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Christianity and Culture by T.S. Eliot
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Dec 24, 2008

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Reprints two small books Eliot published ten years apart. “The Idea of a Christian Society” (two stars), published in 1939, really doesn’t make it to the table of serious discussion. “Notes towards the Definition of Culture” (4 stars), published in 1948, certainly does. Eliot considers creative, vital culture to be founded on various tensions that balance unity and diversity of social class, regionalism, and religion. His conservatism does not swoon over the value of authority, and he usually just comes across as a moderate guy worried about the homogenization of society. Still, Eliot would do well to tell us more about the content of Christianity and delve more deeply into why he thinks religion is essential for the construction of morality.

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