Below is a list of books I have personally reviewed. They are all of value to those interested in Bible truth, worldviews, and the ongoing culture wars. In fact, most are uncommonly good and are essential references on the bookshelves of the informed.
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The high priesthood of modern science considers Darwin's Black Box to be “heresy.” In it, Michael J. Behe, a biochemist at Lehigh University, demonstrates the overwhelming argument for the existence of God from design, i.e., the teleological argument, as it is called. He does this by demonstrating something he calls “irreducible complexity,” a fact backed up by the scientific method that demonstrates that even the smallest of organisms are so complex and interdependent that they could not possibly have evolved as the neo-Darwinists claim.
Make no mistake about it, these are not the shibboleths of a “scientific creationist.” Professor Behe is a staunch believer in the “scientific method” and, as such, he does not specifically look to religion for the answers to these questions. Nevertheless, he believes that biochemical machines must have been designed—either by God, or by some other higher intelligence, and this makes his findings even more compelling in the ongoing culture wars. As it says on the flyleaf: “For Darwinian evolution to be true, there must have been a series of mutations, each of which produced its own working machine, that led to the complexity we can now see. The more complex and interdependent each machine's own parts are shown to be, the harder it is to envision Darwin's gradualistic paths. Behe surveys the professional science literature and shows that it is completely silent on the subject, stymied by the elegance of the foundation of life. Could it be that there is some greater force at work?" To those of us who believe in God, the answer is obvious. If you would like to read the book that is turning the scientific community topsy-turvy, then you can securely order either the hardcover or paperback edition this book by clicking on the covers above or the “Buy the book” graphics below.
This book, Gender Roles & The Bible: Creation, the Fall, & Redemption, was written by Jack Cottrell, professor of Theology at Cincinnati Bible Seminary. I have read after Dr. Cottrell for many years and consider him to be an exegete par excellence. This is extremely important in the ongoing battles taking place over the roles of women. With great zeal, many are using their Biblical scholarship and exegesis to demonstrate what they believe to be a Scriptural basis for feminism and egalatarianism. We are being told by these modern exegetes that the husband and wife have a mutual partnership, with neither being the leader or the one in authority. They go on to say that gender has nothing to do with who fills a particular role in the church, and that there should be no distinctions between men and women. Whatever a “qualified” man can do, a “qualified” woman can do with equal Scriptural blessing, even to the point of preaching, the teaching of men, and the holding of the office of elder in the local church.
All this is called “Biblical feminism,” and its ramparts are being built on the PC (political correctness) of American culture. Dr. Cottrell, in his own inimitable way, effectively attacks the foundation and scaffolding of the wrong and misguided ideas of feminism and egalatarianism. In his own words, Dr. Cottrell says this book is more about feminism than it is about gender roles. Of course, you can't really talk about one and not the other. Specifically, this book is an examination and evaluation of how Biblical feminism interprets and uses the Bible to support its view of gender roles. You can securely order this book online by clicking on the cover graphic above or the “Buy the book” graphic below.
This book, Out Of America: A Black Man Confronts Africa, is the best exposition of sub-Saharan Africa I have ever read. Its author, Keith Richburg, was the Africa bureau chief for the Washington Post, stationed in Nairobi, Kenya from 1991 to 1994. He and I were in East Africa at the same time. We probably ate at the same Nairobi restaurants and surely drove the same chaotic streets and roads of this capitol city.
Mr. Richburg and I lived and worked in the same Africa, and we saw Africa almost exactly alike. To many, this will seem strange, for Mr. Richburg is a black American from the North and I am a white American from the South. Consequently, those genuflecting to the postmodernism of America's cultural elite will believe such a thing to be absolutely preposterous. There is no way, they think, that a black American from the North and a white American from the South can see Africa almost exactly alike. Yes, there is—it's called honesty and integrity, and Mr Richburg has as much of it as any man I've ever known. It took guts to write this book; not watering it down, but telling it like it is. He had to know he would be pilloried by the liberal establishment; but, even so, he courageously wrote what few would.
The fact that Richburg is black makes this book even more valuable, as no racist stigma can be attached to it. Nevertheless, some blacks have accused him of being an Oreo cookie, black on the outside, but white on the inside. Such stereotyping is itself a form of racism, and those who employ such tactics betray themselves. Actually, like most everyone else, Richburg had assumed that Africa's problems were the legacy of colonialism and the Cold War. He believed that if the playing field were lowered, African nations would soon take their place on the escalator to prosperity that had lifted so many other backward nations. But he was wrong, and honest enough to admit it. What he found in sub-Saharan Africa was senseless cruelty and a plethora of repressive dictators or “big men,” as they are sometimes called. All these, he discovered, had not emerged from the sins of the West, but were, in fact, homegrown. The brutal truth is that inhumanity in Africa wears a black face, and the more Richburg saw the more disillusioned he became.
If you want to know what sub-Saharan Africa is like, then you ought to read this book. Africa is not a black Valhalla, where blacks can walk with dignity and pride. It is a dog-eat-dog place of constant repression, unceasing lies, unbelievable corruption, and unspeakable horrors. Keith Richburg, looking into the darkest night of his soul, cognizant of his own family's history, and unashamed in his conclusions, wrote: “Thank God. Thank God my nameless ancestors, brought across the ocean in chains and leg irons, made it out alive. Thank God I am an American.” This is also the conclusion that welled-up in my heart many times in Africa.
Keith Richburg and Allan Turner are both willing to thank God that we are Americans, and it is this, not the color of our skin or the region of the country in which we were born and raised, that makes us alike. We are Americans, and thankful for it. Consequently, it was through the privilege and experience of American citizenship that we both saw what we now consider to be the real Africa. There are those who will continue to disagree with this view. Some, no doubt, will continue to rant and rave in their stereotyping and psychoanalyzing of Keith Richburg, but I can assure you that once you see Africa through his eyes, you'll never think of Africa, America, or African Americans in the same way again. You can securely order either the hardcover or paperback edition this book by clicking on the covers above or the “Buy the book” graphics below.
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