Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

A Test of Bad Theology

In many situations when dealing with someone who has some deep-seated theological problems (legalists, strict Regulativist Presbyterians, Christian perfectionists, Dispensationalists etc.) there is a helpful measuring stick to gauge the extent of their problem.

Simply ask them two questions:
    1) "What was the last fiction book you read and when did you read it?"
    2) "Name a few of your favorite poets."

If they can’t remember their last fiction book or can’t name more than one or two poets, the problem is worse than you thought. This means they have been reading nothing aside from theology books, and, consequently, know nothing about theology. You have a long road ahead of you. If they fail to see the relevance of these two questions, the situation is even more desperate, and you may as well give up and leave them in their error.

Comments

Xindaeltal said…
Brother, I hate to say it, I think Doug Wilson has finally pushed you over the edge. Fiction probably isn't the best test of theology. ;-)
Rick said…
So, naturally, you fall into category 2.
Xindaeltal said…
I fall into neither category. Although I don't believe there were any categories created here...
Rick said…
Category 1: Those who can't remember their last fiction book or can't name more than one or two poets.

Category 2: Those who fail to see the relevance of these two questions.

:)
Xindaeltal said…
Oh did I say neither category. I ment I fall in to both categories! :-D. No, wait, I believe the last bit of fiction I read was somthing my a guy named... Luther. ;-)