Monthly Archives: July 2014

An Odd Review of Metaxas

Every once in awhile I glance through the 1300+ Amazon reviews or Eric Metaxas’ biography of Bonhoeffer. Sometimes I find gems of real insight but more often I find things obviously written by very poor readers, such as the following: … Continue reading

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Did Bonhoeffer Read Hickleberry Finn?

I don’t know that Dietrich read Mark Twain’s masterpiece, though he did study the situation and history of the Black Americans when he was in New York in the early 1930s. But in an odd way, thanks to PBS and … Continue reading

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The New Barbarism

When I hear the word “barbarian” I always think of ancient history. . .or at least that’s what I used to think. Now, I’m finding the word coming to mind as I read the daily paper, such as the recent … Continue reading

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Science versus the Humanities

In 1959 C. P. Snow delivered a controversial series of lectures at Cambridge University, later published as “The Two Cultures.” Purportedly a disinterested examination of the difference between the studies of the humanities and the researches of the sciences, the … Continue reading

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Do you believe in hell?

A recent article in Aeon Magazine (accessed online via aldaily.com, 20 Jul 2014) examines the decline of belief in the existence of hell, not just among those who believe in no god but in believers as well. In a day … Continue reading

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Atheism and Mystery

Yet another article about atheism and faith pops us in today’s set of entries in Arts and Letters Daily ( aldaily.com ). It always amuses me that intellectuals who say they are convinced there is no God or that God … Continue reading

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