Category: Culture

Book Review: Boomers by Helen Andrews

Helen Andrews. Boomers: The Men and Women Who Promised Freedom and Delivered Disaster. New York: Sentinel, 2021. 238 pp. $27 In autumn of 1912, the British journalist Lytton Strachey declared to Virginia Woolf his opinion of the Victorians: they “seem...

/ March 17, 2021

Pam Against Posturing: On the Michael Scott Theory of Social Class

Let me preface this by claiming that beauty forms the moral imagination. Aesthetics shape our ethics, in ways both problematic and promising. How does this relate to Michael Scott? Because few of my coworkers have been transformed by encounters with...

/ March 15, 2021

When Time Isn’t Time: Augustine on Tenet

The greatest living movie maker (Christopher Nolan), director of the greatest movie ever (The Prestige – we will have to discuss it another time), has done it again, though you would not know it if you relied on the popular...

/ March 10, 2021

Book Review: Reading While Black by Esau McCaulley

“It is precisely because the Christian faith is the recognition of a work of God—a work that began in the dawn of time and continues in this era—that its essence is a fruit of the ages, while its form is...

/ March 9, 2021

Book Review: “The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self” by Carl Trueman

As befits a historian, Carl Trueman has written his impressive book on the ‘sexual revolution’ (SR) as being largely a history of ideas. This history is built of two components. The first element is largely framed in terms of contemporary...

/ February 15, 2021

A Game About Grace and Weakness

J.R.R. Tolkien’s stories began as gifts to his children, with the adventures of Bilbo told at bedtime. My husband, Alexi, and I have tried to follow in his footsteps, albeit in a different genre. We co-wrote a role-playing game, Back...

/ February 14, 2021

Book Review: Orthodox Anglican Identity by Charles Erlandson

“To be an Anglican is to talk about what it means to be an Anglican.”[1] This has certainly been the case so far in the twenty-first century, with no fewer than four books on the subject published in the past...

/ February 11, 2021

Kafka in Heaven: “Soul” and the After Life as Bureaucracy

Once seen as over-reliant on sequels and prequels, Pixar seem to have hit their stride of originality again. Following last year’s Onward, Soul has been hailed as a return to form. The film’s worldbuilding, however, is not especially original. It...

/ February 11, 2021
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Dr. Trueman’s Hauerwasian Turn

“My wish is that this book might help Christians rediscover that their most important social task is nothing less than to be a community capable of hearing the story of God we find in the scripture and living in a...

/ February 10, 2021

Faith Lost and Found in “Ad Astra”

In his 2006 Wired essay, “The Church of the Non-Believers,” journalist Gary Wolf coined the term “New Atheists” to describe the intellectual movement inaugurated by a quartet of thinkers who pressed for a militant revival of Neo-Darwinism in the wake...

/ February 9, 2021