Saturday, July 23, 2005

Of Theology and Tales

Just completed Guy Water's book Justification and the New Perspectives on Paul. An excellent presentation of background sources which have found their way into the Reformed community as seen in the teachings of Norman Shepherd and the Auburn Avenue Presbyterian Church. Also commendable is Guy's respectful manner in treating the works of NPP writers. Highly recommend the book, which is published by P&R.

Also finished Grimms' Fairy Tales. On the whole fun to read, but some stories would rate an R rating for callous violence. (In the real Cinderella story, one of the sisters cuts off her big toe to fit her foot in the slipper, and is discovered by the blood soaking through.)


Anonymous Lydia B said...

Speaking of violent stories, how about Hansel and Gretel? In this children's story the wicked stepmother banishes the kids into the forest to get eaten by a witch, while the sad father sits back and does nothing. Pretty twisted bedtime reading.

8:47 AM  
Blogger Joel said...

I've heard comments regarding Waters' book ranging from "brilliant" to "travesty," so I'll be interested to see the scholarly reviews, when (or if) they begin showing up in the journals.

Probably even more that politness, "respect" for one's objects of critique requires both charitable accuracy in portraying their views and the ability to imaginatively place oneself in their thought-world. At least that's what I teach my students.

I hope that the reviews will help us better to judge whether or not Waters has accomplished these desiderata.

9:21 AM  

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