“The God Who is There” Review

The God Who Is There. By Francis A. Schaeffer. Downers Grove: Intervarsity Press, 1998. 226. Available on Amazon.  Christian apologist Francis Schaeffer dedicated his life and ministry to reaching a post-modern world with the gospel of Christ. In his writings, lectures, and fellowship with unbelievers, Schaeffer demonstrated the supremacy of God as the only Being…

“Hole in Our Holiness” Book Review

The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness. By Kevin DeYoung. Wheaton: Crossway, 2012. 159. Available on Amazon. Introduction & Summary Kevin DeYoung composed The Hole in Our Holiness to exhort our contemporary church culture to pursue the oft-neglected quality of holiness (10). While God exhorts His…

Million Dollar Baby Film Review

Clint Eastwood’s 2004 Million Dollar Baby depicts the tragic boxing career of Maggie Fitzgerald and her attempts to find meaning and purpose amidst the misery of her backwoods, poverty-stricken Missouri upbringing and her desire to compete as a boxer. The film explores the philosophical claims of existentialism, which advocates that man should attempt to find…

According to Plan Book Review

Goldsworthy, Graeme. According to Plan: The Unfolding Revelation of God in the Bible. Downers Grove, IL: Intervarsity Press, 1991. 251. $19.17. Author Graeme Goldsworthy serves in the Anglican Church of Australia, lectures in Old Testament and biblical theology at Moore Theological College in Sydney, Australia, and, in According to Plan, has written an excellent introduction to…

Thoughts on the Sacrifice of Isaac

As per my background, I teach high school English at a Classical school. Much of our class discussions focus on the pagan deities of the ancient world, figures such as Jupiter and Apollo and Bacchus who inflicted great cruelties upon innocent maidens, for no other reason than that their wanton lust fell upon them.  Or, perhaps we…

A Severe Mercy Review

Sheldon Vanauken benefited directly from what so many contemporary churchgoers have benefitted indirectly—that is, hearing and reading insights from C.S. Lewis on issues of great importance to us and our faith. Most Christians at some point in their walk with the Lord have read Mere Christianity or The Screwtape Letters, or have read The Chronicles…

The Fault in Our Stars, Movie Review

The very premise of The Fault in Our Stars, of two good-looking star-crossed lovers battling cancer, destined this film for greatness. Romantic tragedies, such as Romeo and Juliet andTitanic, draw in their viewers by dangling the prospect of true love winning out against a cruel world, and, within this genre, The Fault in Our Stars…

Why India Should Reject Facebook’s “Free Basics”

Dear People of India, I greet you on behalf of everyone who loves individual rights and freedoms in the United States of America. I have read that many citizens in the Republic of India are skeptical of Free Basics, an essentially free Internet offered by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg. Free Basics promises to open up the…

The Ancient Near East & A Classical Education

I remember vividly looking at the syllabus for 9th grade history and wondering, “How will I ever teach an entire semester of Mesopotamian history?” Once the panic attack subsided, I slowly divided the semester into manageable units arranged around the peoples and empires on the syllabus with names like, “Sumer & Akkad,” “The Assyrians,” “The…

Star Wars & the Value of a Western Education

This blog originally appeared on the CiRCE Institute, available here: https://www.circeinstitute.org/blog/star-wars-and-mimicry It is a widely known fact that, before conceiving of the multibillion-dollar franchise known as Stars Wars, George Lucas read Joseph Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces. Campbell, a scholar of comparative mythology whose work focuses on the symbolic interrelationships between mythological traditions, focused on…