Puritan Board Sophomore
God can use anything to teach us. What stands out that you have learned from books of opposing views to the historical reformed faith? Nothing is off limits here with regard to the question.
I’ve heard of that one, but not read yet. I’ll have to give it a whirl one of these daysThis one is definitely on my list. Most recently is Matthew Pinson's 40 Questions on Arminianism.
I had to read that in grad school. I really hated it because neither he (nor my prof who loved him) ever gave a decent argument for why government has any right to use force against people because of all of these hypotheticals as to what they might prefer in the "original position." That "original position" talk was very interesting in itself, but he just took it for granted that its findings should, therefore, be enforced by law. It also failed to account for the fact that some people are risk acceptant while others are risk adverse. (as I recall; this was 20+ years ago)John Rawls, A Theory of Justice.
Very thought provoking to me because it is sort of the manual for smart people's social justice. As such, most liberal political activists find it not revolutionary enough, and the conservatives who read it find it too reliant on man's good nature.
That reminds me how I’d read some writers on Counterpunch while reading New Republic and the Wall Street Journal. Plus several foreign newspapers from right and left perspectives. It is a good way to discern propaganda from all sides.There are several reporters, often unbelievers that are center-left by conviction, yet courageous. They demonstrate critical thinking in their writings though I often don’t agree with their underlying worldviews. Matt Taibbi and Glenn Greenwald come to mind.
The works of Adam Clarke - I have read his commentaries and other works for decades. He was prolific and brilliant, a classicist, and historian alongside theologian (like many from that era), and a highly proficient scholar in languages including Latin. Reading him exposes you to a wide variety of literature.God can use anything to teach us. What stands out that you have learned from books of opposing views to the historical reformed faith? Nothing is off limits here with regard to the question.
Yeah. I still miss the late Alex Cockburn from Counterpunch.That reminds me how I’d read some writers on Counterpunch while reading New Republic and the Wall Street Journal. Plus several foreign newspapers from right and left perspectives. It is a good way to discern propaganda from all sides.
The early to mid-2000s was an interesting time as it was still the wild west of the internet before everything was so filtered and driven by algorithms. It was a short transitory of time where you could still research alternative news in ways that are far more constrained now, or flooded with an avalanche of noise where legitimate sources are fewer and/or difficult to find.I really miss the New Republic of the mid-2000s. It was a fantastic publication of an unapologetically Left perspective that provided thoughtful articles especially on economics and international policy. Subscribing to it and the National Review together was quite beneficial. It's gone way downhill now.