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Review: The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? by Michael J. Sandel

Review: The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? by Michael J. Sandel

The Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good? by Michael J. SandelMy rating: 5 of 5 starsI loved Sandel's book Justice: What's the Right Thing to Do? His power is incisive analysis: he cuts to the Augustinian heart of divisive issues using classic philosophical tools. He also explains all this slowly and clearly. He is the single most gifted guide of classroom discussion that I have ever seen (I not only read Justice; I watched the WBUR Boston recordings of his class; they were...

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Review: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

Review: The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self

The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: Cultural Amnesia, Expressive Individualism, and the Road to Sexual Revolution by Carl R. Trueman.My rating: 5 of 5 stars I'm hoping to publish in a journal a more extensive review of this excellent—though long and at times tedious—book. I'll say here: Trueman asks an intriguing question that builds a narrative expectation and structure into his book: How is it that so many average people in the West fail to see "I'm a woman trapped in a man's body" as a...

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From My Correspondence: Is Western Music White Supremacist? A Christian Response

From My Correspondence: Is Western Music White Supremacist? A Christian Response

This video on “white supremacy” in Western music theory recently got some attention from intelligent friends and acquaintances. It claims that Western music theory is racist—white supremacist, to be precise—for teaching only the musical style of 18th century European males. But don’t roll your eyes: the guys making these claims are not hacks; they both know far more about Western music theory than I will ever know. They’re brilliant, and it’s fun to listen to them display their brilliance....

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Don’t Tell Young Women in Your Church to Avoid College

Don’t Tell Young Women in Your Church to Avoid College

There’s a young man I know from Christian circles somewhere in the U.S.—I’ll call him Kyle or Gerald or Edward, or maybe something a little more derogatory—who posted what I can only call an anti-girls-going-to-college meme on Facebook. It argued that Christian colleges were not teaching biblical womanhood. I wrote this in response, because I have a pastoral concern for the many Christians I know who may be tempted toward this kind of isolationism. I’m tempted toward it, too, at times. But I...

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Calvinists and Armenians

Calvinists and Armenians

Update (11/17/2020): This post is a joke. I deleted a few comments from people who didn't catch the two major misspellings—because I didn't want to embarrass them; I honestly didn't expect to "fool" people! I forgot that some people are reading this post on other devices, even Kindles, and don't have the easy ability to follow the links. At the risk of ruining the joke before you even get to see it, I very frequently see people misspell "Arminianism" and "Arminian"—even people who really,...

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