- Clark is an Evangelical Christian. I point this out because a) it’s an important detail that influences his writing, b) it makes his absolutely destruction of the ‘Left Behind’ series and the Pre-Millennial Dispensationalist theology behind them all the sweeter. In these blog posts (and a slew of others on a different website) he examines, in great detail, what it is that makes the books so theologically abhorrent. he also points out that every single page of these books is filled with absolutely god-awful writing. Fred Clark is funny, insightful, and I am absolutely addicted to reading his blog.
2. ‘Out of the Silent Planet’ by C.S. Lewis
- Fred Clark has referred to C.S. Lewis on several occasions (usually when making a point about what respectable Christian theology/writing looks like) and it reminded me that I’m always meaning to read more C.S. Lewis… so I am. I’m only a few chapters into this one, but I like it quite a lot so far.
Somewhat related: I’m reading this without paying for it at bookstores (Barnes and Nobles, Borders)… this is normal for me, but since it’s happening only days after Borders has announced its complete dissolution as a company… i feel it’s worth mentioning. i guess i feel a bit bad?
3. ‘Bone’ by Jeff Smith
- Formidably lengthy comic-book series combining epic, LOTR-style adventure with newspaper-comic-hijinks… kind of. i’m nearly halfway through it, and i like it quite a bit.