak on college and university …2014/08/14Notes on Books2014-08-14 11:12:00
259 Making Gay Okay Few societal changes have rivaled the rapidity with which homosexuality has been mainstreamed in America!  …2014/07/01Notes on Books2014-07-01 11:28:00
258 Things That MatterOne of the nation’s most eminent columnists and TV commentators, Charles Krauthammer, has collected a …2014/06/01Notes on Books2014-06-01 11:09:00
257 The 21st Century Church  Discerning the face and future of the Church at the beginning of the 21st …2014/05/01Notes on Books2014-05-01 11:02:00
256 Communist Infiltration  Given the currently aggressive behavior of Vladimir Putin—positioning Russia to recapture some her lost …2014/04/01Notes on Books2014-04-01 10:54:00
255 “The Experience of God”One of my best discoveries in graduate school—learned quite apart from my course work—was the …2014/03/01Notes on Books2014-03-01 10:50:00
254 DisinformationFor two centuries the world has been shaped by currents unleashed in the French Revolution, …2014/02/01Notes on Books2014-02-01 10:25:00
253 What Darwin Got Wrong Two distinguished professors of cognitive science—Jerry Foder (Rutgers) and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (University of Arizona)—argue, in …2014/01/01Notes on Books2014-01-01 10:18:00
252 Admirable AutobiographiesFor forty years Michael Novak has been a very visible and influential public intellectual, writing …2013/12/01Notes on Books2013-12-01 10:12:00
251 Vietnam RevisitedWhen I began my college teaching career in January, 1966, America’s involvement in the Vietnam …2013/11/01Notes on Books2013-11-01 10:07:00
250 The Roots of Radical Islam To understand radical Islam’s emergence during the last half of the 20th century, Lawrence Wright’s …2013/10/01Notes on Books2013-10-01 11:49:40
249 “Mind and Cosmos”   Academic philosophers rarely grace the covers of newsmagazines, but the March 25 issue of …2013/09/01Notes on Books2013-09-01 11:45:40
248 “The Rising Tyranny of Ecology”In 1973, Alston Chase abandoned his academic career—as a tenured philosophy professor with degrees from …2013/08/01Notes on Books2013-08-01 11:41:45
247 How Liberalism Became Our State ReligionBarack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign and election clearly appealed to and elicited a strongly religious …2013/07/01Notes on Books2013-07-01 11:38:20
246 Christ the King For most of his life N.T. Wright—one of the world’s most distinguished biblical scholars as …2013/06/01Notes on Books2013-06-01 11:34:46
245 Refuting RelativismWhile the recently installed Pope Francis urges empathy with the poor he also laments the …2013/05/01Notes on Books2013-05-01 11:24:45
244 Fewer . . . and Fewer of Us  Among the handful of must-read 20th century dystopian novels—Aldus Huxley’s Brave New World; George …2013/04/01Notes on Books2013-04-01 11:18:36
243 Scared to Death Though I routinely recommend various books wishing them widely read, I occasionally finish one wishing …2013/03/01Notes on Books2013-03-01 11:14:00
242 Nancy Pearcey’s Apologetics As a restless, questing college student immersed in the relativism and subjectivism of her milieu, …2013/02/01Notes on Books2013-02-01 11:08:47
241 “Dupes” and “The Communist”Writing Witness, Whittaker Chambers—one of the most celebrated 20th century repentant Communists who helped expose …2013/01/01Notes on Books2013-01-01 11:03:56
240 Logic of LibertyMichael Polanyi (1891-1976), a distinguished Hungarian chemist who immigrated to England in the 1930s and …2012/12/01Notes on Books2012-12-01 10:59:20
239 “The Spirit of Munich”–Assessing Appeasement In The Gathering Storm (volume one of Winston Churchill’s account of the Second World War) …2012/11/01Notes on Books2012-11-01 10:54:47
238 Bad Religion, Toxic Charity, Dead Aid To St. Augustine:  “Prudence is love choosing wisely between the things that help and those …2012/10/01Notes on Books2012-10-01 10:43:07
237 “Hit the Road, Barack”   A recent issue of Newsweek featured a cover story by a distinguished Harvard historian, …2012/09/01Notes on Books2012-09-01 10:35:32
236 Stanley JakiDuring his long and prolific (41 books) academic career Stanley L. Jaki, an Hungarian-born Benedictine …2012/08/01Notes on Books2012-08-01 10:31:12
235 UnprotectedWhile working as a psychiatrist at UCLA, Miriam Grossman, M.D., grew distressed by the fact …2012/07/01Notes on Books2012-07-01 10:27:00
234 Calvinism, For and AgainstEvangelicals in America have generally divided (notwithstanding myriad subdivisions) into two contending camps:  Calvinists and …2012/06/01Notes on Books2012-06-01 10:22:31
233 Real EducationIn Real Education:  Four Simple Truths for Bringing America’s Schools Back to Reality (New York:  …2012/05/01Notes on Books2012-05-01 10:18:24
232 Indivisible & ResurgentThe reality of “Evangelicals and Catholics together”—what Baptist theologian Timothy George calls “the ecumenism of …2012/04/01Notes on Books2012-04-01 10:14:18
231 A Christian America or a Religious Republic?In The Search for Christian America (Colorado Springs:  Helmers & Howard, c. 1989), three eminent …2012/03/01Notes on Books2012-03-01 11:43:00
230 God and Reagan, Bush, ClintonIn God and Ronald Reagan:  A Spiritual Life (New York:  ReganBooks, c. 2004), Paul Kengor, …2012/02/01Notes on Books2012-02-01 11:39:17
229 “A Country I Do Not Recognize”In his dissent from a 1996 Supreme Court decision, Justice Antonin Scalia lamented:  “‘Day by …2012/01/01Notes on Books2012-01-01 11:35:07
228 Great Men’s BiographiesNo 20th century theologian elicits more admiration than Dietrich Bonhoeffer, for whom Eric Metaxas’s recent …2011/12/01Notes on Books2011-12-01 11:30:38
227 Scrutinizing Naturalism  Plato’s dialogues persistently probe the essence of the good society, and his final treatise, …2011/11/01Notes on Books2011-11-01 11:25:14
226 “The Burden of Bad Ideas”One of this nation’s most eminent playwrights, David Mamet, occupies an elevated position in contemporary …2011/10/01Notes on Books2011-10-01 11:19:17
225 Christopher DawsonWhile in graduate school I fortuitously encountered the works of Christopher Dawson, who significantly shaped …2011/09/01Notes on Books2011-09-01 10:59:39
224 Leviathan RisingFew of the past century’s developments rival the growth of big government in America.   …2011/08/01Notes on Books2011-08-01 10:49:13
223 Women and the Future of the FamilyIn 1998 Elizabeth Fox-Genovese, a distinguished humanities professor at Emory University, gave the Kuyper Lectures …2011/07/01Notes on Books2011-07-01 10:44:35
222 Housing Boom & BustIn 2002—under the auspices of “compassionate conservatism”—President George W. Bush promoted affordable housing for all …2011/06/01Notes on Books2011-06-01 10:40:39
221 Intellectuals and Society“Experts,” according to an ancient and prescient adage, “should be on tap, not on top.”  …2011/05/01Notes on Books2011-05-01 12:02:04
220 Defending LifeFor 20 years I showed my ethics students Silent Scream, a moving anti-abortion film narrated …2011/04/01Notes on Books2011-04-01 11:56:57
219 Reason & ChristianityRodney Stark, a professor at Baylor University, clearly declares the thesis of The Victory of …2011/03/01Notes on Books2011-03-01 11:52:00
218 A Divine Invention: Marriage“There are two rocks,” said F. W. Robertson, “in this world of ours, on which …2011/02/01Notes on Books2011-02-01 11:47:47
217 Obama AppraisedWhereas journalists generally write books based upon interviews and other journalists’ accounts,   Stanley Kurtz …2011/01/01Notes on Books2011-01-01 11:43:41
216 In the Beginning: InformationBefore he retired Werner Gitt was a professor at the German Federal Institute of Physics …2010/12/01Notes on Books2010-12-01 11:38:06
215 “The Battle”While Arthur C. Brooks was Professor of Business and Government Policy at Syracuse University he …2010/11/01Notes on Books2010-11-01 11:33:48
214 Life After Death“The immortality of the soul,” said Pascal in his Pensees, “is something of such vital …2010/10/01Notes on Books2010-10-01 11:27:45
213 “The World Turned Upside Down”Fifty years ago Bob Dylan sang “the times they are a changing,” and indeed they …2010/09/01Notes on Books2010-09-01 11:23:43
212 Modernity on TrialFortunately for the general reader, first-rate philosophers (whose scholarly tomes frequently target a select audience) …2010/08/01Notes on Books2010-08-01 11:19:16
211 “Money, Greed, and God”While attending a nominally Methodist university in the 1980s Jay W. Richards easily absorbed (from …2010/07/01Notes on Books2010-07-01 11:12:12
210 “A God Who Hates”Wafa Sultan is a Syrian woman who unleashes her anger at Islam in A God …2010/06/01Notes on Books2010-06-01 11:07:31
209 Roger Kimball’s Cultural CritiqueFew things matter more than our “culture.”  Few current writers better appreciate its power and …2010/05/01Notes on Books2010-05-01 11:03:20
208 Love & ResponsibilityThe late Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyla), now routinely called “the Great” by many …2010/04/01Notes on Books2010-04-01 10:58:31
207 Back to Aristotle & Aquinas with Edward FeserIt’s always delightful to discover an erudite scholar engaging his world with wit and wisdom.  …2010/03/01Notes on Books2010-03-01 10:54:00
206 A Signature in the CellIn 2004, the Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington, a scholarly journal housed at …2010/02/01Notes on Books2010-02-01 10:49:30
205 Global Warming Dissenters“It is useless,” quipped Jonathan Swift, “to attempt to reason a man out of a …2010/01/01Notes on Books2010-01-01 10:45:46
204 Democracy’s Despotic DriftSeven centuries before Christ, Lycurgus, the legendary architect of Sparta’s constitution, was allegedly asked why …2009/12/01Notes on Books2009-12-01 10:37:55
203 “Surprised by Beauty”One of my great consolations, since my late wife’s death, has been classical music.  Often …2009/11/01Notes on Books2009-11-01 10:33:44
202 Good Friends’ Good BooksThree years ago, Pastor Jim Garlow preached a series of sermons on the hereafter in …2009/10/01Notes on Books2009-10-01 10:27:31
201 Quantum Physics and TheologyI was recently privileged to spend some time with my good friend Dean Nelson while …2009/09/01Notes on Books2009-09-01 10:21:54
200 Christianity’s GreatnessIn What’s So Great About Christianity (Washington, D.C.:  Regnery Publishing, Inc., c. 2007), Dinesh D’Souza …2009/08/01Notes on Books2009-08-01 10:18:06
199 In Praise of PieperWhile caring for my mother in her final days I re-read Josef Pieper’s Death and …2009/06/01Notes on Books2009-06-01 10:14:37
198 Refuting AtheismAmidst all the discussion of the “new atheism” enunciated by the likes of Sam Harris …2009/06/01Notes on Books2009-06-01 10:10:54
197 Who Really Cares?The fact that Vice President Dick Cheney gave away millions of dollars every year (amounting …2009/05/01Notes on Books2009-05-01 10:05:44
196 Malcolm MuggeridgeFew autobiographies outlive their subjects.  Nor do journalists generally write literary classics.  So when a …2009/04/01Notes on Books2009-04-01 09:59:48
195 “Heaven On Earth”“We are all socialists now,” Newsweek Magazine decrees, so we should at least try to …2009/03/01Notes on Books2009-03-01 09:54:00
194 Why Men Never Remember and Women Never ForgetMarianne J. Legato, MD, FACP, is a professor of clinical medicine at Columbia University and …2009/02/18Notes on Books2009-02-18 09:47:28
193 Bolshevik AgentsAs archives and witnesses in formerly Communist lands have become available to historians, we better …2009/01/01Notes on Books2009-01-01 09:42:56
192 Life After LifeRaymond A. Moody’s Life After Life:  The Investigation of a Phenomenon—Survival of Bodily Death (New …2008/12/01Notes on Books2008-12-01 09:37:49
190 Examining ObamaIt’s always wise, when hearing politicians speak, to disregard their promises and heed their past …2008/11/01Notes on Books2008-11-01 10:53:19
191 Depression’s LessonsIn 1883, William Graham Sumner, a Yale professor, noted:  “As soon as A observes something …2008/11/01Notes on Books2008-11-01 09:32:47
189 McCain & ObamaTo better understand this year’s two presidential nominees, I’ve read their books.  John McCain has …2008/10/01Notes on Books2008-10-01 10:44:27
188 Revisioning LiberalismThe assassination of John F. Kennedy profoundly changed the nature of America, James Piereson argues …2008/08/01Notes on Books2008-08-01 10:38:40
187 N.T. Wright re ResurrectionOne of the most prestigious and prolific contemporary biblical scholars, N.T. Wright, builds upon and …2008/07/01Notes on Books2008-07-01 10:32:29
186 Michael Burleigh’s Histories  One of the world’s most distinguished historians, Michael Burleigh, has written a two volume …2008/06/01Notes on Books2008-06-01 10:45:19
185 Philosophers’ Memoirs–McInerny & Scruton“The best of a bad job is all the most of us make of it—except …2008/05/01Notes on Books2008-05-01 10:32:37
184 A Grief Observed  During my wife Roberta’s final days I re-read C.S. Lewis’s A Grief Observed (San …2008/04/01Notes on Books2008-04-01 10:09:00
183 Because They HateTo understand what motivates Islamic Jihadists one should read first-hand accounts such as Brigitte Gabriel’s …2008/03/01Notes on Books2008-03-01 19:41:00
182 HeavenAs you would expect, I’ve thought much of Heaven since my wife’s death last August.  …2008/02/01Notes on Books2008-02-01 11:56:04
181 Vanauken’s “Severe Mercy”Following my wife Roberta’s death, the most meaningful book I’ve read is Sheldon Vanauken’s A …2008/01/01Notes on Books2008-01-01 09:54:24
180 Former Students Write–Fleming, Frisbie, NelsonOne of the joys attendant to aging as a professor is to note the successes …2006/12/01Notes on Books2006-12-01 18:24:00
179 Our Meaningful WorldWhether or not the world is meaningful is a meaningful question.  Giving one answer, an …2006/11/01Notes on Books2006-11-01 18:16:00
178 Hadley Arkes’ “First Things”One of America’s fines thinkers, Hadley Arkes (a professor at Amherst College), has for decades …2006/10/01Notes on Books2006-10-01 11:49:00
177 Cultural DeathworksFew thinkers have more deeply probed the currents of modernity than Philip Rieff, a professor …2006/09/01Notes on Books2006-09-01 18:08:00
176 “Knowing the Enemy”: JihadistsMuch has been written, since 9/11, regarding the “roots” responsible for Islamic terrorism.  Marxists cite …2006/08/01Notes on Books2006-08-01 17:34:00
175 Are Men Necessary? Dowd, Mansfield, Eldridge, O’BierneThough I’d heard about Maurine Dowd (the Pulitzer Prize winning columnist for the New York …2006/07/01Notes on Books2006-07-01 10:04:32
174 Henry Adams’ AmericaOne of my former students—and subsequently a good friend—Allen K. Brown, an attorney in Fullerton, …2006/06/01Notes on Books2006-06-01 10:47:00
173 The Souls of Our YoungIn Soul Searching: The Religious and Spiritual Lives of American Teenagers (New York: Oxford University …2006/05/01Notes on Books2006-05-01 05:00:00
172 American Autobiographies: Buckley; Hillerman; MedvedIn 1951, when William F. Buckley published God and Man at Yale, there were millions …2006/04/01Notes on Books2006-04-01 06:00:00
171 Captialism & ChristiansReturning recently from a conference featuring some influential contemporary thinkers, I noticed a book in …2006/03/01Notes on Books2006-03-01 06:00:00
170 Disconsolate BritsRecent laments from some eminent British writers provide a somber appraisal of their nation’s current …2006/02/01Notes on Books2006-02-01 06:00:00
169 Original Intentions – Founding FathersAs a “new nation” America was uniquely shaped during the first half-century other existence. To …2006/01/01Notes on Books2006-01-01 06:00:00
168 Europe at RiskIn The Cube and the Cathedral:  Europe, America, and Politics Without God (New York:  Basic …2005/12/01Notes on Books2005-12-01 06:00:00
167 “Built to Last” and “Good to Great”I rarely read books on “leadership” or business management, finding them generally focused on “bottom …2005/11/01Notes on Books2005-11-01 06:00:00
166 Benedict XVIFollowing the election of Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI, I have read or …2005/10/01Notes on Books2005-10-01 05:00:00
165 Pragmatism’s FoundersAmerican historians generally note that “pragmatism” is this nation’s only uniquely homespun philosophy.  Now most …2005/09/01Notes on Books2005-09-01 05:00:00
164 Rodney Stark’s Church HistoryFor several decades Rodney Stark, currently a sociology professor at Baylor University, devoted himself to …2005/08/01Notes on Books2005-08-01 05:00:00
163 Churchill & Reagan SpeakFew historians today question the significance of Winston Churchill and Ronald Reagan.  Both men led …2005/07/01Notes on Books2005-07-01 05:00:00
162 Global Warming Forest                My father worked as a meteorologist for the United States Weather Bureau.  He occasionally …2005/06/01Notes on Books2005-06-01 05:00:00
161 War Against the WeakTerri Schaivo’s recent death illustrates the continuation of a process detailed in Edwin Black’s War …2005/05/01Notes on Books2005-05-01 05:00:00
160 Schroeder’s CosmologySCHROEDER’S COSMOLOGY                 Tremors cascaded through the philosophical community when Anthony Flew, perhaps the world’s …2005/04/01Notes on Books2005-04-01 06:00:00
159 Secularizing AmericaSECULARIZING AMERICA              In the 1960s, there was significant cultural ferment as Pope John XXIII …2005/03/01Notes on Books2005-03-01 06:00:00
158 Higher Education WoesAnyone seriously concerned about the souls of our youth should seriously ponder Vigen Guroian’s recent …2005/02/01Notes on Books2005-02-01 06:00:00
157 Taking Sex and Home Seriously“Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored,” Aldous Huxley wisely noted, and …2005/01/01Notes on Books2005-01-01 06:00:00
156 David Horowitz on the LeftDAVID HOROWITZ on the LEFT                Few thinkers understand the American Left as well as …2004/12/01Notes on Books2004-12-01 06:00:00
155 Aussie Academics: Biology; Philosophy; History                Though Australia stands, in many ways, on the periphery of Western Civilization, some …2004/11/01Notes on Books2004-11-01 06:00:00
154 A Century of Holiness Theology                      Everyone interested in the “cardinal doctrine” of The Church of …2004/10/01Notes on Books2004-10-01 05:00:00
153 Deconstructing The Da Vinci Code                In an era when large numbers of people take seriously the …2004/09/01Notes on Books2004-09-01 05:00:00
152 Anti-Americanism      ANTI-AMERICANISM          Jean-Francois Revel’s Anti-Americanism (San Francisco:  Encounter Books, c. 2003) …2004/08/01Notes on Books2004-08-01 05:00:00
151 Powell & Lodahl: PLNU Theologians      POWELL & LODAHL:  PLNU THEOLOGIANS    Two of Point Loma Nazarene University’s …2004/07/01Notes on Books2004-07-01 05:00:00
150 Appraising The Crusades      APPRAISING THE CRUSADES              Crusades and crusaders have lately elicited little …2004/06/01Notes on Books2004-06-01 05:00:00
149 The Case for A Creator      THE CASE FOR A CREATOR                         In 1959, Chicago hosted a …2004/05/01Notes on Books2004-05-01 05:00:00
148 Solzhenitsyn’s Warnings      SOLZHENITSYN’S WARNINGS                         During the 1970s I read most of Alexander …2004/04/01Notes on Books2004-04-01 06:00:00
147 The Cornucopia of Capitalism      THE CORNUCOPIA OF CAPITALISM                 As an adolescent, growing up in Stockholm, …2004/03/01Notes on Books2004-03-01 06:00:00
146 Child Care? Who Cares?“Train up a child in the way he should go:  and when he is old, …2004/02/01Notes on Books2004-02-01 06:00:00
145 The Homosexual AgendaIn 1986, United States Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger, writing for the majority in …2004/01/01Notes on Books2004-01-01 06:00:00
144 Judicial Tyranny?              When he argued the case for the ratification of the United States Constitution …2003/12/01Notes on Books2003-12-01 06:00:00
143 War Against Terrorism One of the nation’s finest and most able scholars, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Professor of Social …2003/11/01Notes on Books2003-11-01 06:00:00
142 P.C. Tyranny  P.C. TYRANNY                     SmithCollege, an elite women’s school, recently decided to eliminate the …2003/10/01Notes on Books2003-10-01 05:00:00
141 “The New Faithful”Just when the advocates of “contemporary worship” and “user-friendly” churches have succeeded in revamping large …2003/09/01Notes on Books2003-09-01 05:00:00
140 Dylan, Colson, GrahamIn unique ways Bob Dylan, Chuck Colson, and Billy Graham have left formative impressions on …2003/08/01Notes on Books2003-08-01 05:00:00
139 “No Free Lunch”“NO FREE LUNCH”   One of the most self-evident propositions is this:  from nothing comes …2003/07/01Notes on Books2003-07-01 05:00:00
138 Christians and WarCHRISTIANS AND WAR  In Mere Christianity, C.S. Lewis explains the “just war” position I’ve come …2003/06/01Notes on Books2003-06-01 05:00:00
137 When Character Was KingI never voted for Ronald Reagan and often criticized his policies. Towards the end of …2003/05/01Notes on Books2003-05-01 05:00:00
136 The Sword of the ProphetEducated in England, receiving a PhD at the University of Southampton, and doing postdoctoral research …2003/04/01Notes on Books2003-04-01 06:00:00
135 No Good Men Left?Barbara Dafoe Whitehead (the author of The Divorce Culture) is one of the premier scholars …2003/03/01Notes on Books2003-03-01 06:00:00
134 The Battle for the Trinity  We are, by nature, word-shaped and word-shaping creatures.  Consequently, we define and debate the …2003/02/01Notes on Books2003-02-01 06:00:00
133 Real (Christian) Ethics                  Most folks readily give “opinions” on various moral topics ranging from capital punishment …2003/01/01Notes on Books2003-01-01 06:00:00
132 Dissolving MaterialismMaterialism, both scientific and philosophical, undergirds modernity.  The physical world, ourselves included, must be reduced …2002/12/01Notes on Books2002-12-01 06:00:00
131 Islam: Past & PresentA widespread scholarly consensus exists concerning the Middle East:  to historically understand it one must …2002/11/01Notes on Books2002-11-01 06:00:00
130 Laws of Leadership             For many years John Maxwell has both exemplified and written about “leadership.”  Though his …2002/10/01Notes on Books2002-10-01 05:00:00
129 The Question of God                  For more than two decades Armand M. Nicholi Jr. a psychiatrist and professor …2002/09/01Notes on Books2002-09-01 05:00:00
128 Gifford Lecture Contrasts: Hauerwas & McInerny                  If we believe Time Magazine, Stanley Hauerwas is “America’s best theologian,” indeed, “contemporary …2002/08/01Notes on Books2002-08-01 05:00:00
127 Ropke’s “Humane Economy”                 John Zmirak, in William Ropke:  Swiss Localist, Global Economist ( Wilmington :  ISI Books, …2002/07/01Notes on Books2002-07-01 05:00:00
126 Recalling Education                Hugh Mercer Curtler, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Honors Program at Southwest …2002/06/01Notes on Books2002-06-01 05:00:00
125 “Coloring the News”                Years ago a distinguished columnist, Nat Hentoff, received the National Press Foundation’s award for …2002/05/01Notes on Books2002-05-01 05:00:00
124 George, Finnis, & Natural Law                 Princeton University, noted a century ago for employing stalwarts of the Faith like Benjamin …2002/04/01Notes on Books2002-04-01 06:00:00
123 Barbara Olson’s Testament                 Perhaps the best-known victim of the terrorists’ atrocities on September 11, 2001, was Barbara …2002/03/01Notes on Books2002-03-01 06:00:00
122 Body & SoulBODY & SOUL            In Body & Soul:  Human Nature & the Crisis in Ethics …2002/02/01Notes on Books2002-02-01 06:00:00
121 Skeptical Environmentalists                 Were more of us more skeptical, less credulous, fewer of us would fear environmental …2002/01/01Notes on Books2002-01-01 06:00:00
120 The Clash of CivilizationsAllegedly one of the most widely-discussed books in the Bush White House is The Clash …2001/12/01Notes on Books2001-12-01 06:00:00
119 Darwin’s GodIn Darwin’s God (Grand Rapids:  Brazos Press, c. 2001), Cornelius G. Hunter argues that Darwinism …2001/11/01Notes on Books2001-11-01 06:00:00
118 In Defense of TraditionHaving earlier read and relished the writing of Richard M. Weaver, most accessible in Ideas …2001/10/01Notes on Books2001-10-01 05:00:00
117 More Guns, Less CrimeGun-control advocates generally assume the intuitive “certainty” that guns per se encourage crime–so reducing the …2001/09/01Notes on Books2001-09-01 05:00:00
116 Dietrich von HildebrandDietrich von Hildebrand In The Soul of a Lion: Dietrich von Hildebrand (San Francisco: Ignatius …2001/08/01Notes on Books2001-08-01 05:00:00
115 Unapologetic ApologeticsUntil 1943, apologetics was required of Princeton Theological Seminary students. In 1944, as a result …2001/07/01Notes on Books2001-07-01 05:00:00
114 The Moral SenseJames Q. Wilson, a UCLA professor, hopes to “help people recover the confidence with which …2001/06/01Notes on Books2001-06-01 05:00:00
113 Michael D. O’BrienThomas Howard, a respected Christian literary critic, gives high praise to Michael D. O’Brien’s first …2001/05/01Notes on Books2001-05-01 05:00:00
112 Kids Who KillIn 1998, when Mike Huckabee was Governor of Arkansas, two boys (aged 11 and 13) …2001/04/01Notes on Books2001-04-01 06:00:00
111 Thomas Sowell on Justice“Justice,” C.S. Lewis said, “is giving equal things to equals, and unequal things to unequals.” …2001/03/01Notes on Books2001-03-01 06:00:00
110 One Nation, After All?Alan Wolfe is one of the nation’s most highly regarded sociologists. In One Nation, After …2001/02/01Notes on Books2001-02-01 06:00:00
109 The Atheist SyndromeWhile finishing his Ph.D. in psychology at Stanford University, Paul Vitz settled into a comfortable, …2001/01/01Notes on Books2001-01-01 06:00:00
108 The War Against Boys“It’s a bad time to be a boy in America” (p. 13) writes Christina Hoff …2000/12/01Notes on Books2000-12-01 06:00:00
107 How We Got HereIf you’re wondering “what’s happening now,” David Frum’s How We Got Here: The ’70s: The …2000/11/01Notes on Books2000-11-01 06:00:00
106 Sellout  David Schippers, under Attorney General Robert Kennedy in the early ’60s, led the Justice …2000/10/01Notes on Books2000-10-01 05:00:00
105 The Death of CharacterTo understand our culture, reading the works of James Davison Hunter, Professor of Sociology and …2000/09/01Notes on Books2000-09-01 05:00:00
104 Communism’s Black Book“Communism has been the great story of the twentieth century,” says Martin Malia, in his …2000/08/01Notes on Books2000-08-01 05:00:00
103 The Gospel of JesusFor more than a century the “synoptic problem” has troubled the waters of New Testament …2000/07/01Notes on Books2000-07-01 05:00:00
102 Chosen But FreeNorman Geisler, President of Southern Evangelical Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina, has published some 60 …2000/06/01Notes on Books2000-06-01 05:00:00
101 Intelligent Design  During the past decade, a committed corps of brilliant scholars has launched a powerful …2000/05/01Notes on Books2000-05-01 05:00:00
100 Marriage, Divorce, FamilyDavid Popenoe, Professor of Sociology at Rutgers University, has devoted his scholarly career to a …2000/04/01Notes on Books2000-04-01 06:00:00
099 Moral AbsolutesWhen he began teaching philosophy and government at the University of Texas, J. Budziszewski expounded …2000/03/01Notes on Books2000-03-01 06:00:00
098 Euthanasia and BioethicsWhile I find N. Scott Peck’s books a mixed lot, especially insofar as they tend …2000/02/01Notes on Books2000-02-01 06:00:00
097 America’s Real War“The whole of man’s history,” we read in one of the documents of Vatican II, …2000/01/01Notes on Books2000-01-01 06:00:00
096 Ideas Have ConsequencesIt’s always a delight to discover substantive thinkers whose works, while not widely celebrated, endure …1999/12/01Notes on Books1999-12-01 06:00:00
095 Collegians, Hungry For Heaven  J. Budziszewski, a philosophy professor at the University of Texas, has written a handy …1999/11/01Notes on Books1999-11-01 06:00:00
094 “How Now Shall We Live”The historian Will Durant once declared that “From barbarism to civilization requires a century; from …1999/10/01Notes on Books1999-10-01 05:00:00
093 Pastoral Perspectives  Pastoring, like parenting, necessarily entails both joys and pains. Surviving in ministry, Gary D. …1999/09/01Notes on Books1999-09-01 05:00:00
092 Envy, Property, FreedomEnvy, one of the “seven deadly sins,” sorrows at another’s good. When someone else enjoys …1999/08/01Notes on Books1999-08-01 05:00:00
091 Domesticating God?  In The Trivialization of God: The Dangerous Illusion of a Manageable Deity (Colorado Springs: …1999/07/01Notes on Books1999-07-01 05:00:00
090 The Case For ChristA former legal editor of the Chicago Tribune, Lee Strobel, has written a fascinating work, …1999/06/01Notes on Books1999-06-01 05:00:00
089 Socialism RevisitedA century ago, Feodor Dostoevsky, speaking through the character Aloyosha, said: [If] God and immortality …1999/05/01Notes on Books1999-05-01 05:00:00
088 “A Return to Modesty,” Marriage, and Motherhood“A Return to Modesty,” Marriage, and Motherhood A recently published “American Freshman” survey, conducted by …1999/04/01Notes on Books1999-04-01 06:00:00
087 An Education For Our Time“AN EDUCATION FOR OUR TIME” Major General Josiah Bunting III, a Rhodes scholar who has …1999/03/01Notes on Books1999-03-01 06:00:00
086 The Character of NationsFor good reason thinkers such as Aristotle have urged us to invest wisely and well …1999/02/01Notes on Books1999-02-01 06:00:00
085 Faith and ReasonFAITH AND REASON “When the turmoil of this century’s final decade has at last been …1999/01/01Notes on Books1999-01-01 06:00:00
084 The Dying of the Light“THE DYING OF THE LIGHT” One of today’s more perceptive thinkers, William Willimon, Dean of …1998/12/01Notes on Books1998-12-01 06:00:00
083 Preaching, Prayer, Faithful ChurchesRoy Clements, says Ravi Zacharias, “is one of the finest biblical expositors of our time.” …1998/11/01Notes on Books1998-11-01 06:00:00
082 On Losing – And Learning – The VirtuesON LOSING–AND LEARNING–THE VIRTUES David Wells, a professor at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, established his niche …1998/10/01Notes on Books1998-10-01 05:00:00
081 Christians and the LawCHRISITIANS AND THE LAW Most of us realize the importance of laws–especially when driving on …1998/09/01Notes on Books1998-09-01 05:00:00
080 Should God Get TenureSome fine essays, dealing with issues germane to higher education, appear in David W. Gill, …1998/08/01Notes on Books1998-08-01 05:00:00
079 Evangelicals and Catholics TogetherEVANGELICALS AND CATHOLICS TOGETHER During the past 25 years a surprising development has brought together …1998/07/01Notes on Books1998-07-01 05:00:00
078 The Real Jesus“THE REAL JESUS” For nearly two millennia one Person–Jesus, the Christ–has loomed above all others, …1998/06/01Notes on Books1998-06-01 05:00:00
077 Destructive GenerationNumber Seventy-seven May 1998 “DESTRUCTIVE GENERATION” One of the finest books I’ve read in the …1998/05/01Notes on Books1998-05-01 05:00:00
076 Ravi ZachariasRAVI ZACHARIAS Ravi Zacharias routinely defends the faith in leading universities (Harvard, Oxford, et al.), …1998/04/01Notes on Books1998-04-01 06:00:00
075 Necessary Natural LawNECESSARY NATURAL LAW The Natural Law is one of the most durable of all ethical …1998/03/01Notes on Books1998-03-01 06:00:00
074 The Empty Church Explained: Destructive Liberalism Self-Destructingthe EMPTY CHURCH explained: DESTRUCTIVE LIBERALISM SELF-DESTRUCTING: For two centuries various forms of liberalism have …1998/02/01Notes on Books1998-02-01 06:00:00
073 Pitrim Sorokin RevisitedPITRIM SOROKIN REVISITED Harold O. J. Brown, a distinguished professor of theology at Trinity Evangelical …1998/01/01Notes on Books1998-01-01 06:00:00
072 The Divorce Culture“THE DIVORCE CULTURE” The Atlantic Monthly‘s cover story in the April 1993 declared “Dan Quayle …1997/12/01Notes on Books1997-12-01 06:00:00
071 On Having A Soul“On Having a Soul”    From earliest times we’ve wondered at ourselves. There’s more to man …1997/11/01Notes on Books1997-11-01 06:00:00
070 New Age, New AbsolutesPeter Jones grew up in Liverpool, England, attending school with a friend named John. “For …1997/10/01Notes on Books1997-10-01 05:00:00
069 On Looking Into the Abyss“ON LOOKING INTO THE ABYSS” One of America’s finest historians, Gertrude Himmelfarb, has published a …1997/09/01Notes on Books1997-09-01 05:00:00
068 Philosophers Who BelievePHILOSOPHERS WHO BELIEVE      Though university professors, especially professional “philosophers,” have a somewhat jaded reputation …1997/08/01Notes on Books1997-08-01 05:00:00
067 Walking With Saints“WALKING WITH SAINTS” Years ago Calvin Miller published a poetic trilogy–The Singer, The Song, The …1997/07/01Notes on Books1997-07-01 05:00:00
066 Why America Needs ReligionGuenter Lewy, professor emeritus of political science at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, has written …1997/06/01Notes on Books1997-06-01 05:00:00
065 Darwin’s Black Box“As we reach the end of this book,” says Michael Behe in Darwin’s Black Box: …1997/05/01Notes on Books1997-05-01 05:00:00
064 After VirtueDuring the 1990’s much as been written about “virtue.” William Bennett and others have vigorously …1997/04/01Notes on Books1997-04-01 06:00:00
063 Realism RedivivusWilliam P. Alston is one of the most highly regarded contemporary American philosophers. Now Professor …1997/03/01Notes on Books1997-03-01 06:00:00
062 The Gospel of LifeThat we live in what John Paul II calls a “culture of death” becomes evident …1997/02/01Notes on Books1997-02-01 06:00:00
061 Generation NextGlib and frequently negative references to “Generation X” are usually rooted in anecdotal and impressionistic …1997/01/01Notes on Books1997-01-01 06:00:00
060 Truth at StakeTRUTH AT STAKE Vaclav Havel, the dissident playwright who moved from a prison cell to …1996/04/01Notes on Books1996-04-01 06:00:00
059 Men, Women, and ChildrenTwo years ago Dr.Tom Goble urged me to read John Gray’s Men Are from Mars, …1996/03/01Notes on Books1996-03-01 06:00:00
058 Justification by Faith Alone?R. C. Sproul shares Martin Luther’s conviction that justification by faith alone is “the article …1996/02/01Notes on Books1996-02-01 06:00:00
057 Not the Way It’s Supposed to BeCornelius Plantinga Jr. lifted the title of his recent book from a tow truck driver’s …1996/01/01Notes on Books1996-01-01 06:00:00
056 Gnostics Old and NewDuring the past few decades “advocacy scholarship” has gained increased standing and influence in academic …1995/12/01Notes on Books1995-12-01 06:00:00
055 Defending the FaithIt’s always a pleasure to recommend a colleague’s book, and a new professor in Point …1995/11/01Notes on Books1995-11-01 06:00:00
054 Contemporary Culture, Faith and the ArtsDuring the past five years Gene Edward Veith, Jr., Dean of the School of Arts …1995/10/01Notes on Books1995-10-01 05:00:00
053 Liberty Endangered?One of my former students, Allen Brown, a lawyer, urged me to read The Theme …1995/09/01Notes on Books1995-09-01 05:00:00
052 Pneumatology: Protestant and CatholicPNEUMATOLOGY: PROTESTANT AND CATHOLIC Jurgen Moltmann, one of the most influential Protestant theologians in the …1995/08/01Notes on Books1995-08-01 05:00:00
051 Early Christian HistoryScholarly assessments of early Christianity continue, unabated–illustrating, if nothing else, the perennial allure of Jesus …1995/07/01Notes on Books1995-07-01 05:00:00
050 For the Soul of the UniversityOne of America’s finest scholars, George M. Marsden, offers us a first-rate intellectual history in …1995/06/01Notes on Books1995-06-01 05:00:00
049 Compassion, Justice and RedistributionMost of us know the U.S. has spent some five trillion dollars, fighting the “war …1995/05/01Notes on Books1995-05-01 05:00:00
048 Prayer and Spiritual FormationHaving been blessed by the writings of Thomas Dubay (especially Fire Within), I was delighted …1995/04/01Notes on Books1995-04-01 06:00:00
047 Peterson on PastoringMy friend and fellow-bibliophile Larry Powell gave me Under the Unpredictable Plant: And Exploration in …1995/03/01Notes on Books1995-03-01 06:00:00
046 Families MatterMotherhood Deferred: A Woman’s Journey by Anne Taylor Fleming (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, c. …1995/02/01Notes on Books1995-02-01 06:00:00
045 The Scandal of EvangelismTHE SCANDAL OF EVANGELICALISM In The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (Grand Rapids: William B. …1995/01/01Notes on Books1995-01-01 06:00:00
044 Reclaiming America’s MoralityWhen journalists and politicians join preachers lamenting the loss of ethics in America, it’s time …1994/12/01Notes on Books1994-12-01 06:00:00
043 Dunning and Grider: Holiness TheologiansTwo of the finest theologians in the Church of the Nazarene have recently published works …1994/11/01Notes on Books1994-11-01 06:00:00
042 Generation X?“GENERATION X”? A recent article by Andres Tapia in Christianity Today (September 12, 1994), “Reaching …1994/10/01Notes on Books1994-10-01 05:00:00
041 Eastern OrthodoxyThough the perspectives of Eastern Orthodox peoples have rarely received much attention in the West, …1994/09/01Notes on Books1994-09-01 05:00:00
040 Men in AmericaMEN IN AMERICA Few issues touch hearts as deeply as those affecting families. From the …1994/08/01Notes on Books1994-08-01 05:00:00
039 The Slient HolocaustRoutinely teaching Ethics, I revisit the main issues which we face, including abortion–labeled “the silent …1994/07/01Notes on Books1994-07-01 05:00:00
038 Whither Christ’s Church?A recent (May 16, 1994) article by Robert Roberts in Christianity Today, entitled “Psychobabble,” blends …1994/06/01Notes on Books1994-06-01 05:00:00
037 Racial Perspectives: Black; White; RedRACIAL PERSPECTIVES: BLACK; WHITE; RED William Pannell, Dean of the Chapel at Fuller Theological Seminary, …1994/05/01Notes on Books1994-05-01 05:00:00
036 Education at the CrossroadsEDUCATION AT THE CROSSROADS The year 1989 was a historic watershed: the Berlin Wall came …1994/04/01Notes on Books1994-04-01 06:00:00
035 Jacques and Raissa MaritainI earlier noted, when reviewing Jacques Maritain’s Moral Philosophy in my May 1992 newsletter, how …1994/03/01Notes on Books1994-03-01 06:00:00
034 Democracy In AmericaI took the advice of two good friends, Allen Brown and John Wilson, and read …1994/02/01Notes on Books1994-02-01 06:00:00
033 The USA TodayWhen someone as renowned and knowledgeable as Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. fears an impending unravelling …1994/01/01Notes on Books1994-01-01 06:00:00
032 Higher EducationI recently read that Allan Bloom’s The Closing of the American Mind (New York: Simon …1993/12/01Notes on Books1993-12-01 06:00:00
031 Evangelical TheologyDavid D. Wells, a professor of theology at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, has launched a missile, …1993/11/01Notes on Books1993-11-01 06:00:00
030 Oden’s Magnum OpusShould Thomas C. Oden proves to be a harbinger of things to come, systematic theology …1993/10/01Notes on Books1993-10-01 05:00:00
029 Foundations For Our FaithOne of C.S. Lewis’s maxims I agree with (but too often fail to heed) is …1993/09/01Notes on Books1993-09-01 05:00:00
028 Modern MoralityDuring the past decade, a swelling chorus of journalistic lament and breastbeating has decried the …1993/08/01Notes on Books1993-08-01 05:00:00
027 Colson, Steele, SykesI’ve read most of Chuck Colson’s books, often recommend them to students, and I consider …1993/07/01Notes on Books1993-07-01 05:00:00
026 Thomas V. MorrisDuring the past decade, a young Notre Dame philosopher, Thomas V. Morris, has published some …1993/06/01Notes on Books1993-06-01 05:00:00
025 Creation ConcernsIn 1962, while still in college, I received, as a member of the Book-of-the-Month Club, …1993/05/01Notes on Books1993-05-01 05:00:00
024 Gender IssuesDeborah Tannen, a linguistics professor at Georgetown University, has (in addition to scholarly publications) written …1993/04/01Notes on Books1993-04-01 06:00:00
023 Biblical IntegrityIVP has just published Is the New Testament Reliable: A Look at the Historical Evidence …1993/03/01Notes on Books1993-03-01 06:00:00
022 Philosophy, Technopoly(ERRATUM: Two perceptive readers (Don Hughes and David Whitelaw), who read my “reedings” better than …1993/02/01Notes on Books1993-02-01 06:00:00
021 Mark A. NollDuring the past decade a young (at five years my junior, he’s obviously “young”) Wheaton …1993/01/01Notes on Books1993-01-01 06:00:00
020 Culture Wars?Few of us, I think it’s safe to say, question the truism that contemporary culture …1992/12/01Notes on Books1992-12-01 06:00:00
019 Gore, Las Casas, JakiGORE, LAS CASAS, JAKI While in college, Senator Al Gore awakened to the reality of …1992/11/01Notes on Books1992-11-01 06:00:00
018 Conservative CritiquesCONSERVATIVE CRITIQUES To balance the fashionably leftist tilt of academia, one needs to read things …1992/10/01Notes on Books1992-10-01 05:00:00
017 The Art of Preaching TodayTHE ART OF PREACHING TODAY We who preach understand how difficult it is to preach …1992/09/01Notes on Books1992-09-01 05:00:00
016 T. S. EliotT. S. ELIOT Almost every year I re-read at least some of the works of …1992/08/01Notes on Books1992-08-01 05:00:00
015 Some Spiritual SustenanceEnduring institutions draw inspiration from their founding fathers. A new publication, Thank God and Take …1992/07/01Notes on Books1992-07-01 05:00:00
014 Modernity’s InquisitorsMODERNITY’S INQUISITORS The classic question “what ought I do” entails not only an ethical imperative …1992/06/01Notes on Books1992-06-01 05:00:00
013 Should Old Aquinas Be Forgot?SHOULD OLD AQUINAS BE FORGOT? While in graduate school I encountered, providentially I think, while …1992/05/01Notes on Books1992-05-01 05:00:00
012 Contemporary TheologiansCONTEMPORARY THEOLOGIANS Dietrich Bonhoeffer occupies a distinctive niche in modern theology–a focus for both hagiography …1992/04/01Notes on Books1992-04-01 06:00:00
011 The State of the WorldTHE STATE OF THE WORLD Since reading Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring thirty years ago I’ve …1992/03/01Notes on Books1992-03-01 06:00:00
010 The World We Live InTHE WORLD WE LIVE IN I’ve found a number of useful illustrations in The Day …1992/02/01Notes on Books1992-02-01 06:00:00
009 Newbigin – PerettiNEWBIGIN . . . PERETTI A year ago I was privileged to take part in …1992/01/01Notes on Books1992-01-01 06:00:00
008 God in Contemporary ThoughtSeveral recent studies remind us of the perennial importance of “our idea of God,” the …1991/12/01Notes on Books1991-12-01 06:00:00
007 Worthy HistoryOne of the best historical works I’ve read in some time is The Democratization of …1991/11/01Notes on Books1991-11-01 06:00:00
006 Science and ReligionIn the on-going dialogue between religion and science, some valuable perspectives distinguish recent studies. Christopher …1991/10/01Notes on Books1991-10-01 05:00:00
005 Sin-as-Addiction and Grace-as-RemedyI’m told Dr. H. Orton Wiley, the dean of Nazarene theologians, often said that once …1991/09/01Notes on Books1991-09-01 05:00:00
004 Higher Education in AmericaSince Allen Bloom published The Closing of the American Mind in the mid-1980’s, several probing …1991/08/01Notes on Books1991-08-01 05:00:00
003 Against HeresiesProbing the past for perspectives on the present, a Presbyterian pastor in Saint John, New …1991/07/01Notes on Books1991-07-01 05:00:00
002 A Hunger for TraditionAt a recent meeting Wheaton’s Professor Robert E. Webber challenged us to rediscover and reemphasize …1991/06/01Notes on Books1991-06-01 05:00:00
001 America’s Youth CultureWe who work with young people today sometimes sense the acute need for cross-cultural communication! …1991/05/01Notes on Books1991-05-01 05:00:00
000 Chronological List of Books#1     May 1991     AMERICA’S YOUTH CULTURE            …1990/04/01Notes on Books1990-04-01 10:01:00