Book Review: The Meaning of Jesus

The Meaning of Jesus

The Meaning of Jesus: Two Visions by Marcus J. Borg and N.T. Wright (New York: Harper One, 1999. 306 pp) Marcus Borg was a New Testament scholar, theologian, and author. Borg was a fellow of the Jesus Seminar and a major figure in historical Jesus scholarship. Borg attended Concordia College as an undergraduate. He studied at Union Seminary before matriculating at Mansfield College, Oxford, earning an M.Th. and D.Phil. He retired as Hundere Distinguished Professor of Religion and Culture at Oregon State University and died in 2015. N.T. Wright is a leading New Testament scholar, Pauline theologian, and retired bishop. He earned his B.A. from Exeter College and his D.D. from University of Oxford. After retiring as the Bishop of… Read More →

Book Review: The Passage

The Passage by Justin Cronin

The Passage: A Novel by Justin Cronin (New York: Ballantine Books, 2014. 912 pp) Justin Cronin is the author of The Passage, The Twelve, Mary and O’Neil, and The Summer Guest. His work has earned him a PEN/Hemingway Award, a Stephen Crane Prize, Whiting Writer’s Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in Houston, Texas with his family. The Politics of Story Portion a story into its disparate parts. If you dive deeply enough, you’ll find political positioning no matter the plot and structure. Dissect the story and throw it under a microscope. You’ll find a tendency toward conservativism in plot-heavy action narratives and liberalism in literary fiction. The forward motion of many action… Read More →

Book Review: The Promise

The Promise by Chaim Potok

The Promise: A Novel by Chaim Potok (New York: Anchor Books, 1969. 384 pp) Chaim Potok was born in Buffalo, New York in 1929. Potok became a rabbi after studying at Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He later received a doctorate in philosophy from the University of Pennsylvania. Potok is known for his best-selling novel, The Chosen. He died in 2002. *Spoiler Alert: This Book Is a Sequel* The Threat of Change The threat of the new ostensibly dominates the thoughts of many conservatives. At a basic level, the conservative line suggests no need for change. Things work well the way they are. What’s the use in transforming? When religion emerges in such debates, the eternal soul is at stake…. Read More →