Wednesday, February 01, 2006

January Book Review

The Universe Next Door by James Sire - A helpful, informative tour of 8 different worldviews (Theism, Deism, Naturalism, Nihilism, Existentialism, Eastern Pantheistic Monism, New Age, Postmodernism), examining their claims, explaining their positions and critiquing their arguments. I've come to realize that before you can begin talking to non-Christians about God, you have to be able to understand (as well as critique) their worldview first. This is a good place to start.

Faith & Reason by Ronald Nash - Argues for the rationality of a Theistic worldview from a reformed perspective. Excellent book to give to a high school student struggling with doubts, or the Christian university freshman who's taken his first philosophy class and feels overwhelmed.

Life's Ultimate Questions by Ronald Nash - Covers some of the same material from Faith & Reason, but goes deeper. He tackles philosophy from a historical perspective and also deals with contemporary issues. This was my introduction to Plato, Aristotle, and Plotinus, which was fascinating to see how these philosophers tried so hard to understand this world, when we take for granted so much of the truth that is revealed in the Bible.

Prince Caspian by CS Lewis - Didn't like it very much. Too much talking, not enough action.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by CS Lewis - Probably the best one in the Chronicles for me so far... definitely up there with The Magician's Nephew.

Band of Brothers by Stephen Ambrose - I'm a big fan of WWII history, so I really enjoyed the mini-series, which was based on this book. As always, the book goes more in-depth than the movie, and this is the case with this book. Thanks to my sister for this great gift!

God's Greater Glory by Bruce Ware - Since I had Ware for Systematic Theology, a lot of the material was familiar to me, but it's still a great treatment of God's sovereignty. He provides clear, reasonable and convincing Biblical defenses to the most popular theological challenges to God's sovereignty (i.e.: the problem of evil, free will, etc...).

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