January 31, 2010
On November 1, 2004 Roy Hallums ducked out of a dinner party hosted by his employer in the upscale Mansour district of Baghdad to finish some work in an adjacent office building of the Saudi Arabian Trading and Construction Company. At the same time a gang of ruthless thugs, later identified as members of the Jaish al-Mujahideen or Mujahideen Army, were finalizing their plans to storm the company’s compound. Little did Roy Hallums realize, as he crossed the secured and protected distance from the dinner party to his office, that he was also crossing over into a brutal 311 day nightmare during which time he would be virtually Buried Alive.
Warning: Buried Alive is a white-knuckle firsthand tale of terror, torture, and triumph that will leave the reader’s fingernails permanently imprinted on the book’s front and back covers. On the 241 pages between those two covers readers will glimpse, if only as from beneath a blindfold, a surreal world in which kidnapping and human traffic is considered a legitimate form of business and where the adhan, or Islamic call to prayer, is accompanied by the sound of torture induced cries and screams. The book however is not without its lighter (if that is a word that can be used in such circumstances) moments. Case in point: upon being pistol whipped by a guard because President Bush had won reelection in the U.S. Roy Hallums quipped “I guess he was a Kerry supporter”.
This is a book that should be read by everyone who wishes to have greater insight into events in the Middle East. Be warned though, although it is not overly graphic and never sensational, the facts portrayed within leaves of this book are indelible.
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September 27, 2009
If you don’t want to defend it and if you “may” have changed your mind, repudiate the book Dan Barker.
Related: The Most Unusual Event in All of My Debates Took Place Today
March 6, 2009
If the “customer reviews” at amazon.com about Ray Comfort’s new book were written by people who actually read the book, it appears that Mr. Comfort’s biggest fans are primarily of the ‘angry skeptics’ variety. You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think: Answers to Questions from Angry Skeptics has been tagged by them (as of the writing of this post) with such terms as strawman (72 times), illogical (73 times), lies (66 times), and my personal favorite: breathtaking inanity (83 times).
Logically, one would reason that if the book is really filled with “tiresome” and “sad arguments and lies” as some of the angry skeptics have written in their comments, they wouldn’t be snapping it up en mass as they claim. Of course, Ray’s new book may not be as popular among the angry skeptics as their comments seem to suggest. If that’s the case, most of the ‘customer comments’ were actually posted by people who really didn’t read the book. A fact that, if true, would make them a bunch of narrow minded bigots who are evidently more threatened by what they perceive as a challenge to their faith than by the actual content of the book.
Either way I guess, as Ray Comfort’s new book aptly demonstrates, that You Can Lead an Atheist to Evidence, But You Can’t Make Him Think.
February 28, 2009
The publishing company Wiley-Blackwell has decided to stop the publication of the now not soon to be released reference work titled Encyclopedia of Christian Civilization. Reasons cited for what may well be “the first instance of mass book-burning in the 21st century” included that the ECC contained words or passages about the Virgin Birth, the Resurrection, Evangelism, a “tone” of uniqueness about Christ and Christianity, and historical references to the persecution and massacres of Christians by Muslims.
The four volume work about Christian civilization was also criticized because it used BC/AD date references instead of BCE/CE, it didn’t include articles favorable to Islam, and it failed to denigrate Christianity “in some form or fashion”. (Online Source).
The historical irony of Wiley-Blackwell’s decision is that the origins of the modern publishing business is descendent from Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the printing press from which the very first ever published book was the Bible.
Welcome to the brave new world of editorial stupidity and censorship. Nazi armbands may be purchased in the Wiley-Blackwell gift shop.
January 2, 2009
July 10, 2009 marks the 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s first birth. To commemorate the occasion, Princeton Seminary has published a public one year reading plan that also includes an audio/ podcast format designed to complete Calvin’s The Institutes of the Christian Religion over the course of the year (RSS link). A ‘Public is Welcome’ sign has been hung out at a discussion forum set up for those in the Presbytery of New Brunswick who will be reading the Institutes in ’09. That may be fun to check in on from time to time. Finally, Douglas Wilson at Blog and Mablog will be posting study/discussion questions in sync with the Princeton daily readings.
It seems that John Calvin was a bit reluctant to talk about himself in any detail and I couldn’t find a specific date he was born again. Several commentaries I have read places that event sometime between 1527 and (November 1) 1533 however about that event Calvin wrote this in his Preface to the Psalms:
“God in His secret providence finally curbed and turned me in another direction. At first, although I was so obstinately given to the superstitions of the papacy, that it was extremely difficult to drag me from the depths of the mire, yet be a sudden conversion He tamed my heart and made it teachable, this heart which for its age was excessively hardened in such matters.”
It is my prayer that the Lord uses the occasion of the celebration of John Calvin’s 500th First-Birth day in 2009 to allow many others to experience that same taming which can only come from Above through the second birth.