- Paperback: 221 pages
- Publisher: Canon Press; 1 edition (November 1, 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1885767404
- ISBN-13: 978-1885767400
- Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #857,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the midst of a world seemingly gone mad, Angels in the Architecture demonstrates that this peculiarly biblical worldview has actually been lived out before however imperfectly, by the medievals who have gone before us. It simultaneously holds out the promise that it may actually be lived out once again. Thus, it gives us a hopeful vision of a once and future age of light. And for that, we can all be thankful. ---George Grant, From the Preface
[A] delightful apologetic for a Protestant cultural vision. . . . before you write off these two as mere obscurantist Reformed types, take care. I found that some of my objections were, on the surface, more modern than biblical. ---Gregory Alan Thornbury, Carl F. Henry Center for Christian Leadership
[T]his book cries out against the bland, purely spiritualized Christianity to which so many of us have become accustomed.... I highly recommend it. ---David Kind, Pilgrimage, Concordia Theological Seminary
About the Author
Douglas Jones has served as senior editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine and as a senior fellow at New St. Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho. He is the author of the children's books Huguenot Garden, Scottish Seas, and Dutch Color, and a contributor to Back to Basics: Rediscovering the Richness of the Reformed Faith.
Douglas Wilson is pastor of Christ Church, Moscow, Idaho, the editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine, and a senior fellow at New St. Andrews College. He is the author of Recovering the Lost Tools of Learning and a contributor to Back to Basics: Rediscovering the Richness of the Reformed Faith.
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I didn't agree with everything the authors put forth. I strongly disagreed with a few of their positions but the overall case they presented in this masterpiece was both inspirational and convicting, maybe even "life changing."
We, Christians, have much to learn from those who have journeyed before us and when we do we will find wisdom, joy and a fulfillment we didn't know we were lacking.
Wonderful! Wonderful book!
As for the content, I enjoyed this book tremendously, beginning with chapter 4 on the divide between the Christian and non-Christian worldviews. Chapter 7 was an interesting look at how meals were used in worship and how to recover that method of praising God for his bounty, without crossing into gluttony. It was a very entertaining chapter. The entire book is a very worthwhile look at all aspects of life, familial (chapter 11) and political (chapters 13 & 14), and how we have lost much to modernity and post-modernity, and how we can begin to recover this lost ground.
I wish they had gone into a few more specifics, particularly on the federal understanding of marriage, and while I agreed with much of the concept they were attempting to communicate as they discussed Bible translation (church authority) I simply cannot stand with them on the AV translation for today nor the textus receptus.
The chapter on God's beauty and holiness, which is essentially an explanation of what C.S. Lewis called "pagan northernness" and includes a mini-commentary on Beowulf, is worth the price of the whole book.
*What if Tolkien were a Calvinist?*
The subtitle suggests Tolkienesque themes. This book (AA) should not be read as a historical survey of the middle ages that ends with the convenient conclusion, "Oh, the middle ages happened to be thoroughly protestant after all." No, this book reads as a reconstruction of the Christian worldview-praxis drawing from the finest elements of Medievalism.
Pros of the Book:
1. Its hauntingly beautiful style. Chapters 2 and 3 are worth memorizing. They will teach you how to write well. The sections on Beowulf and "pure northerness" are worth the price of the book.
2. Its boldness. Modern-day Calvinism needs to make Calvinism beautiful. There is nothing wrong with that. Be winsome and witty in presenting the faith. More people might actually become Calvinists, who knows?
3. Its ability to say a lot with a little. At times the authors do engage in sweeping generalizations. Nevertheless, they also express some knotty problems with amazing ease.
Cons of the Book:
~1. Accuracy? Did the Middle Ages really teach this? Probably not. That's not the point, as I suggested earlier. This should be read as a future reconstruction of society along medieval lines, lines which have been purged (no pun intended) of its compromises.
~2. I am not convinced of Wilson's argument for the Authorized Text. He makes a good case, but I am not buying.
~3. The chapter on agrarianism has taken a lot of hits. I actually like it. But I was told that I shouldn't like it, so I acquiesed. Seriously, the authors could have better nuanced it to say "garden-city" as man's telos.