The Year In Review: Top 5 Posts Of 2018

The Year In Review: Top 5 Posts Of 2018

I thought it would be interesting to post a piece analysing the top 5 posts of 2018. The data is slightly skewed by the fact that contributions made towards the end of the year don’t have as much time to become popular as those published towards the beginning, (and I am ignoring this perennially popular post as it was written in 2016), but still it makes for interesting reading. Here are the top 5 posts from 2018 in order of popularity;

  1. The 5 Best Commentary series

  2. Book review: 12 Rules for Life–An Antidote to Chaos (Jordan B. Peterson)

  3. The 5 Best Books of Bible Charts

  4. The Five Best Bible Study aids

  5. Psalm 125

So based on this list here are my conclusions;

1. People love ranked lists

Thus I have ranked and listed my conclusions according to what I think is most obvious. This doesn’t surprise me; there is a reason every other blog post starts with ‘10 things you should know about…’ or ‘3 things to consider before…’ We all look for order and priorities, and it appears we like to read about other people’s order and priorities too. The ‘5 Best…’ series was a hit and dominates the top 5 posts of 2018. It is likely that we will do something similar in 2019.

2. Bible study is more popular than I thought

Three of the top five are posts reviewing Bible study aids of various types and that is encouraging. I hear regular laments about the demise of serious Bible study and I think that is probably still true, but at least readers of this blog are interested in commentaries, Bible charts and general study aids. Long may that trend continue. This is an area that many of our contributors have sought to address and with this encouragement we will continue to do so.

3. Book reviews aren’t as popular as I thought

That is, unless the author of the reviewed book is Jordan Peterson or the reviews are in a ranked list! This one surprised me because I love a book review but maybe this is a reflection of the wider demise of reading as a hobby. Why would you read a book review if you don’t read books? Book reviews remain an efficient way of teaching truth and advising as to a book’s appropriateness. I can’t see that this insight will change the presence of book reviews on this blog but it might alter the frequency.

4. My warnings about Jordan Peterson received mixed reactions

I thought this was likely given the amount of media attention he attracts, which is why I sounded the warning. I remain concerned about how seductive Jordan Peterson is to young christians, especially young male christians. I am also concerned about the lack of awareness there is amongst elders about his seductiveness. Since publishing the review I have had a number of enquiries and comments, both in person and over email, some appreciative and others critical. Where the question or criticism was something I hadn’t already addressed in the post then I did my best to respond. In summary I remain unmoved by the many arguments in support of Jordan Peterson and my conclusion is unchanged: Jordan Peterson is not a good Christian role model because he is not a Christian. This leads me to the most popular objection I received: what gives me the right to judge whether he is a Christian or not? I admit to having reservations about being so bold, but a man who doesn’t believe in an historical Adam (this is deduced from his belief in evolution and his assertion that the Old Testament narratives are fairy tales) cannot be saved. To break the link between Adam and Christ is to dispose of the need for a Redeemer. (If you’re interested in this then you can read more here). As is always the case, we should not accept someone or something because they reach the same conclusions as us, which Peterson often does. We need to know the methodology used and Peterson’s is faulty. The blog won't be spending anymore time addressing Jordan Peterson and his beliefs specifically but we maintain that where there are public thinkers that purport to be Christian, an analysis of their dogmas is in order.

5. Straightforward exposition is still appreciated

The lamenters of the demise of serious Bible study have a similar lament concerning the demise of the straightforward exposition of scripture. This is something that has sought to address and given the position of an analysis of Psalm 125 in the list it would appear that it is appreciated by some. This is something we will continue to provide.

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