Item description for A Third Testament: A Modern Pilgrim Explores the Spiritual Wanderings of Augustine, Blake, Pascal, Tolstoy, Bonhoeffer, Kierkegaard, and Dostoevsky by Malcolm Muggeridge...
A modern pilgrim explores the spiritual wanderings of Augustine, Pascal, Blake, Kierkegaard, Dostoevsky, Tolstoy, and Bonhoeffer. Based on a television series on these notable thinkers, A Third Testament brings to life seven men whose names are familiar enough, but whose iconoclastic spiritual wanderings make for unforgettable reading. Muggeridges concise biographies are an accessible and manageable introduction to these spiritual giants who carried on the testament to the reality of God begun in the Old and New Testaments.
St. Augustine, a headstrong young hedonist and speechwriter who turned his back on money and prestige in order to serve Christ
Blaise Pascal, a brilliant mathematician who pursued scientific knowledge but warned people against thinking they could live without God
William Blake, a magnificent artist-poet who pled passionately for the life of the spirit and warned of the blight that materialism would usher in
Soren Kierkegaard, a renegade philosopher who spent most of his life at odds with the church, and insisted that every person must find his own way to God
Fyodor Dostoevsky, a debt-ridden writer and sometime prisoner who found, in the midst of squalor and political turmoil, the still small voice of God
Leo Tolstoy, a grand old novelist who swung between idealism and depression, loneliness and fameand a duel awareness of his sinfulness and Gods grace
Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a pastor whose writingsand agonized involvement in a plot to kill Hitlercost him his life, but continue to inspire millions
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Studio: Orbis Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.2" Width: 5.08" Height: 0.47" Weight: 0.45 lbs.
Release Date Mar 19, 2004
Publisher Orbis Books
ISBN 1570755329 ISBN13 9781570755323
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More About Malcolm Muggeridge
Malcolm Muggeridge worked as a journalist for many yearsfor the "Daily Telegraph," the "Evening Standard," and the "Guardian." He is the author of several books, including "Chronicles of Wasted Time," "Conversion," and "A Third Testament." "
Malcolm Muggeridge was born in 1903 and died in 1990.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Third Testament: A Modern Pilgrim Explores the Spiritual Wanderings of Augustine, Blake, Pascal, Tolstoy, Bonhoeffer, Kierkegaard, and Dostoevsky?
Excellent for its purpose, but is limited May 25, 2007
This is an excellent read, especially for those not familiar with the writings of the people discussed. It is a kind of survey, an easy way to be exposed to a wide range of beliefs on spirituality. However, keep in mind that "spiritual wandings" is only one aspect of each person; there is much more than that to each. If one reads the writings of all these people, one will realize that there is much more to each, and some are very complex. For example, you would have to read a lot by Tolstoy to begin to really understand what his thoughts were, which covered many aspects of life and thought beyond spirituality. I suggest you read the book, then buy others on someone you especially like. Perhaps read a bit about them (the internet is a good source) before reading a bit by them.
barely scratches the surface May 19, 2007
The writers reviewed here in this work are great men of faith and explorers of truth. If you want to become mildly acquainted with these men, this is an ok start--but little more than an expanded wikipedia biography. These writers are worthy enough to be looked at directly, not through this sort of heavy filter. Go buy their books, not this one.
So Much in So Few Pages Oct 3, 2006
That's the value of this classic. It gives you a sophisticated introduction to several great thinkers and prophets who searched for God. Muggeridge was, as others have noted, himself a prophet of the madness of his century and the twenty-first century. Here we have the sort of sensitive and perceptive introduction to great thinkers that induces us to read their original works. For a detailed review, see my blog above for Oct. 3, 2006. (Note: the older hardcover edition I read did not include Dostoevsky.)
Excellent biography Jun 26, 2006
Muggeridge gives almost an insiders view of what shaped the lives of these great men of the faith. Its almost like he was there witnessing their lives and tagged along with them in their "good times and bad times".
Elementary, my dear Jan 20, 2006
Honestly, I didn't finish this book. I didn't even get very far. It sounds wonderful, a book about some of the greatest Christian minds. It reads like a 4th-graders research paper. Muggeridge inserts so much of his own thoughts and experiences its almost like we're reading his biography. His bios of these brilliant men are muddled, not described chronologically or in any other apparent order. If you want a VERY basic overview of these men, maybe this book is for you. If you actually have the intelligence to read anything written by any of them - this book is far beneath you.