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February 23, 2016

David Dark pens the best-ever "read my book" plea...

9780830844463.jpgSo we at Addenda and Errata usually try to limit ourselves to talking only about IVP Academic books. So this plug for IVP Books stalwart David Dark might be a little out of the ordinary. This essay does, however, capture this particular moment in the book world very well. Dark is a winsome and engaging writer AND he’s a professor of theology at Belmont University, so that counts, right?

Here’s the beginning:

“So…the bright red book is out there in material form in the land of the living. It’s being very thoughtfully reviewed by all manner of wonderful people. And it’s a deep joy (at all times) to hear tell of my word choice leading to someone else’s break-through. More than anything I’ve written in my life so far, this one somehow assumes the shape of the very assertion I’d love to see dropped into the middle of every news cycle I see rolling before me everyday…continues after the jump:

Posted by Justin Paul Lawrence at 11:16 AM

February 22, 2016

What if Karl Barth really wasn't a Supralapsarian?

9780830851324.jpgThe most recently published book to land with a (happy) thud on my desk has been Shao Kei Tseng’s provocative Karl Barth’s Infralapsarian Theology: Origins and Development, 1920-1953 I couldn’t be more excited.

Now before all you non-Barthians go to sleep and you Barth-partisans (Barthisans?) rush out and purchase the book, hear me out. (Does anyone ever “rush out” and buy our books anymore? Don’t they always just pull it up on their phone? Perhaps if they happen to live across the street from well-stocked theological bookstore like this one, this one or this one, but otherwise, definitely an archaic metaphor.)

Tseng’s book is the result of a long journey with Barth. While he was getting his first master’s degree at Regent College in Vancouver, BC under the legendary J.I. Packer he once asked in class about a particular reading of Barth and supralapsarianism (supralapsarianism being the idea that God’s decrees of election and reprobation preceed the decree of the fall). Packer was surprised at Tseng’s quotation and told him that if what he said was true, than Barth was likely actually an infralapsarian.

This is of course good news to anyone (like Tseng, and maybe you) who is interested in both Barth and orthodox reformed theology. For Tseng, this offhand comment by Packer opened up an new world of scholarship where he was determined to trace whether this really was Barth’s position. And it led to the wonderful book that you can buy from us at the link below.

Karl Barth’s Infralapsarian Theology: Origins and Development, 1920-1953

It is also of course the second book in our New Explorations in Theology series after Samuel V. Adams’s excellent (and bestselling at AAR/ABL) The Reality of God and Historical Method: Apocalyptic Theology in Conversation with N. T. Wright . And NET fans should also watch our catalog and tables at upcoming conferences for a third series volume that arrives this October.

Posted by Justin Paul Lawrence at 8:36 AM

June 12, 2012

That Summer Reading List

This is the time of year when we see Summer Reading Lists popping up. I just saw one this morning. These lists play a subtle magic on me until I stop and think about them.

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Posted by Dan Reid at 12:18 PM

April 30, 2012

The Living Faith of the Dead

I don’t preach much, but recently I did—on “The Living Faith of the Dead.” The reader board in front of the church read as follows:

The Living Faith of

the Dead

Dr. Dan Reid

My wife told me that no one walking by would want to enter the church for that sermon. I rather thought it would come off as a séance, and the unchurched would flock. I was being seeker sensitive. Look, there’s a reason why I’m invited into book titling meetings.

I took my sermon title from a line by Jaroslav Pelikan in The Vindication of Tradition: “Tradition is the living faith of the dead, traditionalism is the dead faith of the living” (p. 65).

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Posted by Dan Reid at 11:41 AM

April 19, 2012

Indexed Thoughts

Earlier this week I created a subject index for our Dictionary of the Old Testament: Prophets, which goes to the printer this week. This is probably the tenth time I’ve done this kind of job on a dictionary of one sort or another. Needless to say, it is not my favorite task, and perhaps I should have someone else do it. Only it needs to be done very quickly. I clear the decks for two or three days and work steadily, day and night, until it is done. But before I arrive at this critical juncture, I’ve already done quite a bit of prep work in setting out the topics and the words that feed into them. But why should I be the one to do this?

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Posted by Dan Reid at 9:53 AM

March 20, 2012

"Its Author Claims No Special Importance for It."

“It is with many misgivings that this little volume is committed to the press. Its author claims no special importance for it. It does not pretend to be a complete and connected history of our Church, either in the period of which it treats, or in the territory to which it relates. He is fully aware of its fragmentary and imperfect character, and of the very limited interest that will be taken in its pages. His excuse for offering it to the public, already surfeited with books, is the fact that its publication has been insistently urged by judicious friends, who have some knowledge of its character.”

So goes the preface of a book published over one hundred years ago, in 1904.

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Posted by Dan Reid at 10:43 AM

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