The Importance of “Thinginess” (Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists Pt 5)

The following is part of a series on American evangelicals, considering why American Christian artists who produce high quality work tend to Catholic, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox or other high church denominations. In a previous post, I argued that evangelical culture is essentially suburban, and averageness tends to be a central feature in suburban cultures. A related problem …

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Why Do High Churches Get All the Good Artists? (Pt 1)

Several months ago, I was in a conversation with some book lovers and Inklings fans. We had wrapped up a discussion about Dorothy Sayers, when someone in the raised an interesting question: "You know, we talk a lot about Anglicans like Sayers and C.S. Lewis who wrote great books, and about liberal Christians like Frederic …

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Douglas Adams, Technology and Balance: Thoughts on Writing Better or Worse

Recently, I've been reading a lot about Douglas Adams, the writer behind The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Quite a lot has been written Adams' wit, his originality... and how notoriously slow he was to finish anything. You would think that using a computer would be the perfect remedy to this problem, wouldn't you? Strangely …

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