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[a few thoughts composed on my iPhone on the shore of Little Platte Lake]
Someone has said that academic squabbles are so nasty only because they are so unimportant. Nonetheless, many academics like to see themselves as "courageous"--exhibiting intellectual heroism, taking stands that are unpopular, leading to some kind of "martyrdom." This is the kind of "courage" you claim when you've dodged t... Read more of this blog post »
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Desiring the Kingdom: Worsh...
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Who's Afraid of Postmoderni...
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Letters to a Young Calvinis...
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Imagining the Kingdom: How ...
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Thinking in Tongues: Pentec...
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Updike by Adam Begley
Updike
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It would be easy to underestimate Begley's Updike, only because Begley makes it look so easy. The approach he has taken--to read Updike's fiction as a thinly veiled chronicle of his real life (in other words, the Maples stories are Updike's story)--s...more
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After Henry by Joan Didion
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In a conversation with Jeff Sharlet, he captured what I felt about this collection: None of these essays are "necessary." Indeed, there's something rather indulgent about this collection--so different from Slouching Towards Bethlehem or The White Alb...more
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All Quiet on the Western Front by Erich Maria Remarque
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Incredible. Haunting. Poignant. Heartbreaking. Characterized by the sort of taut minimalism I associate with Hemingway and McCarthy, the book is a powerful indictment of any romanticism about war.

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Tragedy in the Commons by Alison Loat
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I learned a lot from this book about the "behind the curtain" machinations of the Canadian parliament. The book is more journalistic than social scientific, but a range of interviews form the basis for their assessment and claims. Their brief is not...more
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Long, Last, Happy by Barry Hannah
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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

“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

“We confess knowledge without certainty, truth without objectivity.”
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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