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“For me to live is truth”: Sertillanges’s The Intellectual Life

A. G. Sertillanges, O.P., The Intellectual Life: Its Spirit, Conditions, Methods, trans. Mary Ryan (1987; repr. Washington, DC: The Catholic University of America Press 1998). How does one acquire the treasure of knowledge?1 What duties, habits, virtues, and practices ought to order the Christian intellectual’s soul in his pursuit of truth? What does daily life […]

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Book Notes: Methland

(This is not a full review. It is a brief series of summary thoughts.) Anyone who has a desire to understand the nexus of forces that conspired to create rural and small-town middle America as we know it (or as we pretend not to know it)–that part of the country, “fly-over country,” alternately ignored and marginalized […]

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Review: Demacopoulos, The Invention of Peter

I recently reviewed George Demacopoulos’ The Invention of Peter: Apostolic Discourse and Papal Authority in Late Antiquity (2013), part of the “Divinations” series published by University of Pennsylvania Press, for Classical Journal Online, and thought it may be of interest to some of our readers. You can find it here.

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A History of the Concept of Cowardice

Kyle Williams, PhD student at Rutgers, has written a fascinating book review of Chris Walsh’s Cowardice: A Brief History over at Boston Review. As Mr. Williams explains, the concept of cowardice has an rich history in Western literature and thought, starting at least with the Bible, holding a significant place in the Middle Ages, and retaining […]

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Unbelief and Revolution

Here follows a translation of the first paragraphs of the introduction to Guillaume Groen van Prinsterer’s Unbelief and Revolution. Harry van Dyke’s otherwise excellent translation truncates this part, a bad move on his part as this passage sets the stage for everything that follows, and lays out the importance of this inquiry in no uncertain terms. A […]

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The Natural Family Where It Belongs: New Agrarian Essays

Allan C. Carlson The Natural Family Where It Belongs: New Agrarian Essays Transaction Publishers, 2014 Allan Carlson is a writer we interact with often at TCI. We have reviewed his Third Ways here and have tried to summarize his overall project here. Earlier this year we were sent a review copy of his newest release, The Natural […]

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Scholastic Metaphysics: A Contemporary Introduction

Disclosure: I was given a free review copy of this book by the publisher. Over four centuries ago, one of the greatest Reformed minds wrote about the gifts of the pagans: For by holding the gifts of the Spirit in slight esteem, we contemn and reproach the Spirit himself. What then? … Shall we say […]

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Covenantal Apologetics: Principles and Practice in Defense of Our Faith

Judging from its endorsements, K. Scott Oliphint’s recent Covenantal Apologetics: Principles & Practice in Defense of Our Faith, is set to become a standard introduction and update to Cornelius Van Til’s “presuppositional” approach to Christian apologetics. The substance remains the same, but the language is streamlined and made more accessible to the layperson. Regrettably, while […]

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God’s Agents: Biblical Publicity in Contemporary England

In his newly-released book, God’s Agents: Biblical Publicity in Contemporary England, Matthew Engelke offers “an ethnography of publicity,” (230) in which he examines how the British and Foreign Bible Society (hereafter Bible Society) – and most pointedly the Society’s Bible Advocacy Team –tried to “make the Bible heard” in British mass-cultural and political spheres in […]

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The Emperor Constantine

A couple of weeks ago, Peter Leithart mentioned Hans Pohlsander’s little book The Emperor Constantine as a “miracle of concision.” I agree with his assessment and wanted to add a few thoughts of my own. I’d not read this book until I used it for a class I’m teaching this semester; but it is, I […]