The Dark Knight Rises: You’ve Seen the Movie, Now Read the Book!

One of my favorite treasures: A leather-bound, antique edition of A Tale of Two Cities. It was a Christmas present from my son, who also love this novel. The illustration of the front cover was added later.

“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.” This one of my all-time favorite lines from one of my all-time favorite novels, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens. It is [Read More...]

Recommendations for a Nation of Heretics

Ross Douthat at Faith Angle Forum, May 2012

In my last post, I began to comment on Ross Douthat’s new book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics. Well, actually, I focused on a recent interview Douthat did with Christianity Today. He does believe that much of American religion, Christianity, in particular, is “bad” because we have lost touch with Christian [Read More...]

Are We a Nation of Heretics?


Are we a nation of heretics? Ross Douthat, a columnist for the New York Times, says “Yes.” It’s a rather elaborate “Yes,” actually, taking up 293 pages of Douthat’s new book, Bad Religion: How We Became a Nation of Heretics. I always enjoy Douthat’s writing, and Bad Religion is no exception to this rule. He [Read More...]

Why is The Hunger Games So Popular? Part 2


In my last post on The Hunger Games, I offered some explanations for the popularity of the book/movie that do not account for its extraordinary popularity. Yes, it’s a page-turning thriller, but that doesn’t explain why millions of people, especially teenage girls, love it so much. There are many other less successful page-turning thrillers. The [Read More...]