A. J. Dickinson

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Location: Saint John, NB


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,122 - Total Helpful Votes: 15 of 18
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis
C. S. Lewis' Mere Christianity is a consideration of Christian belief. Borrowing from Acts 11:26, Lewis broadly defines a Christian as a person who follows the teaching of the apostles. Lewis wants to explain the essence of such following. Hence, Mere Christianity. Lewis' explanation of mere Christianity requires four steps (each each presented in an individual book that comprise the entirety of Mere Christianity). It begins with an attempt to establish facts that allow Christianity to make sense. Lewis then places Christian doctrine into dialogue with these facts to see if it addresses the needs such facts create, followed by an exploration of how such doctrine affects morality… Read more
Scripture And The Authority Of God: How to Read th&hellip by N T Wright
In Scripture and the Authority of God, N. T. Wright attempts to make sense of the claim that The Bible (scripture) is authoritative. Wright's argument is that the authority of scripture is more complex than saying that scripture provides correct information. Instead, it means that the Christian God exercises his authority through scripture and has a plan to redeem all of creation. Scripture spurs the completion of this plan through people. The best way to understand this is to read the Bible as a five-act story. The first four acts - creation, the fall, Israel, and Jesus - are already complete. The fifth act - the church - began at Easter/Pentecost. Scripture includes accounts and… Read more
Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Tr&hellip by Chris Hedges
5.0 out of 5 stars Important Book, March 5 2013
Chris Hedges offers a sombre reflection on America in the early 21st Century, which is easily applicable to my own Canadian context. Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle argues that we made five trades. We traded rational and literate discourse for celebrity worship and intentional ignorance. We traded love and empathy for pornography and consumerism. We traded curiosity for entrenchment. We traded happiness and for positive thinking and ignoring reality. We have traded democracy, truth, and confidence for misguided icons, negligence, and shopping. Worse than making these trades, however, is that we think that we are advanced for having done so… Read more