Robert Knetsch

"Wanna-be theologian"
Me, trying to look decent
Helpful votes received on reviews: 65% (15 of 23)
Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Anniversary: Aug. 2
Birthday: July 1
In My Own Words:
I am currently doing my Doctoral degree in theology at Wycliffe College in Toronto. You will find that many of my books are Christian in nature. You may also find that I can be very critical! Read and enjoy!

Reading (of course!), guitar, video games


Top Reviewer Ranking: 466,293 - Total Helpful Votes: 15 of 23
Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell: A Novel by Susanna Clarke
5.0 out of 5 stars A Parallel Universe, Dec 5 2009
I hesitate to review this book because I do not have the capacity with words that Clarke has to do justice in describing one of the best book I have read in possibly a decade. When I try to tell people it is about two magicians in 19th century England, I can't help but make it sound silly, when in fact the author writes about it in such a matter-of-fact manner that magic is almost banal. It makes you want to go back and study the Napoleonic wars to check to see if England did use magicians! These magicians are not of the Merlin or Gandalf type; they are at times rather boring English gentlemen with their own human foibles that give the novel an ironic kind of humour that is… Read more
Identity of Jesus Christ by Hans W. Frei
Identity of Jesus Christ by Hans W. Frei
Hans Frei is well-known in academic theological circles. His call for reclaiming the narrative character of the Bible found in his first book, Eclipse of Biblical Narrative, serves as a backdrop of this book, but is by no means necessary to be able to read Identity. Much of Frei's writings are somewhat ponderous and difficult to read, but Identity - originally written for church leaders - is much more readable than is typical for Frei. Moreover, what Frei is saying in this book is enormously fresh and revolutionary, and has spawned several theological papers and theses (including my own Master's thesis).
The essential point Frei is trying to make is that we need to come to the… Read more
The Bible and The New York Times by Fleming Rutledge
The Bible and The New York Times by Fleming Rutledge
I had the distinct pleasure of being able to hear Rev. Rutledge preach a few times and attend an all-day workshop and I was forever affected by her engaging style and thoughtful analysis. She is a highly theological thinker who is a very well-read person.
The Bible and the New York Times is just that: an exploration of popular culture and the Christian faith that is neither sugary nor ignorant of the realities of suffering and pain. Rev. Rutledge is able to bring sound biblical exegesis and a vibrant style to her writing that is only surpassed by actually hearing her in person. Following the main days of the church year, this book helps the reader to pause and think of how the… Read more

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