- member since January 26, 2009
Hello Lee B, I read Amazon has you as a member “with” Randy Singer’s “Self Incrimination” on their shelf, so I’d like to recommend a collection of Legal Suspense / Thriller short stories, “Just Verdicts” - 3 Short Stories of Legal Suspense. ” It’s only 99 cents and a portion of the royalties goes to support Pine Valley Camp, a Christian Ministry that provides a free camp experience for inner city kids. Just Verdicts draws upon the author’s 25 years of law practice and his military background. Its not a vanity or self-pub book, but is published by Trestle Press, a small independent press outside of Philadelphia under its imprint, Helping Hands Press, that gave a Christian author a chance. Full disclosure - I wrote it and hope you’ll give it a chance. Best way to find it is to search my name on Amazon.
Joseph Max Lewis www.josephmaxlewis.com
OK. Here's Prothero's thesis in Religious Literacy: He believes several things have contributed to religious illiteracy that can be traced throughout Am Hist. Basically it's a combination of the anti-intellectual movement beginning in the mid 1800s, and the experiential emphasis of evangelicals dating back to Moody and even Billy Graham. That mindset extends to today in much of evangelicalism. He also talks about the desire to find commonality throughout our history as we became a more diverse nation, so that even in religious sectors the emphasis was on nondenominal organizations and churches, culminating today in seeker churches. All of this: anti-intellectualism, seeking commonality and focusing on religious experiences rather than biblical knowledge, has led to the nation...church going evangelicals as well...to devaluing knowledge of religions (christianity and others) and the bible, not knowing basic facts, stories, or characters in the bible. It really is an interesting read. He also offers a chapter on "what to do about it".....haven't read that far yet.
I haven't read all of Religious Literacy yet, just skimmed through the first part. I was most interested in learning the things that most people don't know about the bible...stories, etc. I'll take a look at it again tomorrow at school and see what he has to say about "the fervent" leading us toward religious illiteracy. I think it would be a great book for reading group.