I insisted on rereading The Great Gatsby before seeing the new film version partly because I hardly remembered anything about it (including the ending) but mostly to test my conviction that I’m at least a little bit better at understanding art and literature than I was at age [...]
This article has been republished a couple of places and makes a couple of good points about the value of philosophy for people who want to do journalism. It also has a strange holier-than-thou tone, and at least one major flaw that I’ll get to below.
The author, Shannon Rupp, [...]
If you’re an American man of letters of the sort that currently gets called upon by places like The New Republic and The New York Review of Books to diagnose European philosophers, you have a fairly easy job laid out for you. Step one: Read the book, preferably with no prior familiarity with [...]
When I was growing up, it was pretty well understood that Christians — real, committed, Bible-believing, what today some would shorthand “evangelical,” Christians — didn’t drink. There was an easy contrast for me on this topic, growing up in Boston surrounded by Catholics or, you know, fake Christians. They drank. We didn’t. Have fun in [...]
This post by Eric Teetsel on “winning the marriage debate” has a lot of stuff going on that I think encapsulates some of the central paradoxes of American social conservatism in general, and American social conservatism at this particular moment. It comes in the form of a lament that the the right’s “ideas” [...]
This is part of a series on G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. Click here to read the introduction to the project. Page numbers refer to this free Kindle edition of the book. Other formats available for free here.
Note: Chapter 1 of Orthodoxy is the introduction, which [...]
It’s begun to dawn on me, as life becomes more and more focused on books, how often we base our opinions on particular authors and their work on the faintest of impressions: one review, half a dozen out-of-context quotes, a set of annoying people who seem to love it far too [...]
I have no one to blame but myself.
Eight years ago, when my wife and I were preparing to get married, we sat through several pre-marital counseling sessions with our friend and pastor, and we listened attentively as he explained the different interpretations of Ephesians 5. We told him that we are not complementarians [...]
The hardest thing about doing philosophy is certainly not reading books and thinking. By far the most difficult is understanding the fault lines that make up the world of professional philosophy and finding one’s place within it. It’s not uncommon to shift between styles as one goes through the first few years of training; [...]
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