Mailbox Review: Future Grace (2.5/5)

Future Grace (Revised Edition)
John Piper (Multnomah, 2012)

Rating: 2.5/5

When one considers that it is, in many cases, uncharitable to criticize a theologian’s (though, perhaps, “pastoral writer” is a more apt term in this case) past writings as Future Grace covernecessarily representing their current thoughts and beliefs, one will recognize the courage of John Piper to bring a seventeen-year-old work back to publication with the unabashed declaration that in the intervening years he has continually consulted it as “my war manual…my coach and my critic.” Whether such courage is more boldness than brashness is harder Continue reading

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Mailbox Review: Chivalry (2.5/5)

Chivalry: The Quest for a Personal Code of Honor in an Unjust World
Zach Hunter (Tyndale, 2013)

Rating: 2.5/5

Zach Hunter’s book, Chivalry, is not, in fact, an attempt to recover classical chivalric ideals and apply them to contemporary life, but his project is nevertheless an admirable and well-meaning one. Using the language of older chivalric codes to stand for more general moral principles, Hunter has put together a book aimed at forming virtue in adolescent generations that may have never been taught to think in virtue categories at all. While Hunter himself does seem to present the project as a modern application of medieval honor codes, his “ten principles” come across as ahistorical and thinly researched. Nevertheless, this inconsistency does not hinder him from going ahead toward his goal of instructing young readers in the arts of doing justice in their communities.

This mission, praiseworthy as it is, leads Hunter onto slippery ground in some places. Continue reading