#91 – Learning Theology With the Church Fathers by Christopher Hall (My 100 Favorite Books)

I've always loved history.  Throughout my life, one of the most impacting times was when I came in contact with the great tradition of the history of my faith.  Over the years I have spent time reading, and learning from, spiritual masters who have gone before.  I've also wrestled with questions and thought long about … Continue reading #91 – Learning Theology With the Church Fathers by Christopher Hall (My 100 Favorite Books)

Christianity’s Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath

Alister McGrath is one of my favorite theologians and his book Christianity's Dangerous Idea, is a fantastic feast for any who dive into reading it.  The first part is a history of the Protestant Reformation up to about 1900 which reads more or less like a straightforward history book.  In the second part he analyzes a … Continue reading Christianity’s Dangerous Idea by Alister McGrath

The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade

For the last year I have been listening to Hardcore History's podcast on World War I.  It has been fascinating and educational.  I never realized how absolutely awful World War I was, nor do I think I took seriously how much the world changed.  Really, our modern world was born in World War I.  Most … Continue reading The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade

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)

Mississippi Praying by Carolynn Renee Dupont (Review)

Were Christians in Mississippi opposed to integration in the 1950s and 1960s merely due to their cultural influences? No, argues Carolynn Renee Dupont in this fantastic piece of history.  Against the common assumption that religious beliefs were incidental and mostly unrelated to their racism, Dupont shows that it was the religious beliefs of these people … Continue reading Mississippi Praying by Carolynn Renee Dupont (Review)

History is Messy – Which is Why it is Awesome

I love reading history.  This post is inspired by a book I read about early Christian history.  Early Christian history makes the news every now and then, often when a book (like The Da Vinci Code) tells of conspiracy theories and a real Jesus much different then the biblical one.  The real history is fascinating. … Continue reading History is Messy – Which is Why it is Awesome