How the Christian Revolution Changed the World…Even if We’ve Forgotten

Sparta, Rome and Christianity Historian Tom Holland made a name for himself as a historian before his namesake was cast as Spider Man in the Marvel Cinematic Universe..  I first came across his books in the library and I read three of them: Persian Fire, which is about the wars between Greece and Rome, Rubicon, … Continue reading How the Christian Revolution Changed the World…Even if We’ve Forgotten

#6 – The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (My 100 Favorite Books)

Dietrich Bonhoeffer was an amazing person who lived quite an extraordinary life.  Its worth your time, if you haven't already, to read one of the available biographies about him.  I recommend Charles Marsh's Strange Glory: The Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.  Though I have to admit, Bonhoeffer comes across as kind of a spoiled brat in … Continue reading #6 – The Cost of Discipleship by Dietrich Bonhoeffer (My 100 Favorite Books)

#12 – After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre (My 100 Favorite Books)

“I can only answer the question “What am I to do?’ if I can answer the prior question ‘Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?” That quote is from Alasdair Macintyre's brilliant book on moral philosophy, After Virtue.  Macintyre traces the attempts to create a universal moral ethic after the fall … Continue reading #12 – After Virtue by Alasdair Macintyre (My 100 Favorite Books)

Social Justice and Caring for the Poor in the Early Church

A while back a popular conservative commentator got all up in arms over the term "social justice", warning his listeners to flee their church if the pastor mentioned it because it was code for communism.  He may be surprised to learn that the idea of social justice has roots as old as the Christian faith … Continue reading Social Justice and Caring for the Poor in the Early Church

The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark (Review)

When people begin to list the many faults of the Christian church throughout the ages, the crusades are right at the top of the list.  The image of barbaric knights journeying to the middle east and slaughtering Muslims is not uncommon.  Rodney Stark argues in God's Battalions: The Case for the Crusades that we have … Continue reading The Case for the Crusades by Rodney Stark (Review)

A Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahnd (Review)

For me, as for many Christians in America, it has often been difficult to separate our commitments to Jesus and our patriotism as Americans.  I remember singing songs to the greatness of America at church around national holidays.  More recently, I remember being at a Christian conference that recognized a national holiday with a powerpoint … Continue reading A Farewell to Mars by Brian Zahnd (Review)