Cartwright and McNutt have done it again with this fourth book in their noteworthy "The Bible Rebukes Series." This humorous book responds to the classical Protestant objections to the Orthodox Christian doctrine of the veneration of holy icons through irony, hyperbole, parody, and outright lunacy. It's like a MAD Magazine version of Protestant apologetics. A cursory look at the book will bias the unwitting reader to conclude that it’s a sincere, Protestant apology against the ancient Orthodox Christian practice of venerating images of Christ and His saints worthy of emulation. But as one delves further into the text, the reader begins to realize the Bible-based expositions cited against Orthodox Christian teaching are paradoxically serving to undermine the classical Protestant arguments against holy iconography and the Orthodox veneration of icons. If the devout Protestant can endure the satire and finish this acerbic read, she will find herself, at the very least, befuddled, and, at the very most, convinced of the Biblical underpinnings of the Orthodox Christian doctrine of the veneration of holy icons. The author hopes the most perceptive readers will at least get a few chuckles out of the book. Despite being a parody, the book presents between its outrageous lines the basic theological and biblical underpinnings of the Orthodox Christian understanding of God-inspired iconography and utilization of holy images in the worship of the Old and New Testament Church. The close-minded Protestant reader may feel very much "at home" in the anti-Catholic verbiage of this book, but the content will affect her mind on a subconscious level to challenge assumptions of anti-Catholic bias. The book is recommended not only for Catholics and Orthodox Christians, targeted by Bible-quoting, Protestant proselytizers and needing a good chuckle, but also as a gift to be presented to any Protestant who loves to rail against the ancient Christian usage and veneration of holy icons as a corrupt practice of idolatry condemned by the Bible. One might call it a religious gag gift, however, its tone is largely serious, though satirical. The sardonic, convoluted logic portrayed does not end in cynicism, however, since the scheme of the book is to level crumbling edifices of faulty biblical interpretation and fundamentalist self-imprisonment so as to clear a space for the growth of something more organic, less formulaic, and, above all, more fully human in sacred expressions of love toward Jesus Christ and his most noteworthy and venerable saints.
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Wilbur Cartwright received his M.A. in Historical Theology from the Sanctified Pentecostal Theological Seminary after having served on the evangelistic field for over 15 years. Brother Cartwright brings his formal studies and his practical experience as an evangelist to provide a wonderful mix of Biblical study and spiritual experience. He specializes in the study of apresuppositional infralapsarianism, cult busting, carnal churchianity, Spirit History, God’s generals, dealing with demons, evangelism, hellfire terrorism, revival, divine healing, offering taking, signs and wonders, and supernatural prosperity.
Wankford McNutt earned his Master of Divinity at the University of Errol Rothberts where he also received a mighty anointing under the ministry of Brother Benny Flinn during one of the chapel services. Brother McNutt specializes in the study of anti-monastic gnosticism, cults, dealing with demons, eschatology, Holy Ghost revival and restoration, Ananias-Sapphirian Inquisition, scourge & plague miracles, physicality transcendence, ministering to the sick, love center, offering taking, rebuking the devil, serpent handling, strichnine, supernatural prosperity, prophecy, Waldensian separatism, ecclesial purgation, word of knowledge, and the word of wisdom.
Both Cartwright and McNutt both currently serve on the faculty of The School of the Sons of the Prophets in Burbank, California.
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Book Description CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # INGM9781481941709