The Shadow Doctor – or is it Adrian Plass himself, in his inimitable way? – tantalises his characters – especially Jack – as well as his readers by frequently leaving us in suspense as he delves off onto some implausible sidetrack, which later turns out to be of some devious relevance. The trick works. It’s hard to put this book down at the end of a chapter.
Jack has his list of questions. So do we. A few of them get answered.
If you’re after the sort of flippant humour you might have come to expect from Adrian Plass, then The Shadow Doctor might disappoint you. But I doubt it. You’ll be surprised – and a little confused – by the Doctor’s mysterious encounters and baffling remarks, but you’ll gradually come to realise he has an unusual and uncanny depth of perception, and a disquieting way of exposing shaky beliefs and practices.
A large crowd was following Jesus. He turned around and said to them, “If you want to be my disciple, you must, by comparison, hate everyone else – your father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters – yes, even your own life. Otherwise, you cannot be my disciple. And if you do not carry your own cross and follow me, you cannot be my disciple.
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Some of you readers may have received the same message I did today. Here is an extract and my thoughts about it.
Did you know that Jesus experienced sexual temptation? See below.
Down relates Jesus’s life chronologically, including almost all the details from the gospels and adding occasional human touches, such as His heart searching concerning His identity and mission, and that He had a friend near the Jordan at whose house He stayed several days. Such details help fill in gaps and make some of the encounters more plausible.
Eldredge has hit on something big! He dares to turn his back on the common modern Christian perspective on society (esp. masculine roles) and explore the deep, real motives and needs of men.
His analysis is rather one-sided (e.g. every man carries a wound given by his father P.60) and so is his remedy: accept and live out your desire to fight battles, experience adventure rescue your beauty. Read more
A Facebook friend (# 1) shared this image from the AtheistRepublic, adding the caption: “Controversy alert! (But I’ll still listen if you disagree. 😂)”.
After several other comments, one from me triggered the following exchange:
Me:I’m a scientist who can’t quite manage to stretch my faith to believe there’s no God behind this wondrous world.
# 1:See, that does fascinate me. I can perfectly understand why lots of people need to ascribe a coherent, humanlike intelligence to the design of the universe; the incontrovertible facts of science tend to be explained in relatively complex language, and one really does need to concentrate. Where I’m interested is when genuinely intelligent people with a sound grasp of scientific principles also have this need. I get quite irritable when anthropomorphic viewpoints are described as facts, so I’d love to know why you, in particular, believe there must be a god. But only if you have time one day, and can be bothered! 😁
Me:Not sure this is the place for apologetics. But here goes:Read more
Das Buch der Mitte: Wie wir wurden, was wir sind, von Vishal Mangalwadi, ist eine mutige Analyse des starken Einflusses der christlichen Bibel auf die Entwicklung der westlichen Welt.
Mangalwadi ist ein äußerst gebildeter und überzeugender Wissenschaftler, der akademisches Lernen mit politischem und sozialem Handeln verbunden hat, sogar bis es für ihn selbst und seine Familie lebensgefährlich wurde. Durch seine vielen Bücher und sein internationales Vortragsprogramm versucht er, die Augen einer Welt zu öffnen, die ihr geistliches Erbe zu vergessen scheint.
Dieses Buch ist eine Mischung aus persönlichen Erfahrungen Read more
The Book that Made Your World: How the Bible Created the Soul of Western Civilization, by Vishal Mangalwadi is a bold analysis of the powerful influence the Christian Bible has had on the development of the western world.
Mangalwadi is an extremely erudite and lucid scholar, who has combined academic learning with political and social action, even at the risk of his and his family’s life. Through his many books and his international lecturing programme he seeks to open the eyes of a world that seems to have forgotten its spiritual heritage.