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The Apologetic Classics

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I’ve been away at a writers conference teaching a class on writing apologetics like C. S. Lewis, G. K. Chesterton, and Dorothy Sayers, and the other Christian rock stars of the last century. Some students have asked for recommendations, and I have many, but readers of “First . . . . Continue Reading »

The Problem with Walt Whitman

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In today’s “On the Square” article. R. R. Reno reflects on Walt Whitman and the World at Our Disposal . He argues that despite appearances (that “I celebrate myself” business), Whitman’s hymns to the self do not reflect an inwardly turned selfishness. On the . . . . Continue Reading »

Riding Away

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In Riding Away , today’s “On the Square” article, Joseph Bottum . . . no, just read it. Any teaser I could give you would give away too much. But it does begin this way: She was wiry and whip-thin, like most of the kids who come off the ranches, and like nearly all of them, she . . . . Continue Reading »

Parenthood Wins Hands Down

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“Many conclude that if you value your happiness and spending money, the only way to win the modern parenting game is not to play. Low fertility looks like a sign that we’ve finally grasped the winning strategy,” writes Bryan Caplan in  The Breeder’s Cup , published in . . . . Continue Reading »

Stieg Larsson’s Swedish Sermons

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“It’s this integration of the mundane and the mythic that enables the trilogy to hold its readers in thrall,” explains’s Laura Miller in Why We Can’t Get Enough of Stieg Larsson’s Hacker Heroine . I had picked up at the library the first book of . . . . Continue Reading »

Arts and an Arts Pastor

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Readers who enjoyed Matthew Milliner’s The Neglected Fireplace: Protestantism in the Arts , which we posted yesterday, may want to check the discussion (in which the author participated). You may also want to check out the weblog of the editor of the book reviewed: David Taylor’s Diary . . . . Continue Reading »

Champagne Malthusians and Their God

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In The Rise and Fall of Champagne Malthusians , Spiked’s editor Brendan O’Neill describes a modern “Malthusian Ball” he bravely attended, given his views: It was in the luxurious crypt of St Pancras Church in Euston [London] . . . . [W]e were invited to drink ‘luxury . . . . Continue Reading »