Why Professor Fincke’s Analysis of “God’s Not Dead” Didn’t Actually Care About What the Movie Was About

Professor (of sorts) Daniel Fincke set out to write an analysis of the movie God’s Not Dead. What he accomplished with it ended up being something else entirely. He admitted early on that the topic had gotten away from him, and that this had turned into much more than a review. It seems to me that it […]

On Phil Robertson’s Suspension: So It Begins

My initial response to Phil Robertson’s suspension by A&E is best expressed by Theoden, at the beginning of the battle of Helm’s Deep, in The Two Towers, Lord of the Rings Trilogy. They, too, were fighting to defend their families against powerful aggressors. The “it” that I sense beginning (accelerating, actually) now is not some […]

Causes in Christian History, From Stark’s “The Triumph of Christianity”

Book Review, Part 1 The Triumph of Christianity: How the Jesus Movement Became the World’s Largest Religion by Rodney Stark. I’m about one-third of my way through Rodney Stark’s 2012 book, The Triumph of Christianity. an historical survey of sociological causes and effects in Christian history. Stark is an historical sociologist; and in this work he speaks […]

Bach: The Voice of God In Music

I’m working from memory, but it seems to me that Pablo Casals, once widely considered the world’s greatest cellist, said that he began each day playing Bach on the piano. It was like praying, he said. Since I have recently moved my place of work into a home office, with enough acoustic separation from the […]