Category Archives: Books

Van der Weyden’s Last Judgement Spooked Atheist Peter Hitchens in Broad Daylight


  Scoffing, he said, ‘Couldn’t these people think of anything else to paint?’ If there ever was a case of art in the cause for Christ then this anecdote will certainly qualify. In fact, as Peter Hitchens put it in his book , 500 years after his death Van der Weyden was still earning his…
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The Sublime Definition of Beauty That Leo Tolstoy Pooh-Poohed


In which I encounter one of the most sublime definitions of beauty–because God cares about art. In the last two decades of the 19th Century Leo Tolstoy went on a philosophical and polemical tear, attacking the Russian church, landowners and even the Gospels. It culminated in a book called   To say this book is intense…
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Is John Nash a Modern-Day Nebuchadnezzar?


You’re probably wondering what a 20th century Princeton-trained abstract mathematician has in common with a Babylonian ruler who reigned around 600 B.C. Not much, really. Except they both went mad. And that’s the connection I want to explore. Losing a Beautiful Mind Here’s how Daniel describes : All this came upon King Nebuchadnezzar. At the end…
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“The Messiah” Not Intended for Children Under 10


So…shortly after I published my little book The Messiah last Saturday…I had a brilliant idea. Or at least I thought it was brilliant. I printed out a copy and handed it to my eight-year old daughter and said, “Hey you! Wanna read daddy’s book and tell me what you think about it?” I winked. She blinked. “You wrote a…
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Contending with Christianity’s Critics (A Review)


  Want quick answers to objections the New Atheists, Bart Ehrman and Open Theists bring against Christianity? Then  is your book. Now, William Lane Craig [editor and contributor] says the book is both accessible and apologetically cutting-edge. While I’ll concede cutting-edge, I have to resist “accessible.” I’ll show you what I mean in a minute. Here’s…
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Your Personal Conflict with the Great Commission


  Simply fulfilling my promise to write about Radical all week. Suspend your belief for a moment. I want to change your view of history. In January 1703, shortly after graduating and failing an audition for an organist’s post at Sangerhausen in January 1703,  didn’t take up his post as a court musician in the chapel of Duke Johann…
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On Narcissism: Why You Are Not Special


  Narcissism–an exaggerated sense of one’s importance–is out of control. You can now  to follow you out to the clubs… Surgically make over your face to look like Brad Pitt… Even garner seven minutes of fame by broadcasting a video on YouTube of you singing. In , professors Jean Twenge and W. Keith Campbell examine this epidemic in a…
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