David Brooks on Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option, Or, The Ironist Us Vs. the Purist Them

David Brooks has responded in the New York Times to Rod Dreher’s just-out, “already-the-most-discussed-and-most-important-religious-book-of-the-decade” The Benedict Option. His response is not negative so much as graciously dismissive. He does this by labeling Dreher a “purist.”...

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Everybody’s a Fundamentalist No. 13

Everybody’s a fundamentalist. Everybody’s a separatist. Everybody has a vision of the good that differs from the visions of others and ends up excluding others from their club. Everybody limits academic freedom in the next breath after...

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A Profound Contradiction at the Heart of the New Left

Super helpful, from Alan Jacobs, reviewing a book by Roger Scruton: Scruton gives two reasons for bringing [the subjects of his book on leftism] together here. The first is that they have all identified themselves...

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Sex and the Christian Vision of the Good

Christianity doesn’t guarantee prosperity of every kind for every individual. Struggles in one’s health, one’s marriage, one’s work, and even one’s faith are par for the Christian course (Jas 1:3). But, overall, we expect the...

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Joy Davidman Lewis’s Brilliant Take-Down of Materialism

Just yesterday I was thinking, “I’ve just got to recover that fantastic quotation from the Joy Davidman Lewis biography I listened to on audio last year.” (The downside of audio books—and the reason I typically “read” only fiction...

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Is Your Brain a Meat Machine?

Edge.org is running a fascinating series of articles asking major public figures in science, “What scientific term or concept ought to be more widely known?” Prominent atheist and evolutionary biologist Jerry Coyne’s answer is “Determinism.”...

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