Book Reviews Archive

Torture, Terror, and Theology

A book on mankind’s inhumanity to fellow human beings can never come often enough, as witness the genocide presently taking place in Darfur. Suppression can be as simple as letting people starve—as in the Sudan—or in accelerating their departure via the horrors of torture and execution. This is terrible enough when ordered by secular dictators, […]

Engaging Culture with Truth

With the Christian worldview under heated attack, Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr., the president of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, uses bite-sized chapters in his newest book to address challenging cultural issues. Mohler—a columnist, blogger, and radio commentator— writes about topics such as torture, truth, and law in a very readable style. In the preface […]

Creation: Full of Bad Design and Pointless Waste?

The explosion of intelligent design (ID) is undoubtedly one factor that has united the efforts of the New Atheists such as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. There is another, lesser-known group that has also been provoked by the progress of ID: theistic evolutionists. Criticisms of ID and support for Darwinian evolution are now coming in […]

Twenty-Five Years of Seasoned Apologetics Work

Since the 1980s, “reasonable faith” increasingly has become a brand directly associated with the work of Dr. William Lane Craig, Talbot School of Theology’s research professor of philosophy at Biola University. This is not the result of clever marketing or because Craig set out to create his own trademark, yet from the seminary classroom to […]

Ideas Have Consequences

Or do they? The Ancient Roman philosopher-statesman Cicero once said, “There is nothing so absurd that it can’t be said by a philosopher,” and, according to author Benjamin Wiker, “philosophers’ absurdities aren’t limited to classroom sophistry and eccentric speculations. They make their way into print and are thereby released upon the public” (Introduction). As dangerous […]

The Clockwork Despair of “The Watchmen”

It’s 1985. Richard Nixon is president of the United States, an aggressive Soviet Union is threatening nuclear doomsday, and superheroes are real. Originally published as a twelve-part series in the mid-1980s, the acclaimed graphic novel Watchmen1 made its way to the big screen in March 2009, complete with an R rating and a running time […]

From Heaven to Earth with a Story that Sells

On January 18, 1989, around 11:45 a.m., thirtynine-year-old Larry Donald Piper’s Ford Escort collided head-on with a semi-truck. EMTs arrived shortly thereafter and pronounced him dead at the scene. Unconscious in the wrecked vehicle, Piper claims to have spent ninety minutes at the entrance to heaven, seeing deceased loved ones, hearing celestial music, and walking […]

The Twilight Saga

“Twilight is my religion; Stephenie Meyer is my God!” —Team Edward 22, a young fan “Couldn’t stop crying for 2 days after I finished the last book, it was just so emotional.” —A seventeen-year-old reader Seventeen-year-old Bella falls for Edward, who is beautiful, mysterious, powerful, and dangerous, but wise beyond his years and, ultimately, a […]

Christ the Lord: Out of Egypt

This review first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume29, number3 (2006). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: Anne Rice became famous for her 12 vampire novels, beginning with Interview with a Vampire, which are beautifully written, but lurid and disturbing. She has written novels about witchcraft, […]

A Summary Critique: Universalism Isn’t for Everyone

If Grace Is True: Why God Will Save Every Person Philip Gulley and James Mulholland (HarperSanFrancisco, 2003) This review first appeared in the Christian Research Journal, volume 27, number 4 (2004). For further information or to subscribe to the Christian Research Journal go to: “Probably no invention came more easily to man than when […]