An intellectually provocative study that turns out to be more comprehensive in scope than argumentatively persuasive.

THE RIGHT HAND OF GOD

A panoramic historical analysis focuses on the Bible as an account of the unfolding of humanity’s spiritual development on Earth. 

According to debut author Moffatt, the modern age is one of fractured promise: advances in technology have liberated humans from economic scarcity, and new vistas opened up by physics have helped illuminate the order of God’s Creation. But the schism between the natural and social sciences—and the resultant exaltation of humanism and technological progress over theology and metaphysics—makes a coherent view of the whole elusive. In addition, a new understanding of the rights of man, consummated in the Declaration of Independence, achieved political liberty, but the repeated attempts to deliver democracy abroad threaten to undermine that accomplishment. Further, the philosophical discovery of the individual during the Reformation is diminished by the ensuing isolation from God and his deepest spiritual ends. Moffatt provides both a synopsis of biblical history and the gradual formation of Western civilization, profoundly linked given the nature of the Bible’s successive revelations over time: “The Bible is a cumulative narrative of man’s spiritual evolution through God’s continuing revelation of Himself, as man was able to understand.” The author’s good news is that the proper consummation of the Judeo-Christian religion provides the key to ushering in a new Age of Integrity, wherein a harmony between humans and God is established. What is needed is a religion that properly places Jesus at its core and an appreciation of the way in which the Trinity presents the metaphysical key to comprehending the totality of the cosmos. Moffatt’s multifaceted survey is astonishingly ambitious, and the author’s erudition is both broad and deep. (The book also includes various maps and charts to aid readers.) But Moffatt simply covers too much ground in just over 210 pages—the thesis furnished is so sweeping it would take several volumes to become fully convincing. For example, the author argues that the Creation story in the book of Genesis presciently anticipates much of modern science. But Moffatt never makes the possibility that there is a biblical recognition of dark energy and dark matter even remotely plausible. 

An intellectually provocative study that turns out to be more comprehensive in scope than argumentatively persuasive. 

Pub Date: March 15, 2017

ISBN: 978-1-63524-895-1

Page Count: -

Publisher: LitFire Publishing

Review Posted Online: June 28, 2017

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...

THE ELEMENTS OF STYLE

50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION

Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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IN MY PLACE

From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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