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Letters

From the February 2023 Print Edition

Catholic Colleges I greatly enjoyed Veronica Clarke’s “Why I Went to a Catholic College” and her clear reasoning for the superiority of choosing such a path (December 2022). Although I am a graduate of three universities (two private, one public), I can no longer bring myself to give them . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted

From the February 2023 Print Edition

Christopher Knight has produced an approachable volume that addresses challenges faced by Christians, particularly Orthodox Christians attempting to reconcile the scientific consensus with the biblical narrative. He also sketches the beginnings of a new theory of God’s action in nature. This book . . . . Continue Reading »

Letters

From the January 2023 Print Edition

Bill Gates and Work Sam Kriss’s takedown of Bill Gates, and of money generally, is a provocative and thoughtful piece (“The Truth About Bill Gates,” November 2022), but more than once while reading it I felt sorry for Kriss. His understanding of work has a depressing every-man-for-himself . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted

From the January 2023 Print Edition

If you are even a little f­­amiliar with Anglicanism, you are ­likely aware that it can be a bit of a mess. The recent death of John Shelby Spong, that tireless enemy of Christ’s Church, should serve as more than a reminder of the fact. You might also know that there is much hope, both here in . . . . Continue Reading »

Letters

From the December 2022 Print Edition

American Empire Congratulations to Nigel Biggar for his “A Christian Defense of American Empire” (October). As three generations of descendants of the loyalist Andrew Oliver, who was commissioned to administer the unpopular Stamp Act in the Province of Massachusetts Bay, we were pleased to read . . . . Continue Reading »

Briefly Noted

From the December 2022 Print Edition

It is a widespread and ecumenical complaint that most of the academic work of biblical interpretation today is useless for preaching, praying, or the life of the Church. Leroy Huizenga, author of the excellent study of St. Matthew’s Gospel The New Isaac (2009) has, since he converted to . . . . Continue Reading »

Letters

From the November 2022 Print Edition

In his recent op-ed (“The Hypocrisy of Masks,” August/­September) exploring the theme of hypocrisy in C. S. Lewis’s works, Gilbert Meilaender presents a careless reading of Lewis’s last novel, Till We Have Faces. This inattention to the details of Orual’s story compromises his argument, . . . . Continue Reading »

Letters

From the October 2022 Print Edition

Russell A. Berman’s essay (“State of Emergency,” June/July) about our nation’s instability in various areas of public life is an insightful and valuable analysis of the fraying of the social bonds that hold together our multi-racial, multi-ethnic nation. There is one sentence, however, that . . . . Continue Reading »