Cheapening the Western Musical Tradition: Some Thoughts Inspired by Theodore Gioia and Andy Crouch

Theodore Gioia in the L.A. Review of Books: In the mass-media era, the general public primarily experiences classical music through detached snippets of larger pieces extracted to lend their symbolic power to a commercial agenda....

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Review: Ember Rising

Ember Rising by S.D. Smith My rating: 5 of 5 stars Loved it. So did the kids. (And the illustrations, by my respected friend Zach Franzen, were also excellent.) For a good while I was...

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Review: Educated, by Tara Westover

My heart goes out to Tara Westover. I rooted for her and felt defensive for her during 100% of the story. Other people’s epistemological sins harmed her. Precisely because of her love for her parents,...

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Review: It’s Dangerous to Believe, by Mary Eberstadt

It’s Dangerous to Believe: Religious Freedom and Its Enemies by Mary Eberstadt My rating: 3 of 5 stars This book is a diligent concatenation of stories of anti-Christian liberal prejudice in the modern West. Not...

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Why Does the World Need the Church?

When popular Harvard political theorist Michael Sandel was a graduate student at Oxford in the 1970s, men and women were still separated into different colleges. Further befitting a staid institution such as Oxford, male visitors...

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Cheap Sex: A Review

Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy by Mark Regnerus My rating: 5 of 5 stars A quick check of the Goodreads reviews for Cheap Sex by sociologist Mark Regnerus suggests to me that everyone...

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