Theological Odd Pairings

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  1. Rippon

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    Do you sometimes see books placed together at Christian Bookstores which are worlds apart theologically ? A long time ago in America I was visiting a Roman Catholic Bookstore which had a Dr. L-J book next to some Relics of Rome-type book . I can't recall the specifics , it was too long ago .

    But recently I noted some pairings -- I sought them out . They were right next to one another , not merely near .

    The Purpose Driven Church by Rick Warren/ The Pursuit Of God by A.W. Tozer

    Your Best Life Now by Joel Osteen/The Confessions Of Augustine

    Do you have any more examples ?
     
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    C'mon now . At this point there have been 35 views and no replies . Don't you people visit Christian bookstores ? Okay , how bout' secular bookstores ? Well , you're makin' me stretch for this one . In your own library do you have odd bookfellows like Calvin's Institutes next to Chicken Soup For Your Soul or something like that ? How about Finney's "Systematic" next to Pink's treatment of Elijah ?
     
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    That may be a fire hazzard? :laugh: You think the friction would cause a fire.
     
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    A Case for Amil + The Sign [prewrath]
     
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    Not surprised at all by poor pairings of books in Christian bookstores. Most of these bookstores are run by entrepenuers and business managers, not theologians. Doesn't really bother me when I see odd pairings (not saying anyone is bothered of course) but it does cause me to roll my eyes. Particularly I've seen some pairings of:

    Charismatic writings (Hinn, Copeland, etc.) right next to Cessationist people (Geisler, McArthur, etc.)
    Legitimate classics (Augustine Confessions, City of God, etc.) next to not-yet-proven-but-high-selling books (Osteen, etc.)
    Calvinists (Calvin, Edwards, etc) next to Arminians (Wesley, Pinnock,etc.)
    Liberal-theologians (von Harnack, Hegel, etc.) next to Fundamentalists (Warfield, Scofield, etc.)
    Protestant theologians right next to Catholic theologians.

    It's crazy really. Sort of like saying the New Living Translation is similiar to the King James Version because they're both in English. Bookstores are, imho, bastions of commercialism at the sake of intelligence. I stay away as much as possible and if I plan well for the year I try not to go in. I get my music from iTunes and my books from Amazon and CBD.

    Good topic
     
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    I saw KJV next to an NIV...does that count?
     
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    Maybe it just goes to show that there's some truth to the old saying; "There's a lot more that unites us than there is that divides us."
     
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    OK , We Can Go Wider Than Books Here

    C.H.S. -- We believe in the five great points known as Calvinistic ; but we do not regard these five points as being barbed shafts which we are to thrust between the ribs of our fellow Christians .

    Ian Paisley -- I am a five point Calvinist and all the points are sharp !
     
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    Being under the blood of Jesus Christ is the only thing that unites us
     
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    Okay, so wouldn't you say that being under the blood of Jesus Christ is greater than anything that would divide us?
     
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    I have never been in a Christian bookstore without seeing some guffaws. we have to remember these folks are not librarians or theologins. I do most of my shopping through CBD and Amazon also. I've also noticed it is very hard to find much serious material in local Christian bookstores.:godisgood:
     
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    If you know anything about the following two men -- you realize how vastly different they were from one another . Gordon Clark ( a hero of mine ) was saved at a Billy Sunday "Revival " . Well , at least one person was spiritually quickened . The saints can be revived , refreshed in the Lord , by the Lord -- but a resurrection , not a "revival" is accomplished when one passes from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light . G.H.C. came to a saving union with Christ at that time . Was it because of B.S.'s preaching , or in spite of it ?
     
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    Most of you are aware that Charles Spurgeon had D.L. Moody preach from the Met. Tab. Pulpit several times . Spurgeon was an ardent Calvinist ( despite the protests about that designation by someone here ) and Moody was decidedly non-Calvinistic .

    Well , a favorite non-Calvinist of mine was Alexander Maclaren . He was friends with Gypsy Smith . Now G.S. made Moody look kinda' Reformed by comparison . Maclaren , an excellent expositer of the Word -- rarely had anyone speak from his pulpit . He made an exception with G.S. ( BTW, did you know that G.S. made Fanny Crosby cry ? He sang one of her own hymns to her . I don't mean that as a joke . He apparently had a very sweet voice and disposition .)
     
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    I have had better luck finding books of interest in a Cokesbury store (Methodist) and at Borders. Baptist / Lifeway stores don't intentionally carry anything that goes against the current leadership stance because they worry about flak. I quit going to the stores years ago because I became convinced that most of their clerks were not regular readers. Or, their reading fell within such a narrow range that they could not relate to people with wider interests. Once I was in the bookstore at Ridgecrest, and found a copy of H. Richard Niebuhr's The Meaning of Revelation in a section of books on the biblical book Revelation. I had read the Niebuhr book, and I remember thinking that someone was going to get a real surprise if they bought it unawares.

    We have an independent bookstore in Nashville, Davis-Kidd, that continues to maintain a section of staff favorites with written reviews and recommendations. Eventhough the store has slipped some since it was bought by a small chain, its clerks are enthusiastic readers. This makes a great deal of difference in their approach to their work.

    Tim Reynolds
     

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