A Panegyric for Keynes

Review of Lords of Finance by Liaquat Ahamed By PAUL D. MILLER It seems an odd time to write a history book in praise of John Maynard Keynes.  We live in an economic world largely shaped, for the last seventy years, by his ideas.  It isn’t doing too well at the moment. Nonetheless, that is [Read More...]

Untangling God and Caesar

Review of Raised Right: How I Untangled My Faith from Politics and Learned to Start Living the Gospel by Alisa Harris. By COYLE NEAL I am always pleasantly surprised to be reminded that there is such a thing as the “evangelical left.” Not that I’m much of a lefty myself (as anyone who’s read more [Read More...]

This is the way the world ends…

Review of Canticle for Leibowitz, by Walter Miller By COYLE NEAL The unthinkable has happened. Civilization has been eliminated by nuclear war. Following the war, the survivors blamed the disaster on intellectuals, and in the “great simplification,” books were burned and the well-educated were lynched. Only in the monasteries did reading and writing live on—and [Read More...]

A Great Biography for a Great Life

Review of The Rise of Theodore Roosevelt by Edmund Morris By KENDRICK KUO Teddy Roosevelt has been in the news recently. Last week, the Wall Street Journal ran an op-ed discussing the persistent failure of Teddy to win the Nationals’ presidents race that occurs every baseball game. There was a public outcry. Even Edmund Morris contributed [Read More...]

We the Underpeople

Review of We the Underpeople by Cordwainer Smith By COYLE NEAL The year is 15,000 A.D, and humanity is perfect. People live for four hundred years in perfect health, and die a perfectly peaceful and perfectly happy death when their time is up. All hard work is done by devoted robots and loving “underpeople”—human-like versions [Read More...]

P.G. Wodehouse Meets Jonathan Edwards

Review of Evangellyfish by Douglas Wilson By JUSTIN HAWKINS Commenting in his youth on his own pastorate, Reinhold Niebuhr remarked that “I make no apology for being critical of what I love. No one wants a love which is based upon illusions, and there is no reason why we should not love a profession and yet [Read More...]

The Source of Sanctification: Human or Divine?

Review of The Secret Garden, by Frances Hodgson Burnett By ALEXIS NEAL Mistress Mary, quite contrary, How does your garden grow? With silver bells and cockle shells And marigolds all in a row! So goes the nursery rhyme taunt sung to the central character in Frances Hodgson Burnett’s classic children’s novel, The Secret Garden. And [Read More...]

Angels Among Us?

Review of Ghost Brother Angel by Grant Schnarr By COYLE NEAL Ghost Brother Angel by Grant Schnarr is utterly without redeeming spiritual value. (And no, that’s not a phrase I throw around very often. In fact, to the best of my knowledge, I’ve only used it once.) To be fair, never in the book does [Read More...]

City at the End of Time

Review of City at the End of Time by Greg Bear By COYLE NEAL  “For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” –Hebrews 11:10 What does this verse mean to a non-Christian? That’s the question engaged by Greg Bear in City at the End of Time. Basically, [Read More...]

What Lincoln Can Teach the Tea Party

Review of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery by Eric Foner By PAUL D. MILLER Abraham Lincoln was a racist who believed Africans were intellectually inferior to whites and should not have equal political rights with their racial superiors. He opposed immediate abolition and favored only gradual emancipation, coupled with compensation for slave owners deprived [Read More...]


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