Category: Reviews (Books)

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
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Book Review: The Dignity Revolution by Daniel Darling

It is inherent to sin’s nature to rationalize itself. This is hardly a new insight. After all, the almost immediate response of Adam and Eve in the aftermath of the world’s first sin was to justify themselves by shifting the...

/ February 21, 2019
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Book Review: The Classical Revolution by John Borstlap

By Jeremiah Lawson In a time when the President has openly questioned what the United States get from being in NATO and fears that Russian and Chinese influence threaten the stability of the Atlantic American-European order, now would not seem...

/ February 12, 2019

A Christian Ethic of Sex in a Pornographic Age

By Joshua Heavin In the late fourth and early fifth centuries, the church had no shortage of theological controversies and societal crises at hand. Yet several prominent theologians nonetheless devoted significant time to writing about marriage and human sexuality. St....

/ February 7, 2019

Book Review: Music as an Art by Roger Scruton

By Jeremiah Lawson As a written practice, Western music goes back at least a thousand years. Over the centuries music has been made in the service of churches and courts, and from roughly the eighth through the thirteenth centuries was...

/ February 6, 2019
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Book Review: Philosophy and the Christian

By Nathan L. Cartagena In high school, I rarely took classes with other Christians. This wasn’t intentional. It was the outcome of taking “advanced courses” in a school with “advanced students” who had rejected Christianity by middle school. So though I...

/ January 17, 2019
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Book Review: The Gospel in Dorothy L. Sayers

By Gina Dalfonzo “The variety of Dorothy Sayers’s work makes it almost impossible to find anyone who can deal properly with it all,” wrote C. S. Lewis in his eulogy for his friend and fellow writer. “. . . I...

/ January 4, 2019
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25 Non-Christian Press Books from 2018 that Christians Should Read

By Brad Vermurlen Late December means the pastors, seminary professors, and other Christian leaders with whom I’m connected on social media are, once more, sharing their top ten books of the year. As I noted last year, most of the...

/ December 31, 2018

The Prophet of Unbelief: On Arthur Clough, T. S. Eliot’s Forgotten Predecessor

By Clark Elder Morrow Allow me to quote a brace of familiar lines from T. S. Eliot’s “Choruses from ‘The Rock'”: In the land of lobelias and flannels The rabbit shall burrow and the thorn revisit, The nettle shall flourish...

/ November 30, 2018