Monthly Archives: October 2008

Full circle

Check out Rod Dreher’s argument that now is Wendell Berry’s time: “In the months and years to come, we all will have to learn the meaning of limits. Wendell Berry is no dour scold who preaches a joyless austerity. To the contrary, he tells us that what we truly seek in life is not comfort, …

Hopefulness

Andy Crouch offers a thoughtful essay on the eventual fruits we might, if we are lucky enough not to find an easy way out, glean from the current economic crisis. Here’s an excerpt: “The stark contrast between what I experience among Christians anywhere else in the world—and not just the ‘Third World,’ because Canada and …

On Guilt by Association

Convicted by declarations from both major political parties that one’s associations reflect one’s character, I decided to re-register myself as an Independent. The paperwork went through a couple of weeks ago. I breathe easier now, knowing I’m no longer associated with the criminals and sexual perverts who held official and unofficial leadership positions in my former party. …

Eloquence vs Utilitarianism

After reading John Wilson’s delightful review of Denis Donoghue’s On Eloquence, I made a note to eventually read the book. Listening to John Piper’s recent muddle-headed misinterpretation of Wilson makes me wish I had time to read the book right away. In a nutshell, whereas Wilson celebrates the beauty of words (and newborns, and well-made churches, …