Fools Rush in Where Monkeys Fear to Tread: Taking Aim at Everyone

Fools Rush in Where Monkeys Fear to Tread: Taking Aim at Everyone
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Trueman, Carl R.


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Publisher’s Description

A pithy collection of the best of Carl Trueman’s articles on culture and the church. This is a compelling, challenging and sometimes uproarious look at how the world and the church intersect.

Like Luther before him, Trueman understands the power of humor because he understands the absurdity of human self–regard in the context of the fallen world. And like Luther, Trueman shows no mercy, either to his enemies or to himself. His writings are an oasis of welcome wit in what can so often seem like a desert of Protestant pomposity.

About the Author

Carl R. Trueman (PhD, University of Aberdeen) is Paul Woolley Professor of Church History at Westminster Theological Seminary. He was editor of Themelios for nine years, has written more than a dozen books, and has contributed to multiple publications, including the Dictionary of Historical Theology and The Cambridge Companion to Reformation Theology.

Book Details

242 Pages
Publisher: P&R Publishing Company
Publication Date: March 2012
ISBN 10: 1596384050
ISBN 13: 9781596384057

“In this collection of essays, Carl Trueman is at his brilliant, provocative, hysterical best. Reading Trueman is always enlightening and always an event. I loved the previous collections of his articles and enjoyed this one just as much. These chapters will edify, entertain, and occasionally infuriate. What more could one ask for in a book?”
– Kevin DeYoung, Senior Pastor, University Reformed Church, East Lansing, MI

“Though he might not take himself too seriously, Carl Trueman takes the gospel very seriously in this wonderful little book. Trueman offers laugh–out–loud, insightful commentary on theology, culture, the church, and the Christian life. His rapier wit cuts through absurdity and bad theology like a hot knife through butter. This is Trueman at his best, using ‘humor in the service of theology.’‘
– J. V. Fesko, Academic Dean and Associate Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Westminster Seminary California

“The essay used to be a key subgenre of Christian writing (witness those of the Baptist John Foster or the Catholic G. K. Chesterton), but in recent days the art of the essayist has become something of a lost art among evangelicals. As this scintillating collection of mini–essays clearly reveals, however, past essayists like Foster and Chesterton have a worthy successor in Trueman. His essays are not always easy to read—not so much because of the difficulty of their content but due to their distinct prophetic edge. Like the essays of Foster and Chesterton, however, although Tureman’s essays do not always soothe, they do ultimately edify.”
– Michael A. G. Haykin, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Louisville

“Wit and wisdom don’t always go together with theologians, especially with historical theologians. When they do, it’s a real treat. Proving the adage that those who don’t understand history are doomed to repeat it, Carl Trueman brings the treasures of the past to bear on the challenges and opportunities of the present. Even if you don’t agree with everything he says, you can’t help but be provoked to ponder God, yourself, the church, and our culture in fresh ways.”
– Michael Horton, J. Gresham Machen Professor of Theology, Westminster Seminary California

“The Reverend Rodney Trotter is an international treasure, and his current residence in Cricklewood belies his ambition to address theological concerns on a global scale. The man seems fearless, offending sacred cows of all sizes and types. His writings shake the very foundations of conservative theological empires. I fully expect him to be named as Time magazine’s “Most Influential Theologian” any day now.”
– Derek W. H. Thomas, Minister of Preaching and Teaching, First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina; Distinguished Visiting Professor of Systematic and Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Jackson, MS