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Fools Rush in Where Monkeys Fear to Tread: Taking Aim at Everyone Paperback – February 27, 2012
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"Though he might not take himself too seriously, Carl Trueman takes the gospel very seriously in this wonderful little book. Trueman offers laugh-out-loud, insightful commentary on theology, culture, the church, and the Christian life. His rapier wit cuts through absurdity and bad theology like a hot knife through butter." --J. V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California
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Whether you're a Democrat or Republican (or neither) Trueman's Republocrat will make you rethink your politics. Similarly, his Histories and Fallacies should be required reading of anyone serious about learning from history. He also has several collections of essays, this being the third such one published. I had checked the first two collections out of the library while in Dallas, and they made great poolside reading. Seeing as summer is on its way (or in my case, it never really completely left) you might want to pick this up for some light reading of your own.
While I would classify this essay collection as "light" reading, there is kind of a heavy after effect to processing Trueman's thoughts. Rather than digging into the depths of some doctrine or reframing the way you read some section of Scripture, Trueman instead turns much of our evangelical subculture and Church practices on their collective heads.Read more ›
Although having some familiarity with Carl Trueman and appreciating his take on the church and culture, I had never read one of his books. Shame on me. Fools Rush In was delightful and if you read his blog it's exactly what you might expect a Trueman book to read like. The subtitle to the subtitle sums up the books best Taking Aim at Everyone. He critiques many of the church's foibles with a wit and clarity that is rare today. And lest you think he plays favorite, Trueman frequently takes aim at the Reformed crowd as well as broader evangelicals, Catholics, and pop culture. From the forward of the book Rodney Trotter warns that these essays "a book without a theme, without a constituency, and thus without a market" (Kindle Location 41 of 2549). There's some truth in there's no discernible flow from one chapter to the next and it would be almost impossible to provide a concise summary based on the structure of the book (see table of contents here). But there are some broader themes which frequently take stage. I will focus the remainder of the review on those.
The knot that kept the rope from slipping was the examination of culture. What was most ironic to me is that it is in vogue in evangelicalism to fancy yourself a student of the culture and to use words like contextualization, etc. Many of the issues addressed by Trueman are a result of poor interpretation of the culture. On the flip side, Trueman as a self-professed middle-aged, balding white male whose culture relevance extends to his fancy for The Who's is able to see trends in modern American culture and rightly apply the truth of Scripture to these fads.Read more ›
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Thought-provoking, witty and stimulating. These are the ramblings if an academic who has his finger on the pulse of cultural whims and whimsy. Not an easy combination. Read morePublished 3 months ago by David Fox
An excellently written and quite funny book. I wish I could articulate my thoughts like Trueman. I found myself both agreeing and laughing out loud while reading.Published 15 months ago by Boniface Wagoneer
I have to say this is a hard book to review, not because it is not well written nor was it was a bad book, but the topics discussed was so well spread it's hard to find a phrase to... Read morePublished on May 6, 2014 by Chris Ho
Trueman never fails. At least when it comes to making you think, laugh and repent at the same time. I loved every essay in it no matter what it was about. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by anatoly