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‘Are My Books Biased?’ (2013) (Re-run)

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There was a prominent book reviewer in 2013 who wouldn’t review my books because, he said, they were too full of Calvinism.

https://leeduigon.com/2018/01/10/are-my-books-biased-2013/

This reviewer makes a big thing of being a former Calvinist, till he saw the error of his ways and converted to Catholicism. I never heard that he reviewed books only written by Catholics. All I know is, he won’t review books written by me.

So here we go again, having to point out the bleeding obvious: the Temple in Obann is not the Roman Catholic Church; it’s the Temple in Obann and nobody in it ever even heard of Catholics or Protestants.

I’m just sorry my Aunt Betty, a scholar and a nun, died before my books were published. I would have loved to hear her insights!


My Newswithviews Column, July 4 (‘C.S. Lewis Nailed It’)

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Holy moly, it’s not Saturday–it’s Thursday! What with all those doctor visits, and then me crashing and burning yesterday with allergies, I went to bed last night feeling like it had already been Friday. Anyway, it’s time for Newswithviews.

C.S. Lewis Nailed It

If you haven’t yet read That Hideous Strength by C.S. Lewis, you ought to go ahead and read it now. You’ll be amazed by how clearly he was able to see our own problems of 2019 when he wrote the book in 1943. It’s the third book of a trilogy, but I’ve never had a problem with reading it on its own.

For liberalism, leftism, call it what you will, is a satanic project aimed at un-creating God’s creation.

That’s why they have to be defeated.


‘I Stand Rebuked’ (2016)

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I gave up on this one when the Sumerian hero’s immortal half-human mother started calling him ‘Gilgy’…

I’ve seldom been so disappointed in any fiction series as I was in Brian Godawa’s novels of life before the Great Flood. And I’ve seldom gotten so much pushback from a book review.

https://leeduigon.com/2016/01/16/i-stand-rebuked/

This guy wrote great movie reviews, and fascinating appendices; but his retelling of Genesis turned it into a cliche-packed summer movie script. “Disappointing” is hardly the word for it. “Bowel-wrenchingly awful” is barely adequate for descriptive purposes.

At least it wasn’t as hard as reviewing a book written by a friend.


Book Review: ‘Jesus on Trial’ (2015)

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In case you missed it the first time around, on Chalcedon’s website and in our print magazine, here’s my review of Jesus on Trial by David Limbaugh.

https://chalcedon.edu/magazine/jesus-on-trial-a-lawyer-affirms-the-truth-of-the-gospel-by-david-limbaugh

Reason isn’t everything, but it is something; and our faith is very often attacked on the grounds that it is not reasonable to believe in Jesus Christ, or to believe the Bible at all. David Limbaugh’s achievement is to show that it is. It is reasonable to believe. He writes as a Christian who fell away from the faith for years but then came back.

That description could be applied to many of us, couldn’t it?


‘More Religious Neutrality: NY Times Bans “Jesus on Trial” from Best Seller List’

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Remember this, from 2014? David Limbaugh’s book, Jesus on Trial, was the No. 1 best-seller on Amazon, which would have placed it No. 4 on the New York Times’ list… if the Times hadn’t chosen to pretend it didn’t exist.

https://leeduigon.com/2014/09/22/more-religious-neutrality-ny-times-bans-jesus-on-trial-from-best-seller-list/

Having read the book myself, I can’t explain why the Times banned it from its list. It’s just a book about Jesus by a Christian who believes in Him. Uh, wait a minute, I think I might’ve just answered my own question….


‘”Christian Fiction”–A Stepchild?’

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Holy cow….

The America I grew up in was a Christian America–but its movies, TV, and books were already heavily non-Christian. Looking back on it, I wonder why that was. It surely has a lot to do with the way America is now.

I don’t remember any such thing, back then, as “Christian fiction.”

https://leeduigon.com/2014/11/22/christian-fiction-a-stepchild/

Maybe if we hadn’t cut the Christian religious dimension out of our fictional worlds back then, we wouldn’t need a special category for “Christian fiction” now. I am sure no one noticed it back then–although if anyone did, and had the courage to speak up about it, it doesn’t seem like anyone was listening.


Review: Richard Dawkins

From our friend SlimJim’s blog, “The Domain for Truth”

I have to admit I was jarred to see the name “Richard Dawkins” and the phrase “Great Thinkers” on the same book cover. But Jimmy’s blog post makes it clear. Lots of food for thought here.    –LD

The Domain for Truth

Ransom Poythress. Richard Dawkins.  Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed Publishing, November 30th 2018. 192 pp.

5 out of 5

Purchase: Westminster Amazon

No doubt many people today would have heard of atheist spokesman Richard Dawkins.  What does a Christian and Reformed response to Richard Dawkins looks like?  This work is a defense of the Christian faith that deals with Richard Dawkins by also beyond him in dealing with the subject of atheism.  This book is part of the Great Thinkers series published by P&R Publishing and thus far of the three volumes (this work and the ones on Aquinas and Marx) I have read this one is by far my favorite one.

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My Newswithviews Column, May 23 (‘It’s War, All Right’)

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‘No hay pan’ is “We have no bread” in Spanish: Venezuelan slang for ‘Ain’t socialism wonderful?’

Remember what Sun Tzu said, in The Art of War: “On death ground, fight.”

It’s War, All Right

Far Left Crazy means to wipe out Christian America, and won’t let up until it does. The culture war is still on, it’s deadly serious, and Christian America has to win or Christian America dies. It’s that simply.

And never mind being “winsome”!

The time for that is after we’ve won a total victory and the Democrat Party has been forever consigned to the landfill of history.


‘Journey to the Hangman’

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Do you enjoy a cracking good detective yarn, full of realistic, vivid characters in an exotic setting–I mean, real exotic?

The late Arthur Upfield’s chronicles of Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte are among the best mystery novels ever written; and the one I’ve just finished reading, Journey to the Hangman, is one of my favorites.

In a very small and close-knit town in the Australian Outback, a town not very far removed at all from its frontier past–we’re in the 1950s here, but the town of Daybreak doesn’t seem to have a single television set–Bony has to solve three murders, with every indication that another murder will be done if he doesn’t catch the killer fast.

Visiting Daybreak is like stepping a hundred years into the past. Indeed, Upfield so excelled at settings that we sometimes forget he was just as masterful at describing characters and bringing them to life.

And of course the centerpiece of all these novels is Bony himself, half-white, half-aborigine–a hunter who has never failed to catch his prey, because he knows that just a single failure would destroy him. When Upfield started writing these books in the 1940s, many white Australians viewed the aborigines as primitive savages: but Upfield delved into the riches of their ancient culture, and wrote of them with respect and admiration. In our own era of supercharged racial politics, Upfield can be read as a voice of sanity. I appreciate that.

Anyway, it’s a real poser of a mystery, and yet we almost don’t care because the place and the people are so fascinating. Upfield knew how to put you there–and only great writers are able to do that… again and again.


David Horowitz: It’s War

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I have to review a book for Chalcedon, Dark Agenda by David Horowitz, and I’m feeling overwhelmed by the weight and seriousness of his argument, and the mountain of evidence he cites to support it. This blog post is an effort to warm up for the challenge.

Usually when I read a book to review, I mark striking passages with a pen and dog-ear the pages that I want to cite. I think I’ve dog-eared every other page in here. Well, that won’t do. Think, think, think…

Horowitz was raised by Far Left parents and grew up to become an activist for their movement in the 1960s. When he talks about the revolutionary Left, he knows what he’s talking about. That’s why they ban him from the social(ist) media. He has left his radical past behind and come over to our side.

The book’s subtitle is “The War to Destroy Christian America.” The fact that “war” is the most appropriate word he could have used is what’s so overwhelming about it. The Far Left literally means to destroy and erase everything about America that makes it America.

Horowitz, who is Jewish, believes that Christian America is one of the best things that ever happened to the human race, and that it deserves to be defended and preserved.

The bad guys aren’t kidding, folks. Radicalism is their religion, and they are waging a jihad against Christianity, which they hate with a passion that, for many of them, crosses the line into the psychotic. No debate, no compromise, no shared humanity: their goal is to wipe out every vestige of Christian America and create an authoritarian, atheistic hell-hole with themselves in charge.

No, I’m not exaggerating. Neither is David Horowitz. This book was shocking even to me.

The ancient Chinese sage, Sun Tzu, author of The Art of War, laconically described a certain kind of military situation in which strategy and tactical finesse don’t matter.

“On death ground, fight.”

Either Christian America wins, or Christian America dies. God give us strength: and may God fight for us.


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