finally got round to this book meme…

tagged by Dave McKay a few days ago…

1. One book that changed your life:
Desiring God by John Piper

2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

gotta, gotta read this one. It’s not perfect theology but it’s exquisite story telling.

3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
My bible! What else?

4. One book that made you laugh:
Any Calvin and Hobbes compendium!
that, and most Bill Bryson

5. One book that made you cry:
The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller.
to my shame, because the book sucks you into wanting an adultery to happen.

6. One book that you wish had been written:
How to completely understand women and children.

7. One book that you wish had never been written:
Spong, Why Christianity must change or die, because the book is so poor I feel embarassed for him.

8. One book you’re currently reading:
Big Picture Story Bible with my daughter.
The Reformed Pastor, Baxter.

9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
Barth, Church Dogmatics ๐Ÿ˜‰
maybe if I have nothing else to do…

10. Now tag five people:


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  1. detroitfather

    Spong, Why Christianity must change or die

    Why John Spong Must Change or Die, by God, would be a much better book!

  2. little_teacup

    I’m curious, what bits of theology do you find faulty (I guess that would be the right word?) in The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe?

    1. David Ould


      The atonement theology is seriously flawed. Aslan is presented primarily as a ransom that needed to be paid to the witch. This is a classic dualism which is very different to the Bible’s own presentation. In scripture the atonement is an internal transaction within God Himself; the Son willingly offers Himself up to the Father in the Spirit. At the cross, Satan is only involved insofar as he is defeated. But the price is paid to the Father, not to him.

      Getting this wrong has some pretty big problems down the line. Principally, why does God need to pay off Satan? And what’s left with God’s wrath at sin, it’s hardly dealt with.

      Don’t get me wrong, Narnia is brilliant – but I wouldn’t be insisting that all it’s theology is right.

  3. Non Anglican

    So…7 years later and have you ever gotten around to Barth?

    1. David Ould

      wow! how did you end up on a 7 year old post??!!!

      in answer to your question – sadly, no!

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