Category: Culture

Christ Ever Present, But to What Church? Reviewing Phillip Cary’s “Meaning of Protestant Theology”

The calls of warning for Protestant theology have been long in the making, or at least for a certain variety of Protestant theology. The 20th century, for all of the ecumenical exchanges which occurred, were rough times for Protestants, as...

/ August 14, 2019

Book Review: Jean Vanier: Portrait of a Free Man by Anne-Sophie Constant

In his commentary on the Gospel of John, Jean Vanier writes that: [t]he threat of today’s world with its globalized economy is not just unfettered capitalism but overwhelming commercialization. Advertising and public relations try to shape our cultures, thoughts, imaginations...

/ August 1, 2019

Against Pop Culture

Christians love pop culture these days. But the subset of Christians who love pop culture the most is pastors, writers, and academics. Pop culture as a mode of “engagement”; pop culture as a means of “reaching” this or that group;...

/ July 9, 2019

Beyond Gunpowder: A Rational Perspective on Cloning

By S. Dorman Hunting is either a discipline or a confused slaughter. Walking home this morning I thought first, not of hunting, but of my usual route along the road. I was also thinking about writing a paper on Johannes...

/ July 8, 2019

A Call to Remembrance: Notre Dame and the Internet Age

By Sean O’Hare Mere weeks have passed since the burning of the cathedral in Paris. All of us, each for their own reasons, were gripped by the flames that engulfed Notre Dame. Few recent events seem to have been saturated...

/ July 5, 2019

Book Review: My Father Left Me Ireland by Michael Brendan Dougherty

In the recently released memoir, My Father Left Me Ireland: An American Son’s Search for Home, Michael Brenden Dougherty, senior editor at National Review, traces his personal history as the son of an absent Irish father. His journey to make...

/ June 24, 2019

Book Review: Dignity by Chris Arnade

One of the most important explorations of political theology in recent years is Andrew Willard Jones’s book Before Church and State. Jones’s argument is that our modern social norms, including our political system, are built on the idea that conflict...

/ June 18, 2019
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Book Review: The Kingdom of God Has No Borders by Melani McAlister

By John Thomas In her book released last summer, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders, author and George Washington University Professor of American Studies and International Affairs, Melani McAlister recounts the last 50 years of evangelical history through the...

/ May 1, 2019

Tolkien and the Golden Age of Fantasy

By Thomas Sieberhagen For this is quite the final goal of art: to recover this world by giving it to be seen as it is. –John-Paul Sartre, What Is Literature? Blessed are the legend-makers with their rhyme of things not...

/ March 7, 2019

To Read Without Pleasure is Stupid: On the Novels of John Williams

By E. J. Hutchinson As we (or, at least, I) eagerly anticipate reading Charles J. Shields’ recently published The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel, the first biography of John Williams, it seems a propitious time to provide a brief...

/ February 26, 2019