Well, I have received two books in the mail, both by an author I have so far enjoyed, Henry Ansgar Kelly. The two books by him are: The Devil, Demonology and Witchcraft, The Development of Christian Beliefs in Evil Spirits and the second book is: The Devil At Baptism, Ritual, Theology and Drama. I will give a report on these two books soon! H.F.
From a previous post, I mentioned the book edited, outlined and explained by Peter Kreeft called, “Christianity for the Modern Pagans,” reflecting on Pascal’s Pensées. According to Kreeft, Pascal was a seventeenth-century contemporary of Descartes who was “the father of modern philosophy.” Pascal was seen as the one who did not jump on the ship leading to “the Enlightenment” and one who was at odds with the scientific method. (p.9) Pascal, in his Pensées, writes in short little paragraphs that in some way are a collection of contemplative thoughts. The beauty of reading his Pensées, is that you can read from beginning to the end or jump around in the collection of his contemplative thoughts. He appears to be a theologian that responds to our modern day secularism and finds Christ at the center. In this way, I think he would be found quite appealing to most Lutherans. Especially when he makes statements such as in my earlier post.
Well, I must run, I am traveling around southern United States, visiting with perspective seminarians and deaconesses. Though a northern boy, I do enjoy visiting with the people of the south. In many ways, this is where culture is to be found but again, I still prefer the north despite our nasty weather at times. – H.F.
Two books I am planning on reading, one I just received is: Michael and Christ: Michael Traditions and Angel Christology in Early Christianity, by Darrell D. Hannah and the other is a new one that just came out: Friends of The Law, Luther’s Use of the Law for the Christian Life, by Edward A. Engelbrecht. I should have a review soon.