Monthly Archives: February 2014

Think christianly

Christianity has always been a thinking person’s faith, but is there a way for a person to “think christianly” (to borrow a phrase from the literary critic Harry Blamires)? Does one think christianly only when pondering religious or theological issues … Continue reading

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Don’t be an intellectual slacker

In Some Notes on Reading, Annie Dillard tells of visiting the Beijing Library with her interpreter Song Hua. Beijing Library was then home to over 11 million books and only 200 chairs. Yet, Song Hua explained, only on rare occasions … Continue reading

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Unrequited love: the St. Valentine’s Day tragedy

A friend and I once met a couple of Muslim acquaintances at a restaurant. We had arranged the meeting as a chance to get to know one another and to talk about our faith commitments. In the course of the … Continue reading

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Informed intellect and unformed character

When Oswald Chambers was serving as a chaplain with the British Army in Egypt during World War I, a young soldier approached him with disdain in his eyes. His words to the chaplain were almost an assault: “I can’t stand … Continue reading

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