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All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics

All Shook Up: Music, Passion, and Politics. By Carson Holloway. Originally published in The New Oxford Review Does music have any influence on character development? Rock music culture is corrosive to ideals most people wish to instill in their children, but perhaps the music can be extracted from the sexual evocation and desultory work ethic […]


Bridal Mysticism

The Church Impotent: The Feminization of Christianity.  By Leon J. Podles The Church Impotent is not one more wearisome tract about goddess worship at convocations of Christian organizations. This book is a scholarly analysis of an appallingly misconstrued metaphorical theology beginning as early as the 13th century and continuing through the medieval period, the Reformation, […]

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Jesus without the Supernatural

The Last Week: What the Gospels Really Teach About Jesus’s Final Days in Jerusalem Marcus J. Borg & John Dominic Crossan The Last Week, by John Dominic Crossan and Marcus Borg, is based on the Gospel of Mark. The authors, a couple of Jesus-Seminar scholars, assume that many things Christians accept as core doctrines, didn’t happen, […]

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The Resurrection as Revolution

The Resurrection of the Son of God; Christian Origins and the Question of God by N. T. Wright Wright’s approach to the innumerable questions about the resurrection is through the historical and cultural setting in which the claim was made. His book makes the strongest arguments I’ve read that the resurrection was historical and not […]

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The Monster of Perugia; the Framing of Amanda Knox

Last night my wife and I attended a gathering of writers who are presumably trying to improve their craft by engaging with other writers.  The featured reader of the evening was an infuriating author of a book about Amanda Knox, the girl who went to Italy for a year to study and is now in […]

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The Scandal of the Gospels: Jesus, Story, and Offense

The Scandal of the Gospels: Jesus, Story, and Offense by David McCracken Michael Dodaro Reprinted from First Things; Journal of Religion and Public Life Even occasional readers of the Gospels notice that Jesus offends or astonishes most of the other characters who inhabit these ancient narrative landscapes. To those with vested interests in the political […]

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The Victory of Reason: How Christianity Led to Freedom, Capitalism, and Western Success

Rodney Stark; 281 pages; Random House; $25.95 Reviewed by Michael Dodaro Most reviewers of Rodney Stark’s newest book concentrate on its analysis of the development of capitalism.  Jean E. Barker’s review in The San Francisco Chronicle is titled The Christian Roots of Capitalism.  One of three points Michael Novak asks us to reconsider in his […]

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