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Book Reviews: Books by Os Guinness and John Knox

Fit Bodies, Fat Minds: Why Evangelicals Don't Think and What · to Do About It by Os Guinness.

This latest volume (already in its third edition) from the pen of this prolific writer examines the reasons why evangelicals fail to think from a Christian perspective. Of the many reasons he examines and. discusses, the following are included: polarization ("a false antagonism between the heart and the mind" p. 28), pietism (emphasizing a heart religion, which has historically opposed intellectualism), and populism, (a promotion of "the rights, wisdom, and virtues of common people") p. 44) that has led to churches being theologically leveled and thus retreating from a theological discussion of current issues. He also does not overlook the fact that we live in a day of visual images as opposed to communication by words. Thus, people have little motivation to think. Sadly, too many Christians are more interested in being entertained than in thoughtfully testing what they see and hear in terms of Scripture.

The First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women by John Knox.

Originally published in 1558, this republication appears at a time when the rule of women in the local church is again being debated in Reformed circles. Readers familiar with Knox's writings know that Knox pulls no punches in his thesis that the Bible prohibits the rule of women in the church and also in society. Writing during the reign of Queen Mary, he fearlessly states, "To promote a woman to bear rule, superiority, dominion, or empire above any realm, nation, or city is repugnant to nature; contumely [insult] to God, a thing most contrary to His revealed will and approved ordinance; and finally, it is subversion of good order, of all equity and justice." (p. 19).