We loved Alan Jacobs’s terrific essay on the decline of Christian intellectuals and the reasons for it so much that we wanted to talk about it. So, we did. While reading Jacobs’s essay isn’t quite mandatory before listening, the conversation may be a bit perplexing if you haven’t. And you should, anyway.

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  2. Chris S. Thielen October 13, 2016 at 5:00 pm

    Hey guys. I really appreciated and enjoyed your discussion on Jacobs’ Harper article. Before listening, I had read the article myself, so I was tracking with the details.

    I wasn’t sure if you’d seen this but Albert Mohler had Jacobs on his podcast for an interview discussion on the article. It was an elucidating conversation, and Jacobs answers some of the questions you all had for him. Here’s the link: http://www.albertmohler.com/2016/09/06/thinking-public-alan-jacobs/


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