The Broken Way

Ann Voskamp's style is hard for some people to take. Her books are prose poetry, and those who are interested in a strictly academic systematic theology will be disappointed. I find that her writing style is the most common criticism by people who don't like her books. I, however, love the way she writes. It's like an amalgam of T.S. Eliot and Bonhoeffer.

Another criticism I've heard of Voskamp is that her theology is heretical mysticism that perverts the gospel. I read one "discernment" blogger saying that she could hear the whispering of the serpent through Ann Voskamp's writing. I honestly don't get this one at all. I didn't find any trace of bad doctrine in this book at all. Maybe she emphasizes things in a different way than I would, maybe she uses non-standard theological vocabulary, but what she is presenting here is a pretty solid theology of suffering such as Martin Luther would have undoubtedly approved. She's also probably more well…

Recipe for the Qur'an

Recipe for Qur’an

1 cup Old Testament (OT)
3 cups Moralizing
2 cups Feelings of Persecution
2 cups Delusions of Grandeur
3 tbsp Good Old-Fashioned Crazy

1. Separate narrative, poetry, and all other literary value from OT. Beat what is left in a mixing bowl until the stories are all mixed up and confused.

2. Whisk in Moralizing. Stir until smooth.

3. Mix in Feelings of Persecution and Delusions of Grandeur

4. Let sit in the hot desert near Medina for two years.

5. Sprinkle with Crazy and serve hot.

* Note: It is important to follow the recipe precisely. The exact same ingredients allowed to mix about in New York will produce the Book of Mormon.


Dale Melchin said…
Recipe for Protestantism:

Split historic church in to East and West Portions 1054... allow to Set for 400 years smacking Western Part against eastern part until the Eastern Part gets tore up by a mean and vicious Karabash.

With the Western Half mix in equal parts Monarchy, political ambition, human rights violations and inquisition. Mix with water and boil for 400 years... not this must be done while you are beating the Eastern Half with the Western half and the Karabash is trying to tear up the Eastern half or it won't work.

Finally after Western Half has boiled, split into Equal Parts Calvin, Luther, Zwingli, Menno and remove Monarchy but increase mixture of political ambition, and democracy, entitlement and Cathlophiba.

Rick said…
Recipe for Eastern Orthodoxy:

1. Begin with Church Fathers just like Western Church.

2. Due to different cultural and historical circumstances, develop down a different path from the Western Church.

3. Continue for 2000 years.

4. At the end of the 2000 years assert that only the Western Church has developed and likewise assert that the Eastern Church has not developed and is, on the contrary, exactly the same as it was during the time of the apostles.