Law Religion Culture Review

Exploring the intersections of law, religion and culture. Copyright by Richard J. Radcliffe. All rights reserved.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

The Year in Review, 2009.

Books Read

1. Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church by Michael Horton (reviewed 1/15/09);

2. Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell (reviewed 1/19/09);

3. Fun While It Lasted: My Rise and Fall in the Land of Fame and Fortune by Bruce McNall (reviewed 1/26/09);

4. Journey of a Thousand Miles: My Story by Lang Lang with David Ritz (reviewed 2/4/09);

5. Lawyer Boy by Rick Lax (reviewed 2/11/09);

6. How to Lose Friends and Alienate People: A Memoir by Toby Young (reviewed 3/2/09);

7. A Bold Fresh Piece of Humanity by Bill O'Reilly (reviewed 3/20/09);

8. Why I Became An Atheist: A Former Preacher Rejects Christianity by John W. Loftus (reviewed 4/5/09);

9. There is a God: How the World's Most Notorious Atheist Changed His Mind by Antony Flew with Roy Abraham Varghese (reviewed 4/24/09);

10. 40 Days and 40 Nights: Darwin, Intelligent Design, God, OxyContin and Other Oddities on Trial in Pennsylvania by Matthew Chapman (reviewed 4/30/09);

11. Will the Real Jesus Please Stand Up? A Debate Between William Lane Craig and John Dominic Crossan (reviewed 5/13/09);

12. Monkey Girl: Evolution, Education, Religion, and the Battle for America's Soul by Edward Humes (reviewed 5/21/09);

13. Driving Mr. Albert: A Trip Across America With Einstein's Brain by Michael Paterniti (reviewed 5/24/09);

14. The Unlikely Disciple: A Sinner's Semester at America's Holiest University by Kevin Roose (reviewed 6/7/09);

15. Little Pink House: A True Story of Defiance and Courage by Jeff Benedict (reviewed 6/8/09);

16. Self-Made Man: One Woman's Journey into Manhood and Back Again by Norah Vincent (reviewed 6/23/09);

17. Lost in the Meritocracy: The Undereducation of an Overachiever by Walter Kirn (reviewed 6/26/09);

18. Losing My Religion: How I Lost My Faith Reporting on Religion in America and Found Unexpected Peace by Willliam Lobdell (reviewed 7/2/09);

19. Is There A God? by Richard Swinburne (reviewed 7/10/09);

20. This is Water, Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, About Living a Compassionate Life by David Foster Wallace (reviewed on 7/25/09);

21. Was Jesus God? by Richard Swinburne (reviewed on 8/3/09);

22. The Right Stuff by Thomas Wolfe (reviewed on 8/11/09);

23. The Last Word: Beyond the Bible Wars to a New Understanding of the Authority of Scripture by N.T. Wright (reviewed 8/17/09);

24. Renegade: The Making of a President by Richard Wolffe (reviewed 8/28/09);

25. Columbine by Dave Cullen (reviewed 9/14/09);

26. The Faith by Charles Colson and Harold Fickett (reviewed 10/4/09);

27. Out of Captivity: Surviving 1,967 Days in the Colombian Jungle by Marc Gonsalves, Keith Stansell, Tom Howes and Gary Brozek (reviewed 10/9/09);

28. The Accidental Billionaires by Ben Mezrich (reviewed 11/1/09);

29. Boots on the Ground by Dusk: My Tribute to Pat Tillman by Mary Tillman with Narda Zacchino (reviewed on 11/11/09);

30. A Colossal Failure of Common Sense: The Inside Story of the Collapse of Lehman Brothers by Lawrence G. McDonald with Patrick Robinson (reviewed 11/13/09);

31. Speech-Less: Tales of a White House Survivor by Matt Latimer (reviewed 11/18/09);

32. American Original: The Life and Constitution of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia by Joan Biskupic (reviewed 12/3/09);

33. The Greatest Show on Earth: The Evidence for Evolution by Richard Dawkins (reviewed 12/23/09);

34. God? A Debate Between a Christian and Atheist by William Lane Craig and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (reviewed 12/29/09);

35. Reasonable Faith: Christian Faith and Apologetics (3d ed. 2008) by Willliam Lane Craig (good survey of Dr. Craig's five unequally persuasive, but cumulative arguments for God's existence);

36. Where Men Win Glory: The Odyssey of Pat Tillman (2009) by Jon Krakauer (when a great writer, Krakauer, meets a great subject, Tillman, recording great triumphs and tragedy, it's textual magic).

Losses Sustained

John A. Radcliffe (see 9/30/09 post).

Film of the Year

In a lean year, Inglourious Basterds (sic) for the writing (by Quentin Tarantino) and acting (by Christoph Waltz)--in multiple languages--of the instantly legendary and unparalleled character, Col. Hans Landa.

Trial of the Year

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Appeal of the Year (tie)

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