Joel Looper

Joel Looper

Joel Looper teaches English and religion at Live Oak Classical School in Waco, TX. 


10 entries by Joel Looper

Book Review

Trace & Aura: The Recurring Lives of St. Ambrose of Milan

By Patrick Boucheron; translated by Lara Vergnaud and Willard Wood

Trace & Aura: The Recurring Lives of St. Ambrose of Milan

A dense, edifying look at an enigmatic holy man.

Book Review

Heaven and Hell

By Bart D. Ehrman

Heaven and Hell

A bold, brash, sometimes problematic look at "the end."

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Acts Against God: A Short History of Blasphemy

A disappointingly shallow dive into heresy’s backstory.

Book Review

Heaven and Hell: A History of the Afterlife

A bold, brash, sometimes problematic look at "the end."

Book Review

To Change the Church

By Ross Douthat

To Change the Church

The problem with liberal theology and the pontiff who trumpets it.

Book Review

Crucible of Faith

By Philip Jenkins

Crucible of Faith

A remarkably complex exegesis on the Bible’s most challenging texts.

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To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicism

The problem with liberal theology and the pontiff who trumpets it.

Book Review

By Bart D. Ehrman

Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Storie

Despite flaws in its premise, this readable treatise on Christ has much to recommend it

Book Review

By Rev. Barry W. Lynn

God and Government: Twenty-Five Years of Fighting for Equality, Secularism, and Freedom of Conscience

This take-down of the Religious Right is more screed than story.

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Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms: Journeys into the Disappearing Religions of the Middle East

An informative, compelling analysis of the world’s vanishing faiths.