Category: Reviews (Books)

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

Book Review: The Power of Silence by Robert Cardinal Sarah

The modern world has a curious way of stripping something away and then selling it back to us at a premium. Or, to put it another way, of transforming formerly public goods into a private luxuries. I’m sure you can...

/ November 27, 2018

Savage Love: A Review of the Work of Elisabeth Elliot

“‘You are loved with an everlasting love,’ that’s what the Bible says, ‘and underneath are the everlasting arms.’ This is your friend Elisabeth Elliot…” I grew up hearing those words regularly on the radio as they opened Elisabeth Elliot’s “Gateway...

/ November 26, 2018

Book Review: C. S. Lewis on the Christian Life by Joe Rigney

In his book on Thomas Aquinas, the great German philosopher Josef Pieper notes that what sets Thomas apart is not his originality. It is his perfection. He then goes on to develop the distinction between the two in a striking...

/ October 29, 2018

The Public Square Is about Parenting

Lukianoff, Greg and Jonathan Haidt. The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. New York: Penguin Press, 2018. 338 pp. $28.00 One of the funniest memories I have from...

/ October 22, 2018
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Book Review: Building the Benedict Option by Leah Libresco

Ever since Richard Weaver told us that “ideas have consequence,” a certain sort of conservative has relied heavily on a worldview-based analysis of culture, locating the problems that plague us in the sphere of ideas, beginning in the Ivory Tower...

/ October 16, 2018
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Book Review: On Reading Well by Karen Swallow Prior

By Nicholas Dalbey In Choruses from “The Rock,” T. S. Eliot’s speaker begins by lamenting the intellectual and spiritual condition of modern humanity:

/ October 9, 2018

Book Review: Disruptive Witness by Alan Noble

To be a faithful evangelical in 2018 is to find yourself in a difficult, frustrating position. The two defining sub-groups in the American Protestant church since 1980 have been the religious right and the seeker-sensitive church growth movement. Their primary...

/ September 5, 2018

Book Review: Why Liberalism Failed by Patrick Deneen

One of the smartest observations made about Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option came, unsurprisingly, from New York Times columnist Ross Douthat.

/ April 25, 2018

The Confusions and Dangers of a Church of Mercy: Anglican Musings on a Catholic Dispute

By Wesley Hill A little over a year into the pontificate of Pope Francis but still two years away from the new pontiff’s much-discussed apostolic exhortation Amoris laetitia and its thinly veiled criticism by four of the Catholic Church’s own...

/ April 18, 2018