My mother, a former public high school English teacher, had this book on a shelf since she retired. The last time I was home I decided to put it back into circulation. It was well worth it! I have not read Eliot with any consistency but found him to be one of those sagacious, forward-looking thinkers who were warning us of what was coming. He reminds me of Lewis and Chesterton, always cutting across the grain of accepted thinking with surprising insight and clarity. It was in this book (the title combining two older essays) that Eliot called culture the “incarnation of religion,” reaffirming my belief that no culture is morally neutral. It was a good find.
Natural DisastersAugust 31, 2017
A number of interesting natural and unnatural things have happened in the last few days. We have seen an amazing solar eclipse which happens only a couple times in most people’s life time. Some people go too far on one side making such an eclipse a biblical sign from God, and others go too far […]
Human Nature, America, and the ChurchApril 29, 2017
America and, therefore, the Christian church are experiencing an upheaval unique to the present age but unlike any phenomenon in recent history. Cultural watchers have described it as post-Christian, post-modern, post-morality, slouching toward Gomorrah, God is dead, and also with Biblical terminology such as the great apostasy, the one-world church, the harlot of Revelation, etc. […]
Corrupting Good MannersApril 1, 2016
Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:33 I have written at least three previous times about manners1 as many have done who grew up in the turbulent ‘60s when the civilities of society were turned on their head. It was John Silber, past President of Boston University, who […]