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- member since August 30, 2007
Hello again Taps,
Happy to have you back on Shelfari and BTS. I wanted to do a mini self promotion and let you know of my very 1st "Best of List" -
Let me know what you think-esp. in the comment section-if there are books you could recommend for An Eclectic Look in the Back of the Book. The teachers edition probably won't be on your list will it? :) If you like The Eclectic Look.. remember to click on Recommended. Thank You Taps!
Thanks for your comment on the review-the photography in the book is quite stunning-whether you enjoy photographing nature or architecture. Like your wife, I too at one time enjoyed dancing-in the Balboa Park San Diego Civic Youth Ballet as a Jr. High kiddo.
That's a great story. And, I agree... unity is key. Many of us, myself included, have a tendency to fall into tribalism with our theologies and beliefs. We should be seeking ways to unite rather than divide over our petty theologies. However, because of sin, I don't think we'll see that day until we are all standing together before our King singing praises to Him.
Merry Christmas, my friend.
First, here are a couple of the articles demurring from Metaxas' portrayal: http://www.christiancentury.org/reviews/2010-09/hijacking-bonhoeffer
They may offer some references as well.
Also, the Wheaton Theology conference in 2012 was on Bonhoeffer and you can watch the videos of some of the lectures on line.
One of the challenges is that Bonhoeffer wrote two-three types of literature: (1) things like "Cost of Discipleship" and "Life Together" that are relatively accessible but also most likely to obscure theological differences he may have had with current evangelicals, (2) theological/philosophical works like "Act and Being" which are NOT accessible to most readers, and (3) sermons, which largely haven't been translated. So his "accessible" works are subject to cherry picking, I think, for some of the profound things he said with which one agrees. (And for the record I would self-identify as a relatively conservative evangelical.)
Good morning, and Merry Christmas. I find it mildly amusing that such a brief "review" could have caught anyone's attention. :)
In answer to your question, being no Bonhoeffer scholar I did a bit of research before reading the biography. There has been no small amount of criticism of Metaxas's bio among those who are Bonhoeffer scholars. The principal criticism seems to be that he has presented a somewhat sanitized version of Bonhoeffer that would be more appealing to a conservative Evangelical audience. Personally, I think the main way he has done this is by focusing on the events of Bonhoeffer's life rather than aspects of his theological thought. I found the book woefully short in interaction with Bonhoeffer as a thinker except on a few select issues that "biographize" well. Hope this helps.
Good to hear from you my friend. Thank you for your kind response to my rather direct book review. If you read my review and saw my history with Calvinism and Calvinists, perhaps you can understand why I have become somewhat jaded towards Calvinism. I have had a bad experience with those who call themselves Calvinists. Ironically, I have since gotten over it, but it has left a bitter taste in my mouth. This doesn't mean that I have trouble with all of those who are Calvinists in general. I have met several Calvinists in recent years who I have recently befriended who have dispelled the reputation that all Calvinists are mean and arrogant. In fact, one such Calvinist I am very good friends with and he assures me that not all Calvinists are mean, arrogant, and prideful. He is one such example. And, please know that although I don't know you personally, you come across as gentle, humble, and kind yourself. So, please forgive me if I may have hit a nerve in my book review. It was nothing personal towards you, but perhaps an emotional reflection of my history with Calvinism.
Many blessings to you. And may God richly bless you and your family.
In His Grace,
Hi again Taps,
Came across a book while browsing in the library-thought it might be of interest to you-Alphabet Kids Fromm ADD to Zellweger Syndrome A Guide to Developmental, Neurobiological and Psychological Disorders for Parents and Professionals-The book speaks about how disorders/differences oftentimes overlap-which I found interesting-of course I would find this idea interesting-since practically everything overlaps in my thinking. Enjoy your S.F. weather!
Got'cha Taps. Yes I agree that it would depend upon how Family music is defined. I am not sure of my cousin's exact title -something along the lines of family and school education.I haven't facebooked her yet-I just thought it was prophetic that you mentioned Cage right before the N.Y. article was published!
How is the heat in your area? Where I am situated in S.D. it is too hot for my liking. The county libraries have "Cool Zones" for people who do not have A.C. -of which I am one. My dog chewed through the electrical wires awhile back and I never got around to repairing the damage. I broke out my fan a couple days ago for the first time this yr. due to the extreme heat. My brother lives in Phoenix, Az. so I suppose I should not complain-Death Valley Temps-Till next time-try to stay cool :)
I have a second cousin who works as an associate for the Weill Music Institute at Carnegie Hall-she was asking about what type of music would be of interest to families-I'll have to let her know how you feel about Cage. I haven't gotten a chance to listen yet-but you know me-I will eventually:) Thanks for the current New York Times article on Cage.