Original Dr. Steve's Almanac of Christian Trivia: A Miscellany of Oddities, Instructional Anecdotes, Little-Known Facts, and Occasional Frivolity

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Why isn't Easter on the same day every year? Where did the song "Kum Ba Yah" come from and what exactly does it mean? Why don't we know exactly how to pronounce God's name? What's the definition of those theological words like eschatology? hermeneutics? supralapsarianism? Can I join the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys? Who was St. Patrick and is it true he wasn't Irish? How is it that nearly every hotel room has a Gideon's Bible?

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Overview

Why isn't Easter on the same day every year? Where did the song "Kum Ba Yah" come from and what exactly does it mean? Why don't we know exactly how to pronounce God's name? What's the definition of those theological words like eschatology? hermeneutics? supralapsarianism? Can I join the Fellowship of Christian Cowboys? Who was St. Patrick and is it true he wasn't Irish? How is it that nearly every hotel room has a Gideon's Bible?

Steve Wilkens offers answers and reflections on these and scores of other questions in this thoroughly instructional and often amusing almanac of things you should have learned in Sunday School, but somehow didn't.

Also offered are quizzes on famous biblical phrases and definitions of theological terms. This volume is thoroughly instructional, and totally fun. A great gift!

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Alan G. Padgett
"From the Old Testament through the birth of early Christianity and into the most cutting-edge trends in the church today, it's all here. I can't say that I could detect even a smidgen of order, logic or coherence to any of it, but it is all here."
Alan G. Padgett, Ph.D.,professor of systematic theology, Luther Seminary, and author of Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 2
Dr. Steve's mom
"I kept telling his dad that lead-based paint wasn't a very good idea when we repainted his bedroom."
Gary W. Moon
"Almanacs are a wonderful American tradition. From Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac to The Farmer's Almanac, people have been able to count on them to provide useful information, helpful hints about everything under the sun and occasional heart-warming stories. Year after year, they enrich our lives. Dr. Steve's Almanac is not like that."
Gary W. Moon, Ph.D.,vice president and chair of integration at Psychological Studies Institute, and author of Falling for God
Mark A. Noll
"First there was Aquinas's Summa Theologica. Then there was Barth's majestic Church Dogmatics. Now there's The Original Dr. Steve's Almanac. Anyway, I think that is the correct chronological order."
Mark A. Noll, Ph.D., Francis McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

"From the Old Testament through the birth of early Christianity and into the most cutting-edge trends in the church today, it's all here. I can't say that I could detect even a smidgen of order, logic or coherence to any of it, but it is all here."
---Alan G. Padgett, Ph.D., professor of systematic theology, Luther Seminary, and author of Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 2

"Almanacs are a wonderful American tradition. From Benjamin Franklin's Poor Richard's Almanac to The Farmer's Almanac, people have been able to count on them to provide useful information, helpful hints about everything under the sun and occasional heart-warming stories. Year after year, they enrich our lives. Dr. Steve's Almanac is not like that."
---Gary W. Moon, Ph.D., vice president and chair of integration at Psychological Studies Institute, and author of Falling for God

"First there was Aquinas's Summa Theologica. Then there was Barth's majestic Church Dogmatics. Now there's The Original Dr. Steve's Almanac. Anyway, I think that is the correct chronological order."
---Mark A. Noll, Ph.D., Francis McAnaney Professor of History, University of Notre Dame

"I kept telling his dad that lead-based paint wasn't a very good idea when we repainted his bedroom."
---Dr. Steve's mom

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780830834389
  • Publisher: InterVarsity Press
  • Publication date: 6/28/2007
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Steve Wilkens (Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary) is professor of philosophy and ethics at Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, California. He has also taught as an adjunct faculty member at Mount San Antonio College, Glendale Community College, Fuller Theological Seminary and Azusa Pacific University's C. P. Haggard Graduate School of Theology.

His books include Good Ideas from Questionable Christians and Outright Pagans, Christianity & Western Thought, Volume 2: Faith and Reason in the Nineteenth Century (coauthored with Alan Padgett) and Beyond Bumper Sticker Ethics. He is also coeditor with Paul Shrier and Ralph P. Martin of Christian Calling, Christian College: Higher Education in the Service of the Church.

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Table of Contents


Acknowledgments     9
Why No One Knows for Sure How to Pronounce God's Name     11
B.C./A.D     14
Toss Me One of Those Vipers     17
Jesus Loves Me, This I Know     21
Tattoos: They're Not Just for Bikers Anymore     24
Dug Up     27
The Gideons     31
In Search of the Holy Grail     35
We Do It All for You     38
Lots of Wives, a Bunch of Executions and a Book (Episode I)     39
Mottos     43
Searchin' for Strays     45
St. Patrick-The Man and the Myth     47
Who Named This Denomination Anyway?     50
Columba     53
Chapter and Verse     55
Not Your Ordinary Thieving Evangelist     57
Bluffing Your Way Through Theological Discussions     61
Prolific Hymnists     63
The Serenity Prayer     65
From Saint to Santa     67
What You Will Learn When You Get to Heaven     71
WWJD?     72
The Vulgar Bible     76
"Hey Simeon, Can You See My House from Up There?"     79
The Amish     81
One of History's Most Significant Diets     84
Hoaxes and Urban Myths     85
Yoido     91
Small Potatoes in a Megachurch World     94
Familiar Phrases from King James     95
The Origins of the Sunday School     96
They've Got You Covered     100
Pulling Out All the Stops     101
A Really Big Little Nation     105
Oh, Susanna     107
"Kum Ba Yah"     110
From Azusa Street to the World     112
The Holy Land Experience     115
Fish Out of Water     118
Great Opening Lines     120
Execution by Baptism     123
Michelangelo and the Sistine Chapel     124
More Than Just Bell-Ringers     127
A Church with No Name     131
Amazing Agnes     133
Marty and Katie     135
"I'm Gonna Yodel My Way to Heaven"     138
Paradise (and Big Royalties) Lost     141
A Little Papal Trivia     143
God on the Air     148
Lots of Wives, a Bunch of Executions and a Book (Episode II)     150
Salvation Mountain     154
When Is Easter?     156
Answers     159
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