Happy Feast of St. John the Baptist

In the Catholic, Orthodox, and Anglican Churches today is the Feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, when we recall the birth of St. John and his role as a forerunner to Christ. Above we've inserted a clip of Ut Queant Laxis, one traditional chant from this feast day. The words, sung in Latin, translate this way: So that your servants may, with loosened voices, resound the wonders of your deeds, clean the guilt from our stained lips, O Saint John. Below is a text from St. Augustine's se … [Read more...]

Letters to the Editor – Issue 6

The following letter and response pertain to this article from Issue 6.Letter:My first reaction after I finished reading Michael Bradley’s essay, “Eros Beyond Sex” in the Summer 2013 issue of Fare Forward was to grab my copy of The Four Loves and give the chapter on Eros a reread. Bradley attributed a few points about Eros to C.S. Lewis that seemed to mischaracterize his description of Eros, and I wanted to see if he was correct.Well it turns out that, in the first instance, he was. … [Read more...]

Two Responses to Andy Crouch on Institutions

Editor's Note: As regular blog readers will have seen yesterday, a big topic at the recent Fare Forward symposium was the the Christian vocation to be faithfully present in institutions. Coincidentally, noted Christian public intellectual Andy Crouch published at the same time a piece on institutional life in Christianity today. Based on whether you like to talk about institutions or not, this timing was either something providential or a bit more sinister.  Either way, we thought it provided a g … [Read more...]

Lumen Fidei: FF Writers React

Michael Hannon:Lumen Fidei is a fine title for Pope Francis’ first encyclical, but I can’t help but think that After Faith might have been even more apropos.  For in this letter to the Christian faithful, the Holy Father does for doctrinal enquiry what Alasdair MacIntyre did for ethical inquiry more than thirty years ago in After Virtue.  With a nod to Nietzsche, Pope Francis—primarily through the pen of his predecessor—begins by noting the sterile nature of contemporary understandings of fai … [Read more...]

Spring Issue Preview

Following up on yesterday's TOC, here are excerpts from the spring issue's four cover articles. We hope you are as excited as we are:Love and Money in Ukraine by Lexi HeywoodIt must be understood that corruption in Ukraine has its root in the Ukrainian economy and history. Policemen, doctors, and teachers are paid very poorly and rely on bribes to supplement their paychecks. Astronomically high taxes encourage a flourishing black market that relies on the mafia for protection. … [Read more...]

Spring Issue Table of Contents

 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:FRONT SECTION2 Opening RemarksBy Peter BlairThe modern search for happiness and meaning can be enlightened by traditional definitions of the good life.6 Letters to the Editor ARTICLE REVIEWSBy the Editors10 Wonking Up the Wrong TreeTreating economics as a value-neutral science will only lead to a … [Read more...]

The “New Legalism” Gets Some Things Right

On the Acton Blog, Anthony Bradley argues that "radical" or "missional" Christianity, of the kind proposed by David Platt, is the new form of legalism. By telling people that an ordinary, normal life of loving God in the everyday isn't enough, the new "radicals" are causing people to burn out and leave the church. He writes: I continue to be amazed by the number of youth and youth adults who are stressed and burnt out from the regular shaming and feelings of inadequacy if they happen to not … [Read more...]