Reads, 2010

Not the best year for finishing books. I read too much stuff online. Here are the books I finished in 2010:

The Puritan Dilemma, Edmund Morgan

The Rise of Puritanism, William Haller

Augustine of Hippo, Peter Brown

The Diary of Samuel Pepys, Samuel Pepys

The Death of Adam, Marilynne Robinson

The Bible, ESV {completed}

Rabbit at Rest, John Updike

A Grief Observed, C.S. Lewis

Eclipse of the Sun, Michael O’Brien

Is the Reformation Over, Mark Noll, Carolyn Nystrom {completed}

America’s God, Mark Noll {completed}

The Mines of Behemoth, Michael Shea


5 thoughts on “Reads, 2010”

  1. It was interesting in places. I may write about if I can motivate myself. In the main though, I feel that Noll doesn’t give enough attention to idolatry in the Reformational divide. A lot of modern writing seems to indicate the justification is the big issue between us, when I think that idolatry is really the largest hurdle. Bowing to man made images clearly violates the 10 Words IMO, and praying to the dead is rash and ill-founded, yet all I see from mainstream guys like Noll are issues of justification and the Pope which are more minor barriers in my reading of Catholic doctrine. I think the church at large is asleep on this issue, but it is crucial.

  2. That’s a good point that I didn’t really think about when I read it a few years ago. It helped me to think about the differences in ecclesiology between Catholics and Protestants, and I think that he’s right that it is a major barrier too. The starting points are pretty different in terms of the Bible’s relation to the church, I think.

    But you’re right that the images issue is rarely discussed and it represents a major barrier to unity. I thought that the book was too quick to assume that we can unify and didn’t pay enough attention to what seem to be insurmountable barriers. I’m glad that I read it, though.

  3. I am also glad I read it Scott. I honestly see no way forward on church unity although I think we should strive for it. The issues just seem too large and they remind me of the situation in Israel and Judah prior to the exile where you had officially sanctioned idolatry and law breaking as the centuries old traditional norm opposed only by the prophetic minority.

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