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Tag: Christianity

239: The Culting of America by Ron Rhodes

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239.9: Rhodes, Ron. The Culting of America. Eugene, OR: Harvest House, 1994. 224 pp. ISBN 1-56507-186-7.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 230: Christianity and Christian theology
  • 239: Apologetics and polemics
  • 239.9: Polemics against other groups in postapostolic times

For more than 2,000 years, Christianity has been shaped and reshaped by both its believers and its leaders. Sometimes, change happens in reaction to other faiths and sometimes, that change comes from within. Much like the other major world religions, Christianity and Christians can be categorized and subcategorized based on how they interpret their holy text or texts. There are Baptists, Adventists, Calvinists, Jesuits, and so on. Ron Rhodes’s The Culting of America is a polemical look at differing new sects of religion and how they can either shape or threaten modern Christianity.

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229: Reading Judas by Pagels and King

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229.8: Pagels, Elaine and Karen L. King. Reading Judas: The Gospel of Judas and the Shaping of Christianity. New York: Viking Penguin, 2007. 165 pp. ISBN 0-6700-3845-8.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 220: The Bible
  • 229: Apocrypha, pseudepigrapha, and other intertestamental works
  • 229.8: Pseudo gospels

In Christian history, Jesus Christ gathered twelve people to his side to be his apostles and spread his beliefs throughout the world. According to The Bible, Judas Iscariot accepts payment of thirty silver coins from the Sanhedrin priests and agrees to point out Jesus to the local authorities so that he can be captured and tried for purporting to be the Son of God. Judas’s betrayal results in the trial, crucifixion, and resurrection as depicted later in the Gospels. The traditional telling of this matter is done by the four Gospels—Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John—, but what if Judas himself got a say in the matter? In the 1970s, a papyrus codex was discovered near Beni Masah, Egypt which appears to be from Judas’s point of view. In Reading Judas, Elaine Pagels and Karen King tackle the new text to see if it can shed new light on old mythology.

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248: Silence by Diarmid MacCulloch

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248.46: MacCulloch, Diarmid. Silence: A Christian History. London: Allen Lane, 2013. 239 pp. ISBN 978-1-846-14426-4.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 240: Christian practices and observances
  • 248: Christian experience, practice, and life
  • 248.4: Christian life and practice
  • 248.46: Individual observances

One of the most powerful social forces is silence. A silent man before a crowd speaks volumes without opening his mouth. Silence is powerful in that it forces the listener to be still within themselves, to not desperately fill the moment with words. In an age where media of all sorts constantly surrounds us, it is nice to gain a little perspective and be silent. Diarmid MacCulloch’s Silence is a look at the use of silence in the history of Christianity.

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263: Journey Into the Heart of God by Philip Pfatteicher

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263.9: Pfatteicher, Philip H. Journey Into the Heart of God: Living the Liturgical Year. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2013. 350 pp. ISBN 978-0-19-999712-1.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 260: Christian social and ecclesiastical theory
  • 263: Days, times, places of religious observance
  • 263.9: Church year and other days and times

Philip Pfatteicher’s Journey Into the Heart of God is a look at the how truly observing the liturgical can bring one closer to one’s Christian faith. The liturgical year is the calendar of events that leads up to and includes the holy days. For Christianity, this runs through the cycle of Advent, Christmas, Ordinary Time, Lent, Easter, Ordinary Time. Each season is broken down further into seasons where different aspects of Christianity are observed and explored.

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233: God, Desire, and Theology of Human Sexuality by David H. Jensen

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233.5: Jensen, David H. God, Desire, and a Theology of Human Sexuality. Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox Press. 139 pp. ISBN 978-0-664-23368-6.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 230: Christianity
  • 233: Humankind
  • 233.5: Nature

David Jensen’s God, Desire, and a Theology of Human Sexuality is a genuine breath of fresh air in the discussion of how human sexuality, Christianity, ethics, and morality all intertwine. After years as a theologian and professor, he comes to a unique understanding on the matter. On the whole, his belief is that consensual, positive sex is a continual affirmation of one’s faith and relationship. His theology dismisses the old vilification of homosexual acts, but rather seeks to make the reader understand that is context, and not individual acts, that determines whether each act is honorable.

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271: Chasing Francis by Ian Morgan Cron

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271.02: Cron, Ian Morgan. Chasing Francis: A Pilgrim’s Tale. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013. 212 pp. ISBN 978-0-3103-3669-3.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 270: History of Christianity
  • 271: Religious congregations and orders in church history
  • 271.02: Eremitical religious orders

Chase Falson is a man struggling with his faith. The church he has spent years building in New England is doing well, but he can no longer muster up the same cookie-cutter sermons Sunday after Sunday. And then, when the only daughter of a reformed drug-addict dies in an innocuous bike accident, he loses his cool in front of his followers. He decides to find a new faith, a new way to Jesus and to Christianity. Ian Morgan Cron’s Chasing Francis follows his path.

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230: When Donkeys Talk by Tyler Blanski

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230: Blanski, Tyler. When Donkeys Talk: A Quest to Rediscover the Mystery and Wonder of Christianity. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013. 195 pp. ISBN 0-3103-3498-5.

Dewey Breakdown:

  • 200: Religion
  • 230: Christianity and Christian theology

I don’t really know where to begin talking about this one. There’s no broad lede I can start from to introduce a writer who’s prepared to talk about everything in the cosmos as it relates to the Christian God. Poet and theologian Tyler Blanski has a fundamentally different way of approaching his faith and his religion. When Donkeys Talk chronicles his journey through the field of theology as he comes to understand it. Along the way, we meet a few friends that help to clarify matters and few who muddy the waters.

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