Bad theology, self-help, and Christian bookstores

October 18, 2007

This week saw the release of a new Joel Osteen book (and if you don’t know who Osteen is, Google is your friend), entitled “Become a Better You: 7 Keys to Improving Your Life Every Day,” which normally wouldn’t even interest me in the slightest. Actually, it still doesn’t interest me in the slightest; I have no fondness for Osteen, nor do I feel much in the way of antipathy for his preaching and ministry. He is, in my humble opinion, one of the most overrated evangelists I know of.

What is remarkable about the release of this book are some comments that I ran into about the book itself, although criticism of Osteen’s writings and general ideology is certainly unsurprising given his popularity and pre-eminence as a Christian figure in society. If we Christians are going to nitpick over something, high-profile seems to be the first place to start.

No, what is remarkable is what these comments say not about Osteen’s new book but about one aspect of the Christian sub-culture: Christian bookstores.

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Review: Intelligent Thought pt. 2

January 13, 2007

Continuing from part I, here are my comments on the last eight essays in the collection, with a short summary at the end:

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Review: Intelligent Thought pt. 1

January 13, 2007

As mentioned in a recent post, I have been reading the collection of essays, Intelligent Thought: Science Versus the Intelligent Design Movement. I stated previously that I bought this book partially because I was curious to see what was said about ID, especially since the list of names include quite a few prominent names like Dawkins and Dennett. So here are some of my thoughts upon completion of the book, starting first here with summary comments on the introduction and the first essays and in my next post with the last essays and the coherence of the whole.

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