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About meI'm attempting to reform Christianity, in particular American evagelicalism, by asking the simple question "What does the Bible _really_ say about salvation and the final Judgment?"
For example, believe it or not, there is not a single description of the Judgment (where the final Judgment is clearly in view) that matches anything like what most people consider the basic message of Christianity.

Furthermore, the prophets of the Old Testament that describe the purpose, role, and need for a savior do not ascribe to that Savior the purposes modern Christians paste onto Christ.

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I'm also working to popularize and improve the Colle-Zukertort chess opening system, as a chess opening system that a wide range of players can use. It's a fun, easy-to-learn, solid opening system that remains viable even at a very strong level.

My website,, has excerpts, reviews, and reader comments.

I have a blog devoted to looking at Biblical Christianity stripped from the politics, psychology, and sociology that has warped it over time:

When I'm not writing I work as a senior editor for and a mathematical modeler/consultant for

GroupsBible Scholarship, Chess, Christianity, Emerging Church, PNEUMA - Pentecostal / Charismatic Christianity, Progressive Christianity


Real nameDavid Rudel

LocationCharlottesville, VA

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Thank you, for posting your opinions on my blog. I realize you didn't like my review, and think that it is wonderful that you posted your comments on what was wrong with it. I am biased, of course - I try to read things with an open mind, but all of the experiences in my life and my own personality are going to color my perceptions of things, of course. So I welcome other perspectives, even when I don't agree with them.

Again, thank you for showing another interpretation of your book/my review.

The specific sentence you commented on, which I quoted in my review, was a bit unclear as to whether it was referring to the book as a whole or merely the chapter it's supposed to be summarizing. The feeling I got from the broad chapter, unfortunately, was of poor scholarship. I was checking the Biblical references with my own Bible, I was reading thoroughly, I had an open mind when I began reading this book. The impressions I received from reading, however, resulted in the review that you read. I'm sorry if you don't like it, but I am an honest person, and that was my honest opinion. You are welcome to go to my review on and pick it apart, or point out where my own scholarship went awry.


No problem. This copy should be fine. I hope to work through your book shortly and interact with the material. Thanks for your concern.

Hello David - No problem...I've enjoyed it greatly so far!
Yes I received it. Thank you very much!
I got the book a couple days ago - I'm in the middle of another one right now, but look forward to getting to this one in the next week or two.

I got the book the other day, very much looking forward to starting it!
Just received your book and am looking forward to reading it...I've also been enjoying your blog!

Hi there! I just wanted to let you know that my copy of your book from the Member Giveaway arrived at my door safe and sound. Thanks for the message and the book.

Refreshing to see that someone I respect dare to give "Classic Must Buy Books" semi-cool ratings (i.e. Logical Chess Move by Move)
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