Fare Forward’s Good Life issue (Spring 2013) will return from the press in just a few days. Here’s a preview of the table of contents:
2 Opening Remarks
By Peter Blair
The modern search for happiness and meaning can be enlightened by traditional definitions of the good life.
6 Letters to the Editor
By the Editors
10 Wonking Up the Wrong Tree
Treating economics as a value-neutral science will only lead to a self-fulfilling prophecy that forms us in the image of policies.
13 Fiction’s Authentic Faith
Contemporary literature may approach religion differently, but faith hasn’t completely disappeared from the literary world.
16 From the Margins
Christianity seems to be losing some of its prominence and influence in American culture—but that actually be a good thing for the Church.
20 The Plough and Sails
Welcome the spring season with a sip of The Silver Monk.
21 Interview: New City Galerie
By The Editors
Fare Forward caught up with Joseph Pensak of Redeemer Presbyterian of Burlington to talk about New City Galerie, its purpose, and the theology behind it.
25 Knowledge and Vocation
By Justin Hawkins
As the liberal arts are increasingly threatened by economic arguments, Christianity defends the worth of scholarship as vocation.
29 The Farmer and the Don
By Jake Meador
C.S. Lewis and Wendell Berry, though personally very different, are united in their understanding of mankind as creatures subjected to healthy limitations by a loving God.
35 The Deceptive Narrative of American Sports
By Quinn McDowell
American athletics have become dangerously self-centered, depriving athletes of the virtues that can be nurtured by the pursuit of sports.
38 Love and Money in Ukraine
By Alexandra Heywood
A year at a Ukranian orphanage taught valuable lessons about the consequences both of giving in to corruption and of giving without thought.
42 The Whole Truth
By Matthew Duganzdic and Jose Mena
Strict naturalism cannot explain the entirety of the human experience, but Christianity offers a search for Truth that can include both the physical and the sacred.
46 The Work of Our Hands
By David J. Clark
The pleasure that we can derive from good work can be traced back to man’s ultimate purpose as a laborer in the household of God.
50 What’s Sacred to an Advertiser?By Grady Powell
By using language that is stripped of meaning, advertising demonstrates the way that thoughtless language can deprive us of our ability to imagine the world in new ways.
54 Wooden Minds
By Inez Tan
Flannery O’Connor’s portrayal of her “intellectual” characters illustrates the dangers of valuing the life of the mind over life in community.
By Brett Foster
“Poem for Ash Wednesday”
“An Encouraging Reminder About Sadness”
60 How Much is Enough?
Review by David Pederson
An economist and a philosopher work together to argue against the economic pursuit of growth for its own sake and offer some promising ideas for stemming the tide.
62 Imagining the Kingdom
Review by Charlie Clark
The new entry in James K.A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies series advances his argument that people are guided by precognitive “loves,” rather than by beliefs, by examining how worships works.
64 The Just Church
Review by Lee Farnsworth
Pastor and activist Jim Martin examines social justice from a practical, rather than theoretical, standpoint, challenging Christians to look beyond the intellectual aspects of faith.
Review by Michael W. Hannon
Despite its silliness, this book and others like it illustrate the powerful message that every human being has limits, and there is value in understanding ourselves as we were created.
68 How Literature Saved My Life
Review by Sarah Ngu
Part autobiography, part philosophy, David Shields’s new work concludes that literature can provide only a fleeting connection to others—but his despair may be misguided.
70 God Is Alive and Well
Review by William Boyce
Gallup’s Frank Newport analyzes a wealth of data to conclude that, for now, religion is on the rise in the American populace.
72 The Soul of the Greeks
Review by Rev. Justin Brophy
From Homer to Plato, Michael Davis examines the evolution of Greek beliefs about the nature of the soul, offering the interested reader a chance to explore these questions for himself.
74 Tenth of December
Review by Stephen Kim
George Saunders creates characters worthy of respect and compassion while simultaneously exposing and mocking their flaws.
Review by Blake Neff
Nassim Taleb’s theory of antifragility fails to explain everything he claims it does, but raises interesting questions about the consequences of failure in modern society.