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Music in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity

John Arthur Smith Music in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity Ashgate, 2011 John Arthur Smith’s Music in Ancient Judaism and Early Christianity has been described as “the most comprehensive single study to date of Jewish and Christian music in antiquity” It is an academic monograph sharing the methodology of other liturgical historians like Paul Bradshaw, […]

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Notes on Defending Constantine (3)

A third note, this one, perhaps, more substantive. On p. 203, n. 45, Leithart writes, “Surely, though, empowering and funding an already well-organized Christian counterpolity counts as a Christianizing program, and one that Constantine pursued legislatively. Did Constantine intend to Christianize the empire in this fashion? No one can know, and no one needs to […]

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Notes on Defending Constantine (2)

Another note on Peter Leithart’s Defending Constantine. There seems to be some confusion at work in a couple of passages regarding Theodosius I and Theodosius II, by which I mean that actions undertaken by the latter seem to be attributed to the former (and possibly confusion over the Valentinians as well). Two instances (I’m not […]

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Notes on Defending Constantine (1)

I am partway through Peter Leithart’s Defending Constantine and am finding it to be a stimulating book to think with. I don’t have any intention of writing a full review of it, but I will have some notes to post occasionally so that errata can be corrected if the book goes to a second edition. […]

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Calvinism: A History

D.G. Hart Calvinism: A History Yale University Press, 2013  Usually the reader beginning a book by D.G. Hart can expect a good deal of polemic and a rather narrow historical narrative. The introductory section to his latest work, Calvinism: A History, might give the same impression, as Dr. Hart says that “Reformed Protestantism” greatly impacted the […]

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The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption

Kathryn Joyce, The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption PublicAffairs, 2013  Kathryn Joyce’s The Child Catchers: Rescue, Trafficking, and the New Gospel of Adoption is in many ways a sensationalist and inflammatory book. Even its promotional blurbs on the back dust jacket pitch it in this way, with one calling it […]

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The Politics of N.I.C.E.

C.S. Lewis’ That Hideous Strength is the third in his Ransom Trilogy and the least spacey of the three. A series that began…

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Third Ways: How Bulgarian Greens, Swedish Housewives, and Beer-Swilling Englishmen Created Family-Centered Economies – And Why They Disappeared

Third Ways is not a new release. It has been out for nearly six years now, but it still seems relevant and even forward-looking. The news has had several recent discussions about the question of child-bearing and child-rearing. And of course, no one seems to be satisfied with the current Left Wing / Right Wing divide […]

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Kingdom Through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of Covenants

There is little doubt that Kingdom Through Covenant: A Biblical-Theological Understanding of the Covenants (hereafter KTC) is a significant work. It has already garnered much attention online (see here, here, and here for a sampling). The book seeks to provide a third way between “covenant theology” and “dispensationalism” through an impressive collection of exegetical and […]

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Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics

Ross Douthat, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics, Free Press, 2012. Ross Douthat’s Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics is a very encouraging read. It gives the reader a detailed narrative of the fall of mainline Christianity in America, as well as the various reactions to this fall, along […]