Month: December 2020

Time is Always Time: Christopher Nolan, T. S. Eliot, and Creatureliness

As one of very few directors billed above his stars, Christopher Nolan was almost in with a shout at reviving post-lockdown cinema. As it turned out, the late August release of Tenet was the last gasp off an overly-optimistic pandemic...

/ December 8, 2020
Mere Fidelity

John the Baptist

Alastair, Derek, and Matt dive into a rousing discussion of the role of John the Baptist in salvation history. Is he the end of the Old Testament or the Beginning of the New? Why did Jesus call him the “greatest...

/ December 8, 2020

Advent II: Expectant Waiting

As 2020 has lingered on, I have watched as marker after marker of a year’s progression have been overtaken by an endless sea of sameness: one weekend blurs into the next, one Zoom call into the next. The rhythms of...

/ December 7, 2020

Searching for Other Feminisms: An Interview with Leah Libresco Sargeant

At the end of September, Judge Amy Coney Barrett was being considered for a Supreme Court vacancy left by the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote a piece considering the impact Coney Barrett might...

/ December 2, 2020

Roger Ebert’s Dying Words

I’ve recently had Clem Snide’s latest album, Forever Just Beyond (2020), on repeat. Snide, the nom de band of Jewish-American songwriter Eef Barzelay, collaborates on the album with Scott Avett of the Avett Brothers to produce an understated, folky contemplation...

/ December 1, 2020

When the Grass is Greener

When we returned to West Point this past July, we did not expect to end up restricted to the same five-mile radius for the rest of the semester. Yet the potent combination of COVID-19 and military force protection measures resulted...

/ December 1, 2020
Mere Fidelity

‘The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self,’ with Dr. Carl R. Trueman

Dr. Carl Trueman has written the book of the moment for Christian intellectuals this winter: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution. He joins the entire Mere Fidelity cast...

/ December 1, 2020