Just Arrived

I received a copy of Justification in Perspective: Historical Developments and Contemporary Challenges, edited by Bruce McCormack, compliments of Rachel Ehorn at Rutherford House. Among the contributors I recognize are Anthony Lane, Bruce McCormack, Simon Gathercole, and N. T. Wright. Looks like a good read, so, as usual, review forthcoming!

On a side note, amid the assigned readings for the semester, I’ve also been reading through N. T. Wright’s Surprised by Hope as I prepare to lead our Sunday night study through it in a couple of weeks. So far, I love it! His style, at least in this book, is very fluid and easy to read and he demonstrates a knowledge that spans a wide landscape. Of course, most who read Wright probably already know this. What captures my attention most, however, is his critique of what we might call mansion-in-the-sky eschatology, something with which I resonate loudly!

I’ve also begun reading Elie Wiesel’s Night, a short account of the author’s experience of surviving the Nazi death camps. Just through the opening pages and you already feel the weight of what must be an unimaginable burden the author bears. John Anderson said this book “should be required reading for the entire human race,” and so far it looks to be deeply stirring.

Αυτω η δοξα,

Jason

5 thoughts on “Just Arrived

  1. Glad to see you’re reading “Night.” And my comment, which you quoted accurately, is not one I say tritely or with my tongue in my cheek. I mean it: this book should be required reading for the human race.

    I’ll be curious as to your thoughts.

  2. Jason, I agree completely about Wiesel’s book “Night.” I used to require my NT students at Biola to read it, along with Corrie ten Boom’s “The Hiding Place.” Here were two people, exposed to the same atrocitites, yet who ended up poles apart when it came to their faith in God. Odd how tragedies work in our lives, isn’t it?

  3. Wiesel is an interesting case. One of my teachers in undergrad who is still a good friend actually knows Wiesel. Let me clarify one thing for you, Jason: Wiesel does not lose his faith in the existence of God. He loses faith in the justice of God. He has since said that he prays to God, yet only in questions. I think his account is surely powerful because of what was experienced, but also because it touches upon so many important points in regard to religion, questions, and the ones we call “other.”

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