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Love, Truth, and Conversation:
The Way Forward

 

C. Christopher Smith

 

The following is an editorial that will appear in the
Advent 2017 issue of our quarterly magazine.

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“The US is experiencing a deep epistemic breach, a split not just in what we value or want, but in who we trust, how we come to know things, and what we believe we know — what we believe exists, is true, has happened and is happening.”
– David Roberts, America is Facing An Epistemic Crisis, Vox.com

 

One of the most unsettling realities of Donald Trump’s presidency is his apparent assault on the institutions by which American society has traditionally measured and assessed truthfulness – particularly the institutions of science and freedom of the press. A cynic might posit that these institutions, and the truths that they uncover in the course of their work, might be taken as a threat to the interests of global corporations. Climate change, for instance, poses a threat to the coal and petroleum industries, and perhaps to a lesser extent the automotive industry and all its ancillaries. Undermine a society’s tools for discerning truth, the logic goes, and darkness prevails, along with all those who profit from darkness.

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One of the best new book
releases of this week
 is …

I Can’t Breathe:
A Killing on Bay Street

Matt Taibbi

Hardback: Spiegel & Grau, 2017
Buy Now: [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

Listen to Matt Taibbi’s interview with NPR’s Terry Gross,
that aired this week…

 
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Today (Oct. 25) is the birthday
of Novelist Zadie Smith…

 
Her novel SWING TIME was
our 2016 novel of the year!

 
 
(Read an excerpt of this book…)
 
 
 

We were delighted to dig up these wonderful conversations
feat. Zadie Smith talking to some of our favorite writers
(Jeffrey Eugenides, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Ann Patchett, MORE…)

 

Video 1:  Conversation with Ann Patchett:

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One of the best new book
releases of this week
is …

 

Meetings with Remarkable Manuscripts: Twelve Journeys into the Medieval World
Christopher de Hamel

Hardback: The Penguin Press, 2017.
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]
 
 

Here are several brief videos featuring Christopher de Hamel
that introduce the captivating world of medieval books…

BBC Video that introduces de Hamel’s book…

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Interview with Mark Galli
Author of Karl Barth:
An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals

 

An essay by Christiane Tietz, published this summer, sheds new light on Karl Barth’s relationship with his secretary, Charlotte Von Kirschbaum. Recently released letters between Barth and Von Kirschbaum reveal “that Kirschbaum and Barth loved each other; more than that, they were lovers; more than that, Barth brought her to live in his own home with his wife and five kids. Barth was not willing to give Kirschbaum up, and it almost … came to divorce between Barth and his wife Nelly; but for some reason…, Nelly stayed with Barth in this intolerable situation.” (quoted from Bobby Grow’s summary of the Tietz essay).

In light of these new details, I had the opportunity to ask Mark Galli, author of a new biography of Karl Barth, Karl Barth: An Introductory Biography for Evangelicals (Eerdmans 2017), what they might mean for Christians, and especially those who identify as Evangelicals.
 
 
ERB: I appreciate that your new book encourages evangelicals to familiarize themselves with Karl Barth and his theological work. In light of the details above, and that evangelicals generally have strong convictions about traditional, monogamous marriage, does the case you are making become a tougher sell?
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Another of the best theology books released this month is: 
 

The Pietist Option:
Hope for the Renewal of Christianity

Christopher Gehrz / Mark Pattie III

Hardback: IVP Books, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

Like Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option, released earlier this year,
Gehrz and Pattie invite the church into a timely new way of being…

 

The four instincts that are at the heart of The Pietist Option:

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One of the best theology books released this month is: 

Faith Formation in a Secular Age: Responding to the Church’s Obsession with Youthfulness
Andrew Root

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]

 

Here is a great book trailer video in which Root introduces the book, and its connection to philosopher Charles Taylor’s important work: A Secular Age

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Today is the release day for John Green’s new novel…

Turtles All the Way Down
John Green

Hardback: Dutton Books, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ]  [ Kindle ]
 

Listen to John Green reading the
first chapter from this new book… 

 
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Our most anticipated book of this fall is ..

 

Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology (Cultural Liturgies, Book 3)
James K.A. Smith

Paperback: Baker Academic, 2017
Pre-Order Now:  [ Amazon ]
 
 

The publisher has just released a series of
five brief videos that give a nice taste of the book.

We highly recommend watching these videos when you get a chance!

 

Video #1 – Awaiting the King:

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A great interview with Alice McDermott
about her new novel:

 

The Ninth Hour: Novel
Alice McDermott

Hardback:  FSG Books, 2017
Buy Now:  [ Amazon ] [ Amazon ]
 

Give this interview with Scott Simon a listen… 

 
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