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Posted September 10, 2007
The Linguist, the Philosopher, and the Language of God
Understanding the language of God would be an amazing achievement if Ron Julian & the Crabtrees had accomplished such an undertaking. Humility aside, the goal was woefully out of reach. Relying on linguistic terminology and copious, rambling illustrations, the authors rarely complete discussions or support conclusions that relate to the chapter headings or stated theses. The goal of helping others to understand the Bible requires clear communication and clarity of thought ironically, both components are missing from this effort. The authors ramble and provide illustration after illustration until meaning is obscured. They raise and leave unanswered many questions relating to the reliability of biblical translations and our ability to understand God's Word. This book fosters confusion and doubt while touting the advancements contributed by linguistic and philosophical theorists. While the authors appear to hold to steadfast doctrines of the Bible, they ignorantly chip away at the foundation they claim to be defending. The chapter devoted to applying God's worldview primarily provides 3 simplistic questions to guide in life's decision making process and several pages of discussion about the state of the spotted owl. The reader is left with the sensation that they have been peering through the 'Looking Glass' as they are advised by Dr. Crabtree to 'step into God's head.' Experience seems to be elevated to an equal position with biblical revelation, if not a higher one. While the author 'seldom finds it helpful... to make decisions by asking... what Jesus would do in a given situation....' I do not find this book helpful in understanding the language of God.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.