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Book Title: Solomon Among the Postmoderns|
The author of the book: Peter J. Leithart
ISBN 13: 9781441201171
Edition: Brazos Press
Date of issue: January 1st 2008
Format files: PDF
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One of Leithart's greatest books. I feel like nearly all my studies at NSA really prepared me for this book; the way our presuppositions and angles continually affect us is important and part and parcel of our finitude. He applies Ecclesiastes to our modern/postmodern age and shows how recent intellectual thought can free us from the Modern, individualistic, cosmic quest to fit the wind into tightly packaged and organized boxes. A very encouraging book.
Surprisingly, I found it somewhat less dense than Babel and Beast, even though it remained remarkably short and covered a lot of ground.
Postscript: Just re-read as my last book in college. Reading it all at once is a roller coaster--where can this ride NOT lead! Again, it encapsulated everything from NSA:
* Lordship & Theology - The Gospel is not just a private, but a social hope.
* Rhetoric & Writing - The Response to the world should be hope and gratitude.
* Music & Biology - That which seemeth easy is harder than it looks.
* Latin & Greek & Hebrew - Language is messy.
* Classical History - History is an act of arbitrary arrangement.
* Faith and Reason - We cannot justify every belief all the way down.
* Traditio - Man's attempt to understand the universe (not to mention himself). They get points for class participation.
* Math - Man tries to get certainty. Memo: it didn't work.
* Thesis - Find your identity in another.
I know I am over-simplifying, but hey! we all do it! Unquestionably Leithart's best book. Ever.
It's kind of painful to look at yourself in the mirror some days of the week and to realize that a book you once loved and lauded to the skies is flawed. But it's no less painful than realizing your wrong or sinful. Although I strongly agree with a lot of Leithart's "data" (boundaries and categories and language are porrous) and I agree that the postmoderns were often right about those boundaries and so I would probably still enjoy reading this book, I think the older (Greek, yes, Greek) categories of natural law were basically right and that, once you define terms in a certain way, the world has a predictable nature which we can describe profitably and thus what is needed now is, by and large, a return to classical philosophy and theology.
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Read information about the authorPeter Leithart received an A.B. in English and History from Hillsdale College in 1981, and a Master of Arts in Religion and a Master of Theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia in 1986 and 1987. In 1998 he received his Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge in England. He has served in two pastorates: He was pastor of Reformed Heritage Presbyterian Church (now Trinity Presbyterian Church), Birmingham, Alabama from 1989 to 1995, and was founding pastor of Trinity Reformed Church, Moscow, Idaho, and served on the pastoral staff at Trinity from 2003-2013. From 1998 and 2013 he taught theology and literature at New St. Andrews College, Moscow, Idaho, where he continues to teach as an adjunct Senior Fellow. He now serves as President of Trinity House in Alabama, where is also resident Church Teacher at the local CREC church. He and his wife, Noel, have ten children and five grandchildren.
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