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In advance of the new movie adaptation of Madeleine L’Engle’s novel,

A Wrinkle in Time

FSG Books, 1963
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Television station CUNY-TV sat down with an astrophysicist and a biologist to talk about science in L’Engle’s space trilogy.
 
(HT: Sarah Arthur. Thanks for alerting us to this!)

*** Watch the movie trailer!

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November 15 marked the birthday of Alvin Plantinga, the noted philosopher, who was awarded the distinguished Templeton Prize this fall.

 
In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of brief video clips that introduce his legacy…

*** Books by Alvin Plantinga

Introduction (Templeton Prize):

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

 
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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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Here’s a great video of Arden Reed introducing the concept of Slow Art, as explored in his new book:
 

Slow Art: The Experience of Looking, Sacred Images to James Turrell
Arden Reed

Hardback: U of California Press, 2017
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Slow Art in the Age of Instant Everything.
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With the release of the Wendell Berry documentary LOOK & SEE, Co-Producer Nick Offerman (best known as Ron Swanson, from TV’s Parks and Recreation) has been making the rounds as an apologist for the film…

*** A number of Berry’s books are on a great sale
for Kindle this month!

Here is one brief interview that Offerman did:

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Rev. William Barber II has been called by Cornel West,  
“the closest thing this generation will have to a Martin Luther King, Jr.”

 
His most recent book is

The Third Reconstruction: How a Moral Movement Is Overcoming the Politics of Division and Fear
Rev. William Barber II

Paperback: Beacon Press, 2016
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Rev. Barber was interviewed this week by Trevor Noah on the Daily Show. Watch the interview… 

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Tomorrow (June 2) marks the birthday of philosopher and social critic Cornel West…

In honor of the occasion, we offer a series of our favorite brief video clips featuring West…

*** Books by Cornel West

The Bond of Truth Seeking:

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Yesterday (May 10th) marked the birthday of theologian Karl Barth!

In honor of the occasion we offer the following rare video clips of him discussing theology…

*** Books by Karl Barth ***

 
 

1 – On the Confessing Church

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Saturday April 29 is the birthday of theologian Willie James Jennings!

 
Watch for our review of his new commentary on Acts in our Fall 2017 magazine issue…

Acts: A Theological Commentary on the Bible
Willie James Jennings

Hardback:  WJK Books, 2017.
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Listen to a great interview that Jennings did
with the LA Review of Books’ Marginalia podcast:

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