Western Culture

In the Mail: Original Sinners

Original Sinners: Why Genesis Still Matters by John R. Coats Publishers Weekly An entertaining narrative voice, personal reflections from the author’s life and insightful interpretations combine to produce this accessible and lively new addition to Genesis scholarship. Coats, a former parish priest and management consultant, cogently applies source theory—the hypothesis that four separate documents went into the first five books of the Bible—to familiar stories whose ethical and spiritual DNA seeps through Western culture. Through Read More →

The Classics: All You Need to Know, from Zeus’s Throne to the Fall of Rome by Caroline Taggart

I am a fan of short but informative books so I was intrigued when The Classics: All You Need to Know, from Zeus’s Throne to the Fall of Rome came in the mail. I am also interested in classical mythology and history so it seemed like a good fit.  And it turned out to be a fun and informative read. Here is the publishers description: It’s no myth: this lively refresher course fills in all Read More →

Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis by John R. Coats

When it first came in the mail I didn’t think I would read Original Sinners: A New Interpretation of Genesis. It is written by a man who has lost his faith – who no longer sees the Bible as the Word of God but rather a sort of literary touchstone or psychological tool to understand yourself better.  Here is Publishers Weekly: An entertaining narrative voice, personal reflections from the author’s life and insightful interpretations combine to Read More →