The Church Is (Not Just) a Building: Some Thoughts on Notre Dame

Like many of you, I spent a long time watching yesterday’s terrible fire at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. I’m still sorting out the feelings, trying to understand why I felt as sad as I did — knowing that others took it far harder… First, it’s always painful to see the world get a … More The Church Is (Not Just) a Building: Some Thoughts on Notre Dame

Beyond Books: The “Head of Christ”

The last two weeks I’ve tried to convince Anxious Bench readers that we tend to overemphasize the influence of books on Christianity, while understating that of other types of writings: e.g., hymns and prayers. As I conclude that series today, I go beyond the written word altogether and offer some historical and theological reflections on the most famous American … More Beyond Books: The “Head of Christ”

My Essay on WWI Commemoration in Books and Culture

Regular readers know both that World War I is one of my favorite topics and Books & Culture one of my favorite publications. So it was a joy to write the essay that went up on the B&C website this morning, “We Will Remember Them.” The title comes from one of the war’s most-quoted poems, and refers back to the … More My Essay on WWI Commemoration in Books and Culture

Help Me Pick a New Look for The Pietist Schoolman!

Ever since this blog started in June 2011, it has used the same WordPress theme. Described as “a classic and popular magazine-style theme that has withstood the test of time,” I liked The Morning After because it squared with my preference for a multi-column, magazine-like look that would make it easy for readers to find posts other than the … More Help Me Pick a New Look for The Pietist Schoolman!