Saturday, April 14, 2018

Saturday Good Reads

A word, or the use of a word, has bothered me for quite some time, at least as long as its most recent incarnation. I see the word – and it’s a word you see a lot of these days – and you wonder how long things have been hidden. Everyone uses it – politicians, business people, churches (including my own). The word is transparency, and Hugh Whelchel asks if it means the same thing as what we used to call integrity.

The Canadian professor Jordan Peterson continues to provoke strong reactions from the progressive left – when the f-bomb makes into a literary review, you know something unusually weird is going on. Alastair Roberts takes a rather clear-eyed view of what’s been happening, and why. Samuel James places Peterson in opposition to some very powerful cultural forces – the nihilism and anti-reason urges of our time best exemplified by the “internet anticulture.” And what may help explain the anger aimed at Peterson is that he doesn’t come from the Christian or political right, but from within the Academy itself.

Spitalfields Life has a look at some mosaics of the works of William Blake – in a railway tunnel in Lambeth, on the South Bank of London. And I have actually walked through that tunnel on my way to a laundry on Lower Marsh Street (but the mosaics weren’t there at the time).

Jesse Johnson on the use of the word “evangelical,” C.S. Lewis was a “deplorable” (who knew?), a moving tribute by a soldier’s grandson, and more.

British Stuff


To Begin With – Kathleen Wakefield at Image Journal.

If I am to fail – Troy Cady at T(r)oy Marbles.

On the Banks of the Neuse River – Joshua Herring at The Imaginative Conservative.

Singing Silence in a Far Country Near – Peggy Rosenthal at Image Journal.


If not you, then who? If not now, then when? – David Rupert at Red-Letter Believers.

Life and Culture

Discourse in the Culture Wars and the Hunger for Catharsis – Alastair Roberts at Alastair’s Adversaria.

Jordan Peterson and the Internet Anticulture – Samuel James at Letters & Liturgy.

Are Transparency and Integrity the Same Thing? – Hugh Whelchel at the Institute for Faith, Work, & Economics.

A Soldier’s Grandson – John Barnes at The Imaginative Conservative.

Making Britain Great Again: The “Deplorable” C.S. Lewis – Jerry Salyer at The Imaginative Conservative.

Art and Photography

Mule Resophonic Witness – Jack Baumgartner at The School of the Transfer of Energy.

Signifying – Tim Good at Photography by Tiwago.

Workers discover old slate blackboards in school renovation

Painting: Betty McCann, oil on canvas (1927) by George Spencer Watson (1869-1934).

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