Monday, November 30, 2015

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

In Killing Patton the authors have written a compelling and retelling of a portion of the second world war. The events surround American General George S. Patton, directly and indirectly. Leaders such as Eisenhower, Churchill, Roosevelt and Stalin are also covered in some detail.

This books, like past works, seeds doubt about the official story for General Patton’s death. It’s rumored Patton was killed for his views on Joseph Stalin and the communist army in Europe. A federal government worker, Douglas Bazata, later claimed he was part of the murder of General Patton. Bazata has never been taken seriously.

In the end, this book covers and touches on things most other histories do not. The most shocking part of the book was the “encouraged” gang raping communist soldiers performed. When the Russians entered Berlin, its believe they raped over 100,000 German women. Adolescent, elderly and pregnant were not spared this horrific abuse.

“Audacity” was a method Patton lived by. This books author has done no less. This is a highly recommended read and I suspect like I did, you’ll learn something new about the second world war. This book is a reminder that we nothing to grant the freedoms we have now. We’re just the caretakers.

Killing Patton: The Strange Death of World War II's Most Audacious General

Monday, November 16, 2015

How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee

I completed a book by Professor Bart Ehrman titled How Jesus Became God: The Exaltation of a Jewish Preacher from Galilee. As you can tell, I've been going through a few religious books lately. I hope that is alright.

Ehrman writes from a perspective of looking at the Jewish figure Jesus, so he says historically, rather than theologically. He often falls in the category of a critic, which makes him unpopular with some. How Jesus became God looks at the development of Jesus and the potential evolutions to his deity, that includes all Pagan theory's and possible influences.

There’s no other book like this that I’ve found. Often critics of Christianity’s version of monotheism place their view of one God in doubt, due to the belief of God as a trinity. However, you find a similar theme in ancient views of Judaism. That is before Judaism started defining itself as distinct from Christianity.

Within ancient Judaism, you find a belief of two powers or a plurality of two within their monotheistic one God. Today some have traded this view out for God appearing as multiple emanations, emanation as flowing out from a source or origin. The point here is when Jesus started being viewed as a divine person within the one God, it wasn’t the first time the masses heard something like this. It wasn’t a foreign view back then like it is today.

Ehrman is not a Christian. Nor does he desire to support mainstream Christianity. This leaves him with his detractors in that group. If you are alright with having what you believe challenged, it doesn’t mean you have to change your views. There’s a lot of historical information for armchair historians that you may enjoy.

There might be better books out there on this subject. I haven't even scratched the surface in my brief mention concerning the bulk of material that this book contains. For that reason, I'm going to hold off on recommending it. Your choice to read it.

Monday, November 9, 2015

I Will: Nine Traits Of The Outwardly Focused Christian

I completed reading the book, I Will: Nine Traits Of The Outwardly Focused Christian. Friends were the cause of my interest in this. Looking online, it was a book that I could not find one single negative review on. More or less, the book is an autopsy of the American church. In the authors view, its how we got there and now, what to do about it.

The primary issue the author focuses on is people looking to get served, instead of serving. Its how we've all become generation "me," my words. Frankly, I think this isn't just a defect in the Church community, but a defect in out entire western society. It goes beyond western Christianity. However the authors focus and intent was the American church. A recommended read.

Saturday, November 7, 2015

When You Don't Follow The Law!

When you don't follow the law, especially when you're on travel roads, you may knowingly set events in motion. While many times this won't create a danger for you, you may put someone else in harm's way. Let me provide an example.

Last week I was waiting to enter a crosswalk. A vehicle driven by a young driver stopped her car right on top of  the crosswalk. She's oblivious to everything around her. Why? Because she's engage in a mobile phone conversation while driving. Cell phones without hands free is generally illegal.

I need to cross, so I walk behind the vehicle. I should have crossed in front. This resulted in the a vehicle in the opposite lane not seeing me. I was mindful of not just walking out and stopped.

Most cars in the opposite lane stopped for me. For some reason one waited until the last minute. Maybe they didn't see me. They applied their brakes in an emergency fashion.

After I had almost completed my crossing the vehicle that skidded to a stop floored their accelerator pedal and almost clipped me. I jumped out of the way just in time. The start chain of these events was someone needed to be on the cell phone while driving. I could tell by the giggling that it wasn't an emergency call.