Mere Apologetics by Alister McGrath. Baker, 2012, 208pp.
Christian Apologetics as Cross-Cultural Dialogue by Benno van den Toren. T&T Clark, 2012, 288pp.
What is the best way of defending the Christian religion today? And do we really need yet another apologia in the form of an intellectual argument? Both Alister McGrath and [...]
So this Tom Scocca essay on smarm is entertainingly executed and much-needed, even if it’s hardly the first time these arguments have been made, and even if there’s no small amount of hypocrisy in its appearance on Gawker. (Nick Denton presenting himself as some kind of warrior against the elite is, of [...]
Whenever I talk to anybody about the New Sincerity — this happens a lot less since I stopped trying to talk to everybody about the New Sincerity — the inevitable question of “what’s next?” arises. This is a good and natural question given the laughably short lifespan of any pop culture moment. [...]
This morning, The Daily Beast published a review/essay by me about Nadia Bolz-Weber. A lot of people have written about NBW, and in thinking about adding my voice to that list, I wanted to be sure to say something original and interesting. As I read her book, I came up with the notion [...]
David Swartz gave a lecture at Gordon College last month entitled, “Evangelical Left: Oxymoron or Opportunity,” in which he tells the story of a failed attempt to coalesce a movement in the mid-eighties and current thinkers who might signal a renewed opportunity for political engagement by Evangelicals. The Culture Wars have left many Evangelicals [...]
On the heels of the latest incident in Alec Baldwin’s long string of gay-slur-laced outbursts of anger, there was apparently a very serious debate about whether or not Baldwin is, deep in his being, a homophobe. Andrew Sullivan and Ta-Nehisi Coates both agreed that he was, and that his public advocacy for gay rights [...]
Patrol is excited to announce the addition of our new Managing Editor, Jonathan Romas Povilonis. Jonathan is a student of Philosophy and Theology at Harvard Divinity School, and will be working with Patrol for the next several months.
Because of this, we once again have the capacities to accept submissions:
We are seeking [...]
A few months ago I was out jogging while listening to an NPR interview. The interviewer in the studio was a highly-educated, liberal woman. The interviewee on the line was a 24-year old woman, articulate yet less-educated, from North Carolina. She was heading to Brazil for Catholic World Youth Day, and the conversation was about [...]
The meaning of life—it can sometimes be a tricky thing, yes. But according to Joseph Epstein’s piece on Franz Kafka: you had better not make it too tricky, as did Kafka, or you just won’t be worth anybody’s time. Of course, Epstein doesn’t say anything quite so blunt or basic, but he’s rather convinced [...]
Last week, in my Writing Across the Media course, I showed a video, produced by The Washington Post, about how sports articles are being written by computer programs. Perhaps you’ve heard of this. The thinking is that many sports news stories are rather formulaic, and so, given the right data, a computer program can [...]
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