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"Enlightenment Now: The Case for Reason, Science, Humanism, and Progress"
Is the world really falling apart? Is the ideal of progress obsolete? Cognitive scientist and public intellectual Steven Pinker urges us to step back from the gory headlines and prophecies of doom, and instead, follow the data: In seventy-five jaw-dropping graphs, Pinker shows that life, health, prosperity, safety, peace, knowledge, and happiness are on the rise. Learn more
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This book is fairly good, and desperately needed in our American Churchian culture, where every pastor (and only pastors) must possess an unshakable knowledge that God specifically wants them to be a pastor and nothing else. This book is much more biblical than the more recent "Am I Called?" by Dave Harvey, which more-or-less parrots the prevailing wisdom. However, even at 145 pages, it's too long - only about half the book by page count actually relates much to the topic (chapters 3-6, 10-11); hence the 4-star rating. Turns out proving the Bible *doesn't* say something doesn't actually take very long. Normally a 50% fluff rate would be grounds for 2-stars, but the central point is well-argued and sorely missing from evangelicalism today.
He's a cessationist, so he doesn't believe in any extra-biblical revelation anyway; thus the book's thesis is basically a moot point from his perspective. (Cessationism somehow doesn't prevent MacArthur, Mohler etc. from sipping the cultural Kool-Aid.) But his arguments are sound, much more so than any argument I've found for a special call to ministry, including Spurgeon's in his "Lectures to my Students."
For anyone wrestling with this issue, you simply must read the paper "Pastoral Turnover and the Call to Preach" by Paul Harrison. It provides a robust historical understanding of this issue.