A work steeped in scientific knowledge but perplexing in delivery.


The Greatest Commandment

A wide-ranging exploration of creation, the human condition, and God’s relationship with humanity.

Steineker uses a verse from the Book of Matthew as the source of his title: “Jesus replied: ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ ” Steineker often digresses from his discussion of this verse, and most of the author’s work is an exposition on the relationship between science and faith, from one view or another. For instance, a chapter on chemistry compares men and women to elements on the periodic table. Elsewhere, he discusses the science of “virgin birth,” noting that the Komodo dragon and zebra shark have been known to produce offspring in this manner. He concludes that Jesus Christ was therefore an “evolutionary birth.” In his concluding chapter, Steineker digs deeply into the “Greatest Commandment”: “God does not require us to be good,” the author writes. He references the books of John and Matthew when neatly outlining those requirements: “Love all that is good….The test is did you love your neighbor!” The author displays an impressive knowledge of the sciences, covering at length physics, biology, chemistry, etc. His writing style, however, often obscures his meaning. The text’s focus swings widely between or even within paragraphs. For instance, while describing the Catholic Church’s views on the Big Bang theory, the author suddenly shifts to a discussion of the use of wine and juice in the Eucharist. Puzzling statements (“Eve has Adam’s bone within her, just like Helium has the structure of Hydrogen in its electron cloud”) may cause further confusion.

A work steeped in scientific knowledge but perplexing in delivery.

Pub Date: Dec. 20, 2010

ISBN: 978-1-4497-0666-1

Page Count: 214

Publisher: Westbow Press

Review Posted Online: Sept. 18, 2015

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The sub-title of this book is "Reflections on Education with Special Reference to the Teaching of English in the Upper Forms of Schools." But one finds in it little about education, and less about the teaching of English. Nor is this volume a defense of the Christian faith similar to other books from the pen of C. S. Lewis. The three lectures comprising the book are rather rambling talks about life and literature and philosophy. Those who have come to expect from Lewis penetrating satire and a subtle sense of humor, used to buttress a real Christian faith, will be disappointed.

Pub Date: April 8, 1947

ISBN: 1609421477

Page Count: -

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 17, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: April 1, 1947

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Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.


Comprehensive, myth-busting examination of the Colorado high-school massacre.

“We remember Columbine as a pair of outcast Goths from the Trench Coat Mafia snapping and tearing through their high school hunting down jocks to settle a long-running feud. Almost none of that happened,” writes Cullen, a Denver-based journalist who has spent the past ten years investigating the 1999 attack. In fact, Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold conceived of their act not as a targeted school shooting but as an elaborate three-part act of terrorism. First, propane bombs planted in the cafeteria would erupt during lunchtime, indiscriminately slaughtering hundreds of students. The killers, positioned outside the school’s main entrance, would then mow down fleeing survivors. Finally, after the media and rescue workers had arrived, timed bombs in the killers’ cars would explode, wiping out hundreds more. It was only when the bombs in the cafeteria failed to detonate that the killers entered the high school with sawed-off shotguns blazing. Drawing on a wealth of journals, videotapes, police reports and personal interviews, Cullen sketches multifaceted portraits of the killers and the surviving community. He portrays Harris as a calculating, egocentric psychopath, someone who labeled his journal “The Book of God” and harbored fantasies of exterminating the entire human race. In contrast, Klebold was a suicidal depressive, prone to fits of rage and extreme self-loathing. Together they forged a combustible and unequal alliance, with Harris channeling Klebold’s frustration and anger into his sadistic plans. The unnerving narrative is too often undermined by the author’s distracting tendency to weave the killers’ expressions into his sentences—for example, “The boys were shooting off their pipe bombs by then, and, man, were those things badass.” Cullen is better at depicting the attack’s aftermath. Poignant sections devoted to the survivors probe the myriad ways that individuals cope with grief and struggle to interpret and make sense of tragedy.

Carefully researched and chilling, if somewhat overwritten.

Pub Date: April 6, 2009

ISBN: 978-0-446-54693-5

Page Count: 406

Publisher: Twelve

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Feb. 15, 2009

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