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message 1: by David (new)

David I feel like this book needs a review...

message 2: by John (new)

John I agree. A review. I checked out the book from the library but only had time to read the passages about Wendell Berry and Saint Benedict before I had to take it back. I liked what I read but, after visiting Dreher's Beliefnet blog a few times, I can't tell if he is a visionary or a hack. Can you, you know, clarify that for me?

message 3: by Anna (new)

Anna Yes, Darby, share your thoughts! To answer that last question about Dreher - I think, in the book, he is a pleasantly engaging idealist. I also read his blog, and he comes across as more hack-like (right now he seems obsessed with apocalyptic-like scenarios that will destroy society) and he is much more focused on politics. I still read it, because he calls my attention to religion-related news I might miss otherwise. That's my two cents!

message 4: by John (new)

John Thanks, Darby. This was helpful.

Dreher had a laudable column in yesterday's Dallas Morning News about torture and the importance of investigating how "Bush and his men circumvented the law."

His concluding paragraphs included a quote from Wendell Berry:

"We don't need laws to protect us when it's easy to do the right thing. We need them to restrain us when we're terrified, enraged, greedy or in the grip of some other destructive passion that tells us we can achieve a good end – national security, say, or prosperity – if only we turn our back on what is right and embrace what we believe is necessary.

"'The most destructive of ideas is that extraordinary times justify extraordinary measures,' writes Wendell Berry. Fighting against this corrupting conviction – termed by Berry 'the ultimate relativism' – is why the country must steel itself for a necessary reckoning over torture.

"We wouldn't lose America to the terrorists by this investigation, any more than we would lose our wealth if we investigated Wall Street. But if we refuse to look without flinching at what our leaders did, we risk losing the only America worth defending."

message 5: by Don Incognito (new)

Don Incognito Very thoughtful.

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