To the students of Patrick Henry College:
When I heard your Faith & Reason Lecture was happening on Friday, I was taken back fondly to the first years of that tradition, when I earnestly struggled to follow the complex arguments of Dr. Bates and Dr. Mitchell, two of our great [...]
Call it the evangelical comedown. We don’t talk about it often, but when we do, it’s a tough topic among my friends. I find to my surprise, in a city as diverse as Nashville, that apart from all superficial appearances to the contrary, we share a common bond of evangelical upbringing from which we diverge [...]
Storytelling is a central element of the Christian faith. From the story that unfolds over the thousands of years recorded in the Old and New Testaments, to Jesus’ use of parables, to the common practice of sharing testimonies among believers, storytelling is crucial. And yet, in contemporary evangelicalism, storytelling is more often a means to [...]
Editors Note: Jonathan Povilonis’ essay on The Great Gatsby, posted here on Patrol a few weeks ago, was picked up on Andrew Sullivan’s blog “The Dish” and accompanied by anonymous criticism of Povilonis’ piece. Below Povilonis answers a few of those critiques.
Maybe it was just a catchy title, but I’m much less [...]
Let’s begin with an analogy. Picture, if you will, a meeting of the National Honor Society at Evangelical Christian Academy (school mascot: The Great Lion). These are the good kids. The teachers’ pets. They’re destined for greatness. But they’re having a disagreement.
On the one side is that ambitious if not somewhat exhausting, Rachel. She [...]
A few weeks ago I posted a strongly-worded critique of American intellectual magazines for what I see as their tendency to publish simplistic, moralistic reviews of European philosophy. I complained that these reviewers tend naively to take liberal politics as grounded in some sort of empirical secular understanding of human [...]
There’s almost nothing as frustrating to someone who studies European philosophy of the 1960s-70s as the sheer volume of idiotic things that are written everywhere, from academic journals to science blogs, about “postmodernism” and “deconstruction.” These labels are scattered wildly about and attached to things they never had anything to do with, and [...]
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 of letters of the sort who 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 straightforward job laid out for you. Step one: Read the book, preferably with no prior familiarity with the philosopher’s [...]
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