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Bob’s Exploratory Theological Adventures — Bob Little

Classification: Religion and beliefs, Theology

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Robert Draycott in Baptist Min
A delight which ought to be pu
Review date: 11th April 2023

Robert Draycott in the Baptist Ministers’ Journal.
This is a delight which ought to be put in the hands of every Baptist. That is a rather OTT statement, but having feared having to damn with faint praise, I am impressed and excited to come across something that is theological, insightful, instructive, and readable. I can hardly improve on Sir Les Ebdon’s review—that recommendation forms part of the book’s introduction and I will deliberately not read it again until I have completed this effort. The author himself says that this collection of short pieces, written for a church magazine, is intended for preachers, for those who have to stand in at the last minute when planned speakers fail to turn up, and for students and disciples of all ages who are (key quote), ‘interested in applying biblical teaching to living effectively, practically and successfully in the modern age’. That sentence should be recommendation enough and I believe the book lived up to it. I will, however, enthuse and inform further, offering gems chosen at random. ‘Incarnation refers to the synthesis of matter and spirit...The dualism (splitting and separating) of the spiritual and the so-called secular is what Jesus came to reveal as untrue and incomplete’. Then, from another article, ‘Irenaeus was concerned (presciently, as it’s turned out) that the doctrine of creation out of nothing would lead to humans abusing creation...’.This illustrates an important truth: bad theology has consequences. Across the page in another article Robert Little says Teilhard de Chardin ‘came to acknowledge that the Darwinian revolution and contemporary cosmology have important implications for theology’. High quality, great relevance, stimulating, thought-provoking, and above all, theological and biblical. What more can I say, except to add that there is a very helpful index at the beginning. Then at the end there is a Bible references index, which indicates a very wide coverage of both Testaments. Thoroughly recommended.


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Review date: 17th August 2023

A very thought-provoking book. Useful as a devotional, to prepare for church talks or preaching, or just to dip into for interest’s sake.


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As the book’s sub-title suggests, each essay in this collection contains non-prescriptive insights. The essays are intended – and designed – to provoke thought. Far from being the only definitive answer to the topics they discuss, they’re supposed to offer Ideas, Nuances, Suggestions, Inspirations, Glimpses, Hints and Thoughts (insight) on issues relating to living life from a perspective of Christian theology. Not every reader will agree wholeheartedly with everything in this book – nor, necessarily, should they – but, hopefully this book will offer them some insights and draw some conclusions that, at least some readers will find new, unusual, interesting and worth at least some further thought.

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Rating: 5.00 out of 5 (1 customer ratings)
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Reviews

Robert Draycott in Baptist Min
A delight which ought to be pu
Review date: 11th April 2023

Robert Draycott in the Baptist Ministers’ Journal.
This is a delight which ought to be put in the hands of every Baptist. That is a rather OTT statement, but having feared having to damn with faint praise, I am impressed and excited to come across something that is theological, insightful, instructive, and readable. I can hardly improve on Sir Les Ebdon’s review—that recommendation forms part of the book’s introduction and I will deliberately not read it again until I have completed this effort. The author himself says that this collection of short pieces, written for a church magazine, is intended for preachers, for those who have to stand in at the last minute when planned speakers fail to turn up, and for students and disciples of all ages who are (key quote), ‘interested in applying biblical teaching to living effectively, practically and successfully in the modern age’. That sentence should be recommendation enough and I believe the book lived up to it. I will, however, enthuse and inform further, offering gems chosen at random. ‘Incarnation refers to the synthesis of matter and spirit...The dualism (splitting and separating) of the spiritual and the so-called secular is what Jesus came to reveal as untrue and incomplete’. Then, from another article, ‘Irenaeus was concerned (presciently, as it’s turned out) that the doctrine of creation out of nothing would lead to humans abusing creation...’.This illustrates an important truth: bad theology has consequences. Across the page in another article Robert Little says Teilhard de Chardin ‘came to acknowledge that the Darwinian revolution and contemporary cosmology have important implications for theology’. High quality, great relevance, stimulating, thought-provoking, and above all, theological and biblical. What more can I say, except to add that there is a very helpful index at the beginning. Then at the end there is a Bible references index, which indicates a very wide coverage of both Testaments. Thoroughly recommended.


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Review date: 17th August 2023

A very thought-provoking book. Useful as a devotional, to prepare for church talks or preaching, or just to dip into for interest’s sake.


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