A good review of a book I know pretty well!
First, bombard a notepad (find a good one) with my favorite black pen (links provided).
I am taking down anything I see, questions I have, possible connections, illustrations, etc.
Second, cross off those things that start to go in the first draft.
Third, tighten and edit first draft.
Fourth, make final draft.
Fifth, practice several times in bathroom with fan on so as not disturb my wife’s own studies. I asked if she could hear me downstairs and she said the neighbors could! That’s good!
Important piece no matter your religious affiliation.
The Amazon link to her terrific book can be found here:
First, this book is a meaty, yet beautifully written book of 600 plus pages. I made over 550 marginal notes in my copy. I read and discussed it with a friend which made it a very rich experience.
Second, even though her book is rightfully heralded in “conservative” theological circles, there are some things that you might find objectionable like Rutledge giving room for the possibility of universal salvation.
A thought-provoking lecture by a leading Roman Catholic intellectual. I tend to agree with his comments about beauty.
Whether you are following the theological changes Jen Hatmaker has made or not, this is a valuable piece.
I have two slight issues with Kruger’s piece. One is that Christianity in America is more widely anti-learning that he suggests. The other is that Bible-believing Christians are more widely nasty than he suggests. Even so, this is an important essay.
There are lots of goofy testimonials by athletes. This is not one of them!
I am grateful for John Fea recommending this piece on the inimitable, Mary Beard:
A few sections I culled:
She is not afraid to take apart her own work: at that same conference in the early 1990s, she presented a paper that repudiated one of the scholarly articles that had helped make her name a decade earlier, an influential study of Rome’s Vestal Virgins. It was an extremely unusual thing for a scholar to do. “She doesn’t let herself off – she’s not one of those scholars who is building an unassailable monument of work to leave behind her,” Woolf said. “She is quite happy to go back to her earlier self and say, ‘Nah.’”
When I asked her if she would countenance taking Isis’s ideology seriously, she said: “That’s the wrong question. There is no argument that I won’t take seriously. Thinking through how you look to your enemies is helpful. That doesn’t mean that your ideology is wrong and theirs is right, but maybe you have to recognise that they have one – and that it may be logically coherent. Which may be uncomfortable.”