“Fear is not a Christian habit of mind,” as author Marilynne Robinson put it. And despite all their protests to the contrary, what sticks with you when you walk away from these books is a bunker mentality. The new alarmism seems to have bought the nonsense about the “right side of history,” just in the negative. But I’m reminded of a line from one of John Updike’s early short stories: “The churches of Greenwich Village had this second-century quality. Smith teaches philosophy at Calvin College and is the author of “You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit” from Brazos.In Manhattan, Christianity is so feeble its future seems before it.” Count me one of the “willfully blind” perhaps, but I would never count out a savior who rose from the dead. His new book, “Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology,” will be published this year.
Persons appearing here are presumed innocent, and inclusion on this list does not mean a person has been convicted of the arrest charge.To learn more about these systems changes, click here!To find out what's new for all five hero classes in 1.0.4, check out the barbarian, demon hunter, monk, wizard, and witch doctor previews.Sensing his own exaggeration, he doubles down, writing, “Sometimes entire civilizations do decay and die, and the people who point that out are correct.” (That’s all in italics in the original, by the way.) The surest sign of alarmism is when they tell you: “This isn’t alarmist!” And in his much-anticipated book, “The Benedict Option,” blogger Rod Dreher has seen the apocalypse: “There are people alive today who may live to see the effective death of Christianity within our civilization.