- 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: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #582,531 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Douglas Jones is the senior editor of Credenda/Agenda magazine and 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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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.
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!
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.
"When the Confederate States of America surrendered at Appomattox, the last nation of the older order fell. So, because historians like to have set dates on which to hang their hats, we may say the first Christendom died there, in 1865. The American South was the last nation of the first Christendom." (205-206)
The authors look for the return of a New South, a "second Christendom, and if necessary, then a third." (207) Lest anyone think these authors could not possibly favor the institution of slavery, think again. Wikipedia quotes Wilson's ode to slavery Southern Slavery: As It Was as stating, "slavery produced in the South a genuine affection between the races that we believe we can say has never existed in any nation before the War or since." An April 2009 article in Christianity Today quotes this response of Wilson to the claim that he is a neo-Confederate: "I would say we're fighting in a long war, and that [the Civil War] was one battle that we lost."
That's not all. Ultimately, the authors desire to see the Mosaic Law established as the law of the land, jot and tittle. The Christianity Today article quotes Wilson saying, "There are circumstances where I'd be in favor of execution for adultery."
While professing to be Protestants, the authors appear to be Universalists and are derisive of Reformed theology: "Pessimistic Calvinists want the touch [of atoning grace] to be effectual ... for half a dozen people. But we are to preach an effectual cross, an efficacious cross which will manifest itself as nothing less than the salvation of the world." (213) Whether this saved world comes about by efficacious grace or by the New South's extermination of all God's enemies through the strict enforcement of Mosaic Law remains to be seen.