Book Review: Trinitarian Letters
Author: Paul Kurts
Publisher: WestBow Press ISBN: 9781449709402
I have been immersed in studies regarding Trinitarian theology for quite some time. My studies are ongoing as I find new resources to help open my understanding to this deep mystery about the character and nature of God. I was excited when I was extended the invitation to review Paul Kurts’ book Trinitarian Letters as the format and the content seemed different from some of the more academic works I am more accustomed to reading and working from. My excitement and my enthusiasm were short-lived upon receipt of the book.
Allow me to begin with qualifying statement; I do not like writing bad reviews. I do my best to remain constructive even when my review is unfavorable. It is never my intent to be harsh and I always try to offer some positive insight.
First the positive: I appreciate and commend Paul Kurts’ enthusiasm and passion. It is obvious by his writing that he is deeply moved by his convictions and he seems genuinely passionate about his love for God through Jesus Christ enabled by the Holy Spirit. I would imagine that his convictions are infectious from all the positive energy that comes from his writing.
Technical Issues: This book is travesty of technical errors. There are spelling errors, formatting errors, grammatical errors, syntax errors and more. I do not know if there was an editor involved in the process of this book getting published, but if there was…well, the editor should be fired.
I realize the title implies the book is a collection of letters, but my expectation was for some semblance of organization of those letters. There seems to be no said organization except for the fact that the titles of the letters were alphabetized and ordered in that sequence. This method of organization made for an eclectic hodge podge of ideas. In my opinion, it was as if I were having a conversation with the Mad Hatter from Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. The experience was frustrating and unpleasant. Add to this eclectic ordering of letters/ideas an equally maddening usage of all caps, bolded words, quotation marks, and exclamation punctuation and I was barely able to maintain my focus through the reading of each single letter.
Theological Issues: Kurts’ theology is conjecture driven. He lists zero citations to support his thesis. There are numerous Scripture references, but most of those appear to be proof texts removed from context to support his perspective. The point here is not my personal agreement or disagreement with each of the author’s points, but reference citations are helpful in developing a position and supporting one’s argument. I realize this format may not have been intended for an academic audience, but Kurts’ conjecture reached the point of becoming “over the top” on numerous occasions. Citations that might have supported some of his positions might have been helpful in keeping my attention. To his credit, I think some of the resources recommended by Kurts for further reading are reputable scholars; a few he listed follows: Karl Barth, Thomas Torrance, Thomas Oden, Donald Bloesch, and a few others round out his list. I only wish Kurts would have referenced their works specifically when writing his “Letters.”
In closing, I respect and commend Paul Kurts’ enthusiasm and passion, but my recommendations are to skip this book and keep moving…there’s nothing really to see here.
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