Let's face it, some people are scared off by conceptual reasoning. That's why Jacobson and company have done us all a favor with this offbeat, witty introduction. Here are ironic definitions and humorous essays that go to the heart of profound theological issues, with manifold implications. Features 50 black-and-white illustrations. 160 pages, softcover. Augsburg.
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Date:April 14, 2008
"Crazy Talk" is a humorous devotional "dictionary" of theological terms.Rolf Jacobson has put together a little book organized around the big and not-so-big words Christians use when talking about God. He calls theology "Crazy Talk."Each entry starts with a tongue-in-cheek definition of the term and then a short humorous -- but accurate -- discussion of the term and why it matters to Christians.The words considered by "Crazy Talk" range from the familiar -- Angel, Bible . . . Worship -- to more technical theology -- Adoptionism, Canon . . . Theodicy.The authors are Lutheran and reflect that perspective. (They even define some Lutheran theological words like "adiaphora" -- a word and perspective worth knowing!) But all Christians, regardless of their denominational tradition, will enjoy this book and benefit from its content.You could read the book like a devotional -- a word a day. But chances are you won't be able to stop with just one word. Once I picked it up I couldn't put it down.