Another great review by John J. Reilly. One of the things I admired about John was his ability to make you learn something useful and interesting when he critiqued a book. Many of the books he reviewed were elevated by the experience. Americanism: The Fourth Great Western Religion is certainly
I recently completed my book review of Requiem for Medusa by Jason Anspach and Nick Cole. It took me a little longer than I would have liked. I first read the book on vacation in June, and I tried to start writing the review shortly after I got back, but
Message for the Dead: Galaxy's Edge #8 by Jason Anspach and Nick Cole Kindle Edition, 496 pages Published April 25th 2018 by Galaxy's Edge ASIN B07C33BB7D In a tweet storm last month, I threatened to write an essay about the millennialism of the lighthuggers portrayed in
Five years after this review was written, Anne Rice found herself unable to really embrace the doctrines of Catholicism, or at least the way she felt they were being applied. Which makes John Reilly's comment apposite: It is quite possible to accept an early date and high historical
John reviews a fine one-volume history of the Reformation, marred by a jarring lapse into modern obsessions at the end. The Reformation: A History By Diarmaid MacCulloch Viking, 2004 800 Pages, US$35.95 ISBN: 0670032964 In the later volumes of A Study of History, Arnold Toynbee came to the
Cricketer, historian, and author Tom Holland is here a proponent of the thesis that one of the things that truly differentiates the Christian West, Christendom, is the separation of powers between church and state that gradually evolved out of a fight over who was allowed to nominate bishops. However, Holland
Ross Douthat pointed out today that atheism, as such, isn't particularly rational. For most of recorded history, gnosticism has been the preferred alternative for intellectuals to classical monotheism or paganism. The argument that God is evil is a far stronger one than that God doesn't exist.