Category: Reviews (Books)

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Book Review: Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season

The tales collected in Easter Stories: Classic Tales for the Holy Season don’t always mention Jesus, nor even the usual tropes like sunlight and springtime. But each reveal a particular melody of the Easter story. The lovingly crafted volume, edited...

/ April 10, 2018

Let Us Now Praise Fractious Men: The Hillbilly as Economic Dissident

Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, strikes a delicate balance between family history and cultural commentary. In the book, Vance draws on his memories of an unstable family in a stagnant small town to paint a vivid picture of the...

/ March 19, 2018

Movie Review: A Wrinkle in Time

I’m fairly sure that the first time I ever ran into any of the words in the Bible in print was in the pages of Madeleine L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time. It’s the first of many occasions in the book...

/ March 14, 2018

Book Review: 12 Rules for Life by Jordan Peterson

Before they get carried away, the Christians now tuning into Jordan Peterson need to realize that this man is not the next C.S. Lewis. On the contrary, Jordan Peterson is the man C.S. Lewis warned them about. It’s not that...

/ March 5, 2018

Book Review: The Life of Roman Republicanism by Joy Connolly

By Coyle Neal In some ways, Dr. Joy Connolly’s introduction to the formal study of Rome mirrors my own. “I began to study the republican tradition in earnest in 2001, at a time when the promise of rescue it offered—by...

/ February 19, 2018
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Book Review: Life’s Work: A Moral Argument for Choice by Willie Parker

By Brewer Eberly Is there a topic at the intersection of Christianity and medicine today more fraught than abortion? Opinions divide in the public square just as they do in the pew, at the bedside, and in the bedroom. Abortion...

/ February 16, 2018

The Factitude of Creeks

My daughter and I went on a hike today. I told her to put on her shoes, and she toddled over to her moccasins. I said we were going to the forest. She picked up her basket and carefully placed...

/ February 9, 2018
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Book Review: Confident Pluralism by John Inazu

John Inazu’s book Confident Pluralism is a helpful text that provides readers with both a legal explanation of how a pluralistic society would function politically and a clear statement about the sort of character needed to make a pluralistic society...

/ January 31, 2018

Faithful Extension and the Question of Human Origins

William T. Cavanaugh and Jamie K. A. Smith, eds.: Evolution and the Fall, Eerdmans, 2017. The questions the church confronts most severely at present are questions of human nature, and what to call good and what to reject as broken...

/ December 19, 2017
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Twenty-Five “Non-Christian” Books Published This Year That Christians Should Read

By Brad Vermurlen Around this time each year, many of the pastors and seminary professors I’m connected to on social media post their top ten books of the year. Inevitably, most of the books they select are religiously committed books...

/ December 18, 2017