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Desiring the Kingdom: Worsh...
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Who's Afraid of Postmoderni...
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Imagining the Kingdom: How ...
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Letters to a Young Calvinis...
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Thinking in Tongues: Pentec...
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Chesterton and Tolkien as Theologians by Alison Milbank
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Zero to One by Peter Thiel
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The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri
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Got sidetracked in Purgatory after Lent, never to return. I'll come back to it when Rod Dreher's book comes out.
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Selected Writings by William Hazlitt
Selected Writings
by William Hazlitt
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Came for a look at the un-Burkean alternative, stayed for the penetrating prose.
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The Diaries Of Evelyn Waugh by Evelyn Waugh
The Diaries Of Evelyn Waugh
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Of interest only to devotées, but for them these diaries are a treat. Waugh is cantankerous yet devout, obsessive and petty yet honest and genuine in his lifelong pilgrimage.
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“All discourses and disciplines proceed from commitments and beliefs that are ultimately religious in nature. No scientific discourse (whether natural science or social science) simply discloses to us the facts of reality to which theology must submit; rather, every discourse is, in some sense, religious. The playing field has been leveled. Theology is most persistently postmodern when it rejects a lingering correlational false humility and instead speaks unapologetically from the the primacy of Christian revelation and the church's confessional language.”
James K.A. Smith, Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church

“We all - whether naturalists, atheists, Buddhists, or Christians - see the world through the grid of an interpretive framework - and ultimately this interpretive framework is religious in nature, even if not allied with a particular institutional religion.”
James K.A. Smith, Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church

“Whenever science attempts to legitimate itself, it is no longer scientific but narrative, appealing to an orienting myth that is not susceptible to scientific legitimation.”
James K.A. Smith, Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?: Taking Derrida, Lyotard, and Foucault to Church

“In every sphere of life, form is the beginning of things. […] Forms are the food of faith, cried Newman in one of those great moments of sincerity that made us admire the know the man. […] The Creeds are believed, not because they are rational, but because they are repeated.”
Oscar Wilde, Complete Works of Oscar Wilde

“Lo maravilloso
nos envuelve y nos empapa
como la atmósfera;
y, sin embargo, no lo vemos.”
Charles Baudelaire, Les Fleurs du Mal

“I read poems for the pleasure of the mouth. My heart is in my mouth, and the sound of poetry is the way in." ~from an interview in Narrative magazine”
Donald Hall




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message 1: by Alex (last edited Jun 06, 2013 08:55AM)

Alex Stroshine So when are you and Dr. Craig going to have a debate on postmodernism and its relationship with Christianity?

Happy Sabbatical!


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