The eminent, New Testament scholar, Larry Hurtado, has gone to his eternal reward. In addition to my interview, Larry was always very quick to respond to my questions about the New Testament. Grace and greatness are not always found in one person. They were with Larry.
There is much I could say about this book, but I will keep my comments brief.
I typically read about sixty books each year. These are close reads with underlining and marginalia. I peruse hundreds of other books, but that is not reading. There is no doubt that this will easily make my Favorite Reads of 2019.
Remember Death is one of those books that I will use in my teaching, discipleship with men, and gladly recommend far and wide. It is beautifully written, consistently insightful, and thoroughly biblical.
I know it sounds strange to say that this is a book to savor, but it is. We must face our mortality with ruthless honesty, all the utter horror and ugliness. By doing so, we will find, as the author says so well, the incredible promises found in a relationship with Jesus.
Crossway is to be commended for publishing such a terrific piece of work!
Very good exchange:
This is the second book I’ve read by the happy atheistic gadfly, Christopher Hitchens. His writing is beautiful, funny, and makes you think, even, perhaps especially, when you disagree with him.
This was his last book. He was dying of esophageal cancer.
Read to find out how an atheist can have better theology than the silly notions of too many Christians. Read for the enjoyment of engaging great writing. Read to consider what kind of friend you want to be to your atheist friends. I hope you have some!
I read things on a regular basis that trumpet the glories of the Stoic way of life. It got me thinking about three options when it comes to death:
SECULAR folks think death is something we should not think of. We need to get distracted with lesser things. Ernest Becker talked about these things in his Pulitzer winning book, The Denial of Death.
STOICS say we ought to face death bravely as it is so “natural.” Everyone has to experience it. Hunker down and face the music. Stop complaining you weak-willed soul!
SCRIPTURE tells us that death is our final enemy (I Cor. 15:26). Satan uses death to terrorize us (Heb. 2:14,15). Christ says he has abolished death (II Tim. 1:10). We long for eternity (Ecc. 3:11). Death is not the way it was suppose to be. We can face it (contra the SECULARIST), but we don’t face it in our own strength (contra the STOIC).
No longer any shame…
Remember that you are moral…
Here is what Puritan Richard Baxter said:
“I preached as never sure to preach again,
and as a dying man to dying men.”