Books

len on February 18th, 2015

I’m still working my way through the collection edited by James McGrath, “Religion and Science-Fiction” (Wipf & Stock, 2011. Earlier post HERE). It’s striking how many movies are opening up the question of what it is to be human — I’m thinking in this past year of Transcendence and Lucy and Her, and now of […]

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len on January 15th, 2015

Rubem Alves, the Brazilian poet-philosopher, died this past year. In his memory Called Keefe-Perry writes in Theopoetics, Alves had [a] vision for how it is that he could contribute: “The origin of my liberation theology is an erotic exuberance for life. We need to struggle to restore its erotic exuberance, to share this with the […]

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len on January 12th, 2015

“It’s all going to burn one day.” And of course, if heaven is our final destination, then we might have justification for not caring for the creation. Environmental stewardship might then indeed be a waste of time and energy. Although — the cost of ecological disaster is an ongoing and daily legacy, where people are […]

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len on December 23rd, 2014

I requested a review copy of the collection of essays edited by James McGrath from Wipf & Stock, and it arrived a few days ago. The chapter breakdown follows: 1 The Dark Dreamlife of Postmodern Theology (Janca-Aji) 2 Sorcerers and Supermen: Old Mythologies in New Guises (Robertson) 3 Star Trekking in China: Science Fiction as […]

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len on December 22nd, 2014

I’m still shopping for an agent for my first novel – DOMINION. 75,000 words, 225 pages. SYNOPSIS Dr. Tom Woodward is the Director of NASA/AMES Research Center, and finds himself in the active nucleus of a scientific storm. When Tom Woodward meets Drs. Chris and Lisa Torrance at the University of Washington, he discovers that […]

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len on December 4th, 2014

SYNOPSIS — DOMINION. Vol.1. 240 pages. Dr. Tom Woodward is the Director of NASA/AMES Research Center, and finds himself in the active nucleus of a scientific storm. When Tom Woodward meets Drs. Chris and Lisa Torrance at the University of Washington, he discovers that Chris has experienced an instantaneous ‘jump’ in space-time, combining a genetic […]

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len on November 25th, 2014

Canada has a reputation for justice, and for looking out for the small guy. And that reputation was probably partly earned and partly deserved — but much less true than we would like it to be, and less true since the Conservatives took a majority in government. While continuing to pay lip service to the […]

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len on November 22nd, 2014

“The most famous words about the city of Oakland, California came from the pen of Gertrude Stein. There was, she declared, no “there” there. This line has been widely understood as a casually dismissive judgment upon that city, and it has been used and reused countless times, as a barb directed at a variety of […]

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len on November 7th, 2014

An excerpt from “Churches, Cultures and Leadership” by Branson and Martinez (2011) “Praxis is actually the whole cycle of reflection and study on one hand, and engagement and action on the other. Brazilian educator Paulo Freire envisions praxis as the way to bring significant social change to people. He contrasted practice with what he called […]

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len on October 29th, 2014

At a time when the word itself has become disputed, we are still trying to take stock. Where are the world’s evangelicals? Where did they come from and what do they believe? This new title from IVP (312 pp) looks like a careful survey of the global landscape. The blurb from the IVP website reads […]

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