A New Collection of Carl Trueman Essays

This book has a clever cover and title:

Carl R. Trueman. Fools Rush in Where Monkeys Fear to Tread: Taking Aim at Everyone. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2011. 241 pp.

Kevin DeYoung’s endorsement says it well:

In this collection of essays, Carl Trueman is at his brilliant, provocative, hysterical best. Reading Trueman is always enlightening and always an event. I loved the previous collections of his articles and enjoyed this one just as much. These chapters will edify, entertain, and occasionally infuriate. What more could one ask for in a book?

Books like this are challenging to categorize in my Zotero system because the book’s title and 26 essays do not intuitively convey the contents. So as I read the book, I recorded in a Zotero note basic topics that each essay addresses:

  1. pride, self-promotion
  2. individualism
  3. the cult of individual personality in sports, politics, and theology
  4. “Young, Restless, and Reformed” movement
  5. leadership
  6. coarse language and Christian freedom
  7. pathetic church services
  8. holiness
  9. politics, capitalism, socialism
  10. plagiarism, worldly evangelical subculture
  11. Internet, blogging, community
  12. obsession of Christians with culture; worldliness
  13. lives of eternal youth
  14. mid-life crisis
  15. opium of the people: religion (Karl Marx), pop culture, sports
  16. Roman Catholicism
  17. Roman Catholicism
  18. Roman Catholicism
  19. technology, social networking
  20. death, funerals
  21. death, funerals
  22. humor
  23. the lack of value of petitions (including the Manhattan Declaration), primarily Lausanne III
  24. claiming to be “hurt” when one has lost the real debate
  25. dealing with criticism
  26. using clear language


  1. Two similar collections of Trueman’s essays:
  2. Carl R. Trueman. Republocrat: Confessions of a Liberal Conservative. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian & Reformed, 2010. (Cf. my review.)


  1. mike wittmer says

    I need to read this. I think it’s ironic, given Carl’s trenchant (and right) criticism of evangelicalism’s celebrity culture, to see that P & R put his image on the cover, in a celebrity pose to boot. He can’t be happy about that.

  2. Ryan Wilder says

    I realize this post was a while ago but looking through Zotero words came across this post. Did you put this in each category with the pages numbers?

    I’ve been curious about systematics too. I have them listed under the general category, but if I want a Christology bibliography if I should make a new ‘book’ with the page numbers.

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