Breaking a Genre Gently: Thoughts on What Makes Art Work

Conversations about good art versus bad art often talk about using the medium well. For example, one might discuss whether the latest Ted Dekker novel works well as a thriller, based on other examples of what makes a good thriller novel. Or on a different level, one could discuss whether that novel works well as …

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Books and Articles on Friendship Despite Differences

When I gave a talk recently about C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien's friendship, someone commented afterwards that they really liked how the two men were able to freely discuss their differences as friends. Because I enjoy leaning into controversial topics (such as recent article about "atheist" movies), I've read a variety of books about people …

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How to Politely Disagree, According to Chesterton

How do you politely disagree with people? How do you show you don’t have the same views as someone else, even critique their views, without seeming rude or angry? Too many people (myself included) aren’t sure how to do this. Fortunately, over a hundred years ago author G.K. Chesterton helped answer that question. Chesterton’s known …

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