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The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way
The Christian Faith: A Systematic Theology for Pilgrims on the Way
by Michael Horton
Edition: Hardcover
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, April 10, 2011
Ideally a work of systematic theology should contain a mix of exegesis, historical background and philosophical reflection. No one volume work of 1000 pages can accomplish this with respect to all doctrines involved, but Michael Horton's new work comes fairly close.

Horton, a professor of theology at Westminster Theological Seminary, has written a work in the great tradition of Reformed systematic theologies. I haven't finished the book yet, but the chapters I've read set a high standard. Horton interacts sympathetically with Catholic, Orthodox and liberal strands of thought, but always maintains a strong commitment to the Reformed faith.

For example in the chapter on the millennium Horton discusses early Christian and Medieval traditions, Dispensationalism, interacts with Moltmann's views, critiques Grudem's support for premillenialism, and comes out in favor of amillenialism.

This is an excellent book and I recommend it highly.


Essays on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged
Essays on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged
by Robert Mayhew
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Orthodox Take On Atlas Shrugged, April 9, 2011
This is fourth, and apparently final, collection of essays on Ayn Rand's major works of fiction edited by Robert Mayhew. As with the other volumes in the Mahyew series, Essays on Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged is a valuable, if not very critical, collection of essays. All the contributors are (or were -- for all I know one or two have been excommunicated since its publication) associated with Leonard Peikoff's Ayn Rand Institute. But having access to the ARI's archives is a great advantage.

As with the previous volumes, Shoshana Milgram's essays are among the best. Philosophers Greg Salmier's and Darryl Wright's pieces are excellent as well.

I also recommend Ed Younkins' collection of essays on Atlas Shrugged. These essays are more creative but often not as polished.


The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations
The Gold Leaf Lady and Other Parapsychological Investigations
by Stephen E. Braude
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Introduction, October 22, 2010
I haven't studied the vast literature on parapsychological events, but I found Stephen Braude's THE GOLD LEAF LADY a useful introduction to the subject. With all the fakes claiming to have psychic and unusual abilities a fair amount of skepticism is required; at the same time it's important not be dismissive of the possibility that some purported pyschic events have no purely material or physical explanation. The skeptical minded should at least be aware that many people who claim to possess parapsychic abilities have been studied under rigorous, controlled conditions.

Braude introduces the reader a few of these cases and ends with a chapter on his Serbian-born wife who has used a rather complicated kind of astrology for fun and profit. I found the case of Ted Serios (1918-2006) particularly interesting. For several years Serios had the ability to project images onto Polaroid film. Although others could produce the same kind of images, no one could do so under the same conditions as Serios. I'm a little skeptical of Serios for reasons I won't get into, but Braude (who seems convinced that Serios was legitimate) at least updates the Serios case beyond Jules Eisenbud's work.

All in all I enjoyed this book and look forward to reading some of Dr. Braude's more techinical works.
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Essays on Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead
Essays on Ayn Rand's The Fountainhead
by Robert Mayhew
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not Sufficiently Critical, May 30, 2010
This is the third of four volumes edited by Robert Mayhew on Ayn Rand's four major works of fiction. As with the other volumes the essays are not particularly critical (all the authors are associated with Leonard Peikoff's Ayn Rand Institute, a quasi religious organization) but are valuable nonetheless. Shoshana Milgram's essay on Rand's writing The Fountainhead is excellent. Milgram demonstrates that Rand did in fact go through a Nietzschean phase in her work. Michael Berliner's essay on Howard Roark and Frank Lloyd Wright is also quite good.
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The Synoptic Problem: An Introduction
The Synoptic Problem: An Introduction
by Robert H. Stein
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Version Available, March 27, 2010
This book was updated and revised as 2001's Studying the Synoptic Gospels: Origin and Interpretation. That's a better title since the book covers intepretional and other issues, not just the "synoptic problem."


Ayn Rand and the World She Made
Ayn Rand and the World She Made
by Anne C. Heller
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ayn Rand: American Prophet, March 27, 2010
I enjoyed this new biography of Ayn Rand by Anne Heller, the first full-scale biography of Rand since Barbara Branden's 1986 THE PASSION OF AYN RAND. Certainly the book isn't perfect. I think Heller overemphasizes the influence of Rand's Russian upbringing and anti-Semitism on her life and work. For those who don't know, the book is very much in the style of Barbara Branden's biography detailing, for example, Rand's harsh side and the cult that formed around her. It is too bad that the Ayn Rand Archives did not give Heller access. As she says this made it somewhat difficult to find the details of Rand's life. In spite of this limitation Heller has given us the best account of Rand's life to date. And, contrary to those who would rewrite history, it's clear that Rand's movement left a trail of broken lives, not the least of all hers.


Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right
Goddess of the Market: Ayn Rand and the American Right
by Jennifer Burns
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4.0 out of 5 stars Libertarianism's Eccentric Guru, March 13, 2010
This book certainly merits the attention it has garnered. Nonetheless, I found it curious. Part biography, part intellectual biography, and part intellectual history of the conservative and libertarian movement, the reader it tempted to conclude that Burns has bitten off a bit more than she could chew in the space of 286 pages. Each of these topics could easily fill up a book of this space, so any number of tantalizing questions and insights are left not completely developed. For example we read that Rand had a marked up copy of Herbert Spencer's THE MAN VERSUS THE STATE, but the influence of Spencer on Rand isn't really discussed.

On the other hand, GODDESS OF THE MARKET is well written and adds new details to Rand's life. Burns confirms that Rand was a particularly difficult person, probably made more difficult and eccentric by a lengthy history of Benzedrine use. The revelations about the published versions of Rand's papers and interviews is worth the price of the book.


Invitation to the Septuagint
Invitation to the Septuagint
by Karen H. Jobes
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Study, March 13, 2010
INVITATION TO THE SEPTUAGINT is an excellent introduction that should be on the shelf of anyone interested in the Bible. Often the Septuagint is discussed as a topic relevant only to New Testament studies, but Jobes and Silva treat it as an important work in its own right. This study covers the history of interpretation, important scholars who have studied the Septuagint and other topics. Even those who don't read ancient Greek will benefit from this book.


The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament
The Cradle, the Cross, and the Crown: An Introduction to the New Testament
by Charles L. Quarles
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New Standard For Evangelical Introductions To The New Testament, December 26, 2009
THE CRADLE, THE CROSS, AND THE CROWN is an up to date evangelical introduction to the New Testament. Based on its scope and quality it may become the standard evangelical introduction to the NT for years to come.

No NT introduction can discuss everything a beginning student might need, but CCC comes pretty close. It includes historical background, textual matters, brief commentaries on the individual books, helpful charts and side bars on select topics. For, example section on Paul contains a life of Paul, a chronology of his life, a brief discussion on the "New Perspective," a review of his theology, and his relationship to Jesus.

The book's conclusions are consistently conservative, affirming the historicity and inerrancy of scripture and the traditional dating and authorship of the biblical books. The authors appear to be baptistic, pre-millennial, and non-dispensationalist.

For readers wanting a more mainstream introduction covering similar topics, I'd recommend Raymond Brown's.


The Pattern of New Testament Truth
The Pattern of New Testament Truth
by Mr. George Eldon Ladd
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Background To New Testament Thought, December 20, 2009
George Eldon Ladd (1911-1982) was one of the more important evangelical New Testament scholars of the twentieth century. He was pivotal in the move away from dispensationalism by American evangelicals. He accepted some of the critical approach taught by more liberal protestants, but insisted that it be used responsibly.

In this brief work Ladd discusses the three major strands of New Testament theology (Synoptic, Johannine and Pauline) and relates them to each other and the Greco-Roman and Hebrew background of the New Testament. For example, the Johannine emphasis on earth/heaven dualism is different from the Synoptic emphasis on the Kingdom of God. Yet it is going too far to see John as advocating Greek dualism.

Ladd is the subject of a recent biography, A PLACE AT THE TABLE.


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