Quick Hits 12.19.08

Anyone remember my “quick hits”?  I think the last one I did was 350 blogposts or so ago!  Anyway, I thought I’d share a few things that have piqued my interest of late:

* All of modern parables videos can be watched for free for a limited time (HT: Scott Anderson).

* Cathy Grossman of USA Today has written a piece on the American view of religious pluralism, and Dr. Al Mohler has responded to her article.  For what it’s worth, I have made this issue (along with inclusivism) one of the biggest academic interests/investments of my seminary experience.

* Desiring God has created a Twitter Group, so if you have a Twitter account, be sure to join up.  And in the mean time, follow me on Twitter (I just live-twittered my experience in a Christian bookstore).  🙂

* I recently sat in and checked out TokBox – a relatively new video conferencing application online.  This tool could be useful in a number of ways.

* The December 2008 edition of Themelios is really good.  You should download it (PDF) and check out the well-written articles inside.

* Speaking of Themelios, one of the articles is by the Naselli’s regarding theological resources for children.  10 theological books were briefly reviewed, and they serve as a helpful commentary for parents looking to cultivate truth in the minds and hearts of their children!

* John Piper candidly answers the question, “How should a husband and wife manage having opposite sex-drives?”

* Speaking of Piper, his (short) book on Calvin and the Majesty of God just came out at WTS Bookstore.

* Speaking of Calvin, RTS has put together a very helpful schedule (PDF) for reading the Institutes in 2009 (HT :: Tom Ascol).

* I just downloaded Adobe Lightroom 2.2 and looking to develop a new photography workflow.  Anyone who has used Lightroom and would like to fill me in, please do so in the comments.

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4 Comments on “Quick Hits 12.19.08”

  1. Scott Says:

    I thought of you when I read that piece on pluralism in USAToday.

  2. Good to hear from you Scott. Hope you guys are staying warm up there! If you notice, the Brister fam is slowing catching up with you guys. 🙂

  3. Justin Wheeler Says:

    Hey Tim,

    Can you give me some guidance? What books/resources would you recommend for a profitable study of religious pluralism?


  4. Justin,

    I can send you an annotated bibliography on religious pluralism if you would like. The difficulty with the topic is that it is a two-front battle: one on the academic side (primarily with John Hick, Paul Knitter, and Wilfred Cantwell Smith) and then the popular side (primarily postmodernism and the new tolerance). I find it hard to see how the former has a direct impact on the latter, so addressing pluralism has to be done on both levels effectively.

    For starters, check out Howard Netland’s Encountering Religious Pluralism and Dissonant Voices as well as D.A. Carson’s The Gagging of God. These books would be a great launching point.

    There are also some good counterpoint books on this subject which might be helpful (Hick arguing the pluralist position, Pinnock the inclusivist, and Geivett/Phillips the exclusivist/restrictivist position.

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