The Minutemen and Their World
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by David Moore
6d ago
Robert A. Gross is the James L. and Shirley A. Draper Professor of Early American History Emeritus at the University of Connecticut. Last year, I interviewed Professor Gross on his magisterial book, The Transcendentalist and Their World. The Transcendentalists and Their World: Gross, Robert A.: 9780395279328: Amazon.com: Books That interview can be accessed here: The Transcendentalists and Their World – Mere Orthodoxy | Christianity, Politics, and Culture Professor Gross’s widely regarded book, The Minutemen and Their World won the Bancroft Prize. Minutemen and Their World (Revised and Expande ..read more
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An Education for Love
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by Alex Sosler
6d ago
Each Sunday, many churches throughout the world begin their service with “The Summary of the Law.” One of the first things Christians hear each week is Jesus’ words defining a good life. Here’s what he says: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets” (Matt. 22:37-40). These verses have come to be known as the “Great Commandment.” Jesus guides us into our priorities f ..read more
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Dante Was Right: Suffering and Our Journey Toward God
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by Andrew Barber
2M ago
“Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself/ In a dark wood, the right road lost.” These are the famous opening lines of Dante’s Divine Comedy and, even if you hate what follows, their brevity and archetypal power are hard to deny. Mutter them to yourself in a particularly low moment and you will no longer need several meandering journal entries to find the right words. “Midway on our life’s journey, I found myself/ In a dark wood, the right… road… lost.“ Dante’s original audience would have known why he felt this way. The first half of Dante’s life had operated with a karmic consistency tha ..read more
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The Hollowness of the Mainline, Now and Then
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by Cole Hartin
2M ago
Douglas J. Brouwer Chasing After Wind: A Pastor’s Life. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2022. 238 pp. $22.00 It’s no secret that Western Christianity is in decline. And this is nowhere more evident than in the once venerable churches of the mainline. Decline is a problem. And typically, there are two solutions offered for the problem of decline: One solution is simply to ignore it. Keep on moving as if the pews are full, the offering flowing, until congregation after congregation closes its doors. Another solution is to reinvent the church. The old ways of worship, the outdated doctrines, these must b ..read more
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Book Interview: The Thrill of Orthodoxy: Rediscovering the Adventure of Christian Faith by Trevin Wax
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by David Moore
2M ago
Trevin Wax is vice president of research and resource development at the North American Mission Board. He is also a visiting professor at Cedarville University. The following interview revolves around his recently released book, The Thrill of Orthodoxy. The Thrill of Orthodoxy: Rediscovering the Adventure of Christian Faith: Wax, Trevin, Vanhoozer, Kevin J.: 9781514005002: Amazon.com: Books David George Moore conducted the interview. (You can also listen to the Mere Fidelity episode discussing the book with Wax.) Moore: You recently did an annotated edition of Chesterton’s great book on orthod ..read more
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The Great Unmooring
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by Chris Krycho
4M ago
Richard Sennett. The Corrosion of Character: The Personal Consequences of Work in the New Capitalism. New York: WW Norton, 2000. 176pp, $15.99. Anne Helen Petersen and Charlie Warzel. Out of Office: The Big Problem and Bigger Promise of Working from Home. New York: Knopf Publishing Group, 2021. 272pp, $27. Over the past two years, COVID-19 necessitated a mass adoption of remote work for many — and surfaced deep disagreements between employers and employees about what they owe each other. For all their recent heat, though, these debates are hardly new to American life. Nearly 25 years ago, Rich ..read more
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The Danger of Enchanted Enclosures
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by Katy Carl
5M ago
The Substance of Things Hoped For: A Novel by Tom Noyes, Slant Books, an imprint of Wipf & Stock, Eugene, Oregon: April 26, 2021, 270 pp., $25 Experiences of committed Christian community can transform lives for the better. Robust, mature, and lasting commitments form a baseline from which we can enact long-term, concrete forms of mutual care, rising even to caritas. Constellations of stable marriages—not humanly flawless, but clearly defined and understood as meant for permanence—support and nurture youth as they aspire to authentic maturity. Stories that trace this development—both real ..read more
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When the Ad Replaced the Icon
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by Tara Thieke
9M ago
Ellen Wayland-Smith. The Angel in the Marketplace. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2020. 288pp, $30. Throughout the 2010s the signs of a new holy month became undeniable. Each June seemed to mark an exponential increase in rainbow flags. Early summer became its own holiday season, only unlike Advent or Lent there was no Mass and Feast to which the season built. The consumption of Pride imagery was meant for all time and all places: everywhere, anywhere, nowhere. There was no particular point of celebrated incarnation. That is the endgame of the marriage of capitalism and technocracy: a m ..read more
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Marilynne Robinson Imagines the Soul of America
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by Moriah Hawkins
9M ago
Living there, you’ll be free, if you truly wish to be.” ~Gene Wilder, Pure Imagination The frigid breeze gusting through downtown Des Moines, Iowa, did little to help the Democratic Nominee for President, Joe Biden, as he struggled to project his aging voice over the cacophonous sounds of traffic. It was October 30, 2020, just two months after he secured the nomination, and coronavirus protocols and public image management dictated that the audience for his speech remain in their cars, safely distanced from each other, and from Biden himself. Barred from clapping and shouting, the eager crowd ..read more
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Reepicheep’s Purity of Heart
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by Emily DeArdo
10M ago
Clearly, Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the best of the Narnia novels, and a big part of that is due to a talking mouse. Yes. I’m talking about Reepicheep, the brave, swashbuckling Narnian mouse who is on a quest to find Aslan’s country (and defend the honor of the Kings and Queens of Narnia while he’s at it.). Sure, a lot of things happen in Voyage that also give it the claim to being the best novel, the discussion of science and modernism versus tradition and religion (although religion and science aren’t actually at loggerheads), Eustace’s Pauline conversion, the growth of Lucy, Edmund, and ..read more
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