Of all the things I post about on my blog, it always surprises me which posts get the most hits. Here are my 7 most popular posts to date:
1. Ancient Persian Imperial History :: pt. 2 :: The Empires Peak — This was just part 2 (of 4) in a series I did on the ancient Persian Empire. I was shocked when I began to realize that more people were interested in my concise summary of this history than any of my other posts.
2. Psychology is the Devil: A Critique of Jay Adams’ Counseling Paradigm — My very brief criticism and critique of Jay Adams’ book Competent to Counsel, along with a bit of criticism about the Biblical Counseling Movement he influenced. I don’t know why this post became such a popular post either.
3. The Sacrament of Baptism in Roman Catholic Theology — Here I simply summarized the Catholic view of Baptism using the Catholic Catechism and offered my friendly Protestant critique.
4. Charlemagne & the Carolingian Renaissance — The entire history of Charlemagne and his legacy in four short paragraphs.
5. What Martin Luther Really Said — In this post, I correct a certain misunderstanding of Luther’s doctrine of justification by offering quotations from Luther that show that Luther’s doctrine of sola fide is not what most Protestants think it is.
6. Extra-biblical Evidence for King David — I read a book written by a secular historian who thinks King David was a brutal tyrant. Yet his introductory chapter deals with evidence for King David, and the author thinks many historians are being unreasonable in their skepticism about the existence of the Davidic Kingdom. I couldn’t believe what I read.
7. Book Review: Jesus of Nazareth by Pope Benedict XVI — My review of the current Pope’s book about Jesus. This review is not easy reading, for I critically analyze Pope Ratzinger’s theological methodology, not the substance of the book as a whole. I use the Pope’s own explanation of an ideal methodology (taken from an article written long before he was pope) to judge whether or not the Pope is faithful to his own methodological proposal.
Thanks for your excellent summary here! This is a good service to other Western Christians. Formerly Evangelical, I became Orthodox in 2007. Another book I found very helpful in that process was “Common Ground: An Introduction to Eastern Christianity for the American Christian” by Jordan Bajis and published by Light and Life Publishing Co., Minneapolis, MN. You might enjoy that book as well, though the format and approach is much different from Bp. Kallistos’ book. “The Orthodox Way” by Bp. Kallistos is also a good complement to the book you have reviewed.
I think you’ll enjoy the collection of quotes found in this article since it regards your particular topic of interest: Justification.
Wow. A lot of quotations in that post. Thank you so much for continually providing me with links to good stuff! 🙂