Sunday September 30 is the birthday of Ta-Nehisi Coates, one of greatest nonfiction writers of our day!
Whether you love or loathe his work, it’s hard to argue that he is one of the most thought-provoking essayists writing today.
His atheistic naturalism, for instance, challenges us as Christians to take the Incarnation, and our bodies, more seriously.
In honor of his birthday, we offer the following list of eight of Coates’s finest essays from THE ATLANTIC!
Hope and the Historian
Published: July 4. 2015
If your writing must be hopeful, then there’s only room for the kind of evidence which verifies your premise. The practice of history can’t help there. Thus writers who commit themselves to only writing hopeful things, are committing themselves to the ahistorical, to the mythical, to the hagiography of humanity itself. I can’t write that way—because I can’t study that way. I have to be open to things falling apart. Indeed, much of our history is the story of things just not working out.
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