This Week’s Good Reads

Check out some of these good reads that I found from around the web:

1) “The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara talks…” by Tommy Cook

I love this show and am very excited to see season 3 return this October. In this short interview its executive producer talks about keeping up the pace from last season, the show’s relation to the comic book, and character deaths.

2) “The David Barton Controversy” by Thomas Kidd

I have long been suspect of Barton. Here, Kidd reports on some other conservative Christian scholars who not only disagree with Barton’s conclusions about early American history, but state that they find his documentation and research to be embarrassing. I think Barton, at best, has been given too much influence among Christians.

3) “David Barton’s Errors” by Greg Forster

In light of World Magazine’s critique of Barton, another conservative Christian scholar, and John Locke expert, critiques Barton’s essay on Locke and particular his method.

4) “Can a Christian Starve to Death” by Tim Challies

A thoughtful reflection on the simple, direct question, “Can a Christian starve to death?” Challies directs us to Psalm 23 and to contemplate what good God might have by leading us through the valley of the shadow of death.

5) “The Most Influential Evangelist You’ve Never Heard Of” by Barbara Bradley Hagerty

NPR caught wind of the David Barton controversy. Why do people keep listening to this guy?

6) “Lost Confidence” by Thomas Kidd

Kidd reported that Thomas Nelson has ceased publication and release of the most recent David Barton book. Glad to hear it.

7) “God Is Not Dead Yet” by William Lane Craig

Christian philosopher William Lane Craig takes us on a quick survey of the philosophical landscape and points out that theism has made a strong return and holds strong ground in philosophy departments all across the nation. He then covers the basic arguments for the existence of God supported by many prominent contemporary philosophers. Finally he concludes with a short defense of the study of natural theology in a postmodern context. Favorite quote: Smith concludes, “God is not ‘dead’ in academia; he returned to life in the late 1960s and is now alive and well in his last academic stronghold, philosophy departments.”

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