Category Archives: Book Reviews

Jekyll and Hyde

Holloway, Richard. Between the Monster and the Saint: Reflections on the Human Condition. Edinburgh: Canongate, 2008. The psychologist James Hollis’s candidate for the wisest utterance ever uttered by a human being are these six words of the Latin playwright Terence who lived at about the time of Jesus: “Nothing human is alien to me.”   It is… Continue Reading

The Path Toward Peace

Kornfield, Jack. A Path With Heart: A Guide Through the Perils and Promises of the Spiritual Life. New York: Bantam Books, 1993. If there is a human being with a resting pulse rate in the 20s, I’m putting my money on Jack Kornfield. Simply reading his book is likely to lower yours. Kornfield is a… Continue Reading

New Testament Scholarship at Its Finest

Patterson, Stephen. The Lost Way: How Two Forgotten Gospels Are Rewriting the Story of Christian Origins. New York: Harper Collins, 2014. Steve Patterson is the Greg Maddux of New Testament scholarship. While others often try to blast you away with their best (read: wordy) stuff, only to fail to convince, Patterson, with a great economy… Continue Reading

A Psychologist at the Top of His Trade

Haidt, Jonathan. The Happiness Hypothesis: Finding Modern Truth in Ancient Wisdom. New York: Basic Books, 2006. Jonathan Haidt (now at New York University) set himself about the rather daunting task of surveying large chunks of the world’s great religions and philosophies and secular writings in the effort to see if he could find some common… Continue Reading