The Infancy Narratives

Review: The Birth of the Messiah. Raymond E. Brown Format: Paperback. Doubleday, 1979. Rating (of 5): 3.8

Ever since my first religion class at the UNC, I have been interested in the works of Fr Brown. While I definitely do not agree with everything that he has to say, you cannot argue that his exegesis of the New Testament is dedicated, well-reasoned, and impeccably researched. Right now, I am working on a talk regarding the [...]

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On George Fox

Title: The Journal of George Fox. George Fox. Format: Audiobook, Unabridged. Rating (out of 5): 3.1

I’ve had this on my list to read ever since I read James Michener’s Chesapeake. I wanted to understand more about the Friends movement and how it has impacted the development of the nation. Certainly, this was covered in The Kingdom of God in America, but there’s a lot to be said by going to the source. Worth the [...]

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The universal and personal message of the Gospel

The gospel of Jesus Christ is both universe and personal. In my recent work on the nativity sections of the scriptures, I have been paying special attention to the means by which the gospel is delivered, but also how it is taken by the recipient. One of the best illustrations of this is Mary in the synoptic gospels. Privileged as she is at receiving the news of her Son from an angel, and at the [...]

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Eustace and the Dragon

Review: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. C.S. Lewis Format: Audio (Unabridged) Rating (of 5): 4.5

Voyage of the Dawn Treader is one of my favorite Narnia stories. The redemptive power of the Savior as seen through the changes of Eustace Scrubb (so named because he “almost deserved it”) is perhaps the best illustration of how we change for the better through the power of the Atonement I can think of. The book is too perfectly [...]

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Meet Reepicheep!

Review: Prince Caspian. C. S. Lewis Format: Audio (Unabridged) Rating (out of 5): 3.5

I like Prince Caspian of course, but for me it really sets up the more advanced understanding of the Gospel: repentance, salvation, and faith in cooperation with the works your faith drives you to. I think it teaches a lot about tolerance, and quite frankly I am baffled as to why loads of folks see Lewis as a marginalizer and biggot, [...]

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Evangelists and the Christmas Story

Title: An Adult Christ at Christmas: Essays on the Three Biblical Christmas Stories, Matthew 2 and Luke 2. Fr Raymond E. Brown. Format: Paperback Rating (of 5): 4.0

I am currently working on a presentation on our Savior, Jesus Christ, for the Christmas season. While Fr Brown is not LDS, his insight into the New Testament is second to none. I appreciate his understanding of the cross-references and symbolism employed by the evangelists, and has [...]

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Academics and the Conveyance of the Gospel

As I am currently working on Bruce Metzger’s Canon of the New Testament I am impressed to write on what I see as some of the common misunderstandings of the academic approach to religious literature and to the Christian Canon specifically. Certainly, the attention to detail and depth of the academic work is always there, but much of the functioning of the Church seems to be missing when performing analyses.

Metzger insists on discussing the [...]

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