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A Public Faith, Miroslav Volf. A clear eyed perspective on the possibilities for Christians living in a democracy with ambiguous religious roots and correspondingly ambiguous hopes for a practical Christian approach to life. His proposal for pluralism based on strong fidelity makes sense. His chapter on work is especially important and reminiscent of his earlier Working in the Spirit.
The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin. In process.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Stieg Larsson. Well, its not the Davinci Code (thank God) nor Harry Potter (disappointment) but the novel does succeed in presenting an interesting character in Lisbeth, a damaged soul that finds unorthodox ways of moral survival in a post-christian, post-moral, techno-money driven world imagined by a journalist driven by desires for success and sexual liberty.
Binding the Strong Man, Ched Meyers. One of the most insightful and troubling biblical commentaries I have read. Meyers traces the Northern Palestinian political perspective against Rome and the control of wealth and power on the life of faithful disciples to Christ. For extra fun read this alongside Claiborne’s The Irresistible Revolution.
Scepticism and Animal Faith, George Santayana. One of the least studied philosophers from Harvard’s golden age, Santaya is a wanderer at heart. Animal faith is the height of what we as physical creatures can muster from our experience of finitude and hope. Scepticism, a very thorough scepticism, is the only possible key to an appropriate system of philosophy, a key not found among any of Santayana’s predecessors or contemporaries.
Adela Cathcart, George MacDonald. This creative novel introduces MacDonald’s muscular and mystic Christianity. Adela is a young women dying of spiritual despondency. A cast of local characters share stories of light and love that draw her back into the land of the living. Many images presage C.S. Lewis’ novels and stories.
God’s Final Victory, Kronen and Reitan. This dense book makes the argument that the traditional Christian doctrine of hell does not withstand logical and moral scrutiny as well as the doctrine of universal salvation. The historical and hermeutical work is consistent and thorough, although the final conclusion of universalism still lacks the oomph needed to overcome the tradition.