Sunday, July 14, 2019

Review: A History of Christian Missions

A History of Christian Missions A History of Christian Missions by Stephen Neill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very complete, succint global history of Christian missions up to the 1980s. Feels dated today, because of facts it could hardly deal with, each for a different reason:
* takes an œcumenical approach, for instance to Romanist and Greek/Russian iconodulic missions;
* takes seriously liberation theory;
* ignores Reformed missionary activity in the XVI century;
* ignores the liberal destruction of mainstream European Christianity;
* predates the conservative resurgence, the Calvinistic renaissance, the global South and the revelation of the then-hidden, astonishing advance of Protestantism in China.

We still lack a more decidedly Reformed, even Evangelical, and more recent approach to the subject.

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Sunday, May 26, 2019

Review: O Povo Brasileiro: A Formação e o Sentido do Brasil

O Povo Brasileiro: A Formação e o Sentido do Brasil O Povo Brasileiro: A Formação e o Sentido do Brasil by Darcy Ribeiro
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Interessante, até pela influência nefasta que teve em nossa esquerda, mas um fracasso. Propõe o Brasil como uma nova, e melhor, Roma. Embuste de autoengano de quem vivia em rebelião contra Deus.

O que não significa que não tenha algumas informações e análises úteis.

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Review: The Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context

The Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context The Lost World of the Torah: Law as Covenant and Wisdom in Ancient Context by John H. Walton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I muſt ſay my giviŋ five ſtars does not mean I am ſure I totally agree wiþ ðe auþors. I gueß I will need to read furþer books before convinciŋ myself, even if ðe propoſal conveniently expoſes ðe weakneßes of claßical (Baptiſt & Preſbyterian) alliance þeology — not ðat ðe auþors mention it. Ðey make a convinciŋ, even if perhaps not as readable as I would want, caſe for ‘Law’ beiŋ a miſtranſlation for Torah, even if the LXX actually tranſlates νομος. Ðe implications are multitude, & ðey include a readable appendix on the Decalogue (Δεκαλογος, the Ten words).

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Friday, May 10, 2019

Review: Orange: The Complete Collection, Volume 2

Orange: The Complete Collection, Volume 2 Orange: The Complete Collection, Volume 2 by Ichigo Takano
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

One of ðeſe nice climate Japaneſe ſtories.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Review: Manipulation: Knowing How to Respond

Manipulation: Knowing How to Respond Manipulation: Knowing How to Respond by Lou Priolo
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Very ſuccint advice on biblically dealiŋ wiþ emotional manipulation. Barely twenty pages of text.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Review: Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology

Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology Genesis 1 as Ancient Cosmology by John H. Walton
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A more ðan worþy succeßor to Kline’s approach on ðe cultural context of ðe Old Testament, puts forward anoþer angle to his framework hypoþeſis, makiŋ a convinciŋ caſe for Geneſis, chapter i beiŋ intended not as a chronological account of material origins but a deſcription of teleology in Creation.

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Review: The Screwtape Letters

The Screwtape Letters The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Second or third reading. A classic. May be difficult to overly sensitive souls who lack a developed sense of irony.

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Review: Legislativo e democracia : reflexões sobre a Câmara dos deputados

Legislativo e democracia : reflexões sobre a Câmara dos deputados Legislativo e democracia : reflexões sobre a Câmara dos deputados by Fernando Sabóia Guimarães
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

Leitura dificutosa. Talvez eu tenha sido privilegiado ao ler um equivalente estadunidense antes.

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Sunday, February 17, 2019

Review: Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made

Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made Roll, Jordan, Roll: The World the Slaves Made by Eugene D. Genovese
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I just loved it as a Christian and as a History freak.

Based on extensive exploration of oral History and other records from slaves, slaveholders and observers of slavery in the US, what began as an exploration of how slaves influenced the world of slaveholders ended up, as the title hints, as a record of the witness that preachers but specially slave converts gave of their faith and its power to change people and societies.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Review: The Logic of Congressional Action

The Logic of Congressional Action The Logic of Congressional Action by R. Douglas Arnold
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An interesting take in the motivations and mechanisms of legislative work, scientifically dismantling a few myths about how constituencies, either general or particularist, influence legislators’ actions.

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Review: HAIPOJI 5

HAIPOJI 5 HAIPOJI 5 by Takashi Kira
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A great read. Why only four ſtars?

* Explicit ſex. Totally uneeded. Lack of ability of ðe auþor to imply ðe dirtineß of ðe protagoniſt’s life wiþout actually ſhowiŋ it.

* Quite confuſiŋ towards ðe end. It depicts a multiverſe where ðe protagoniſt gets mixed between þree or four univerſes, but unleß one’s familiar already wiþ ðe concept, & ſpecially in a ſerialiſed work, it can be uneceßarily taxiŋ to read.

* It is highly unſatiſfyiŋ ðat ðe protagoniſt’s wife turns irretrievably againſt him for no apparent reaſon, even if he ſeems a genuinely faiþful & nice huſband — juſt not a hero, but growiŋ even in his fourties & fifties.

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Review: 3月のライオン 14 [3-gatsu no Lion 14]

3月のライオン 14 [3-gatsu no Lion 14] 3月のライオン 14 [3-gatsu no Lion 14] by Chica Umino
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

A lyrical, quite ſane ſlice of life ſtory wiþ ſurpriſiŋ depþ. Not diet-friendly.

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Friday, January 4, 2019

Review: Haruka 17, Volume 19

Haruka 17, Volume 19 Haruka 17, Volume 19 by Sayaka Yamazaki
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very intereſtiŋ in-depþ view of the Japaneſe popular entertainement induſtry. The ending was ruſhed & roſy.

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