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Surprises

Tyndale library recently received a generous donation of 150 or so books from Mrs. Julie Gamewell, whose late husband and father-in-law were both reformed pastors and had accumulated a sizable library.  There’s some fun stuff, like a first edition of Ulysses Grant’s memoirs, and a lot of Biblical study titles; as I was sorting and…

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Augustine and Glory

Last haul for the school year!  Once again, all selected by Joshua Appel, with the exception of the Collision DVD, which was selected by yours truly. The central contention of Christian faith is that in the incarnation the eternal Word or Logos of God himself has taken flesh, so becoming for us the image of…

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Coraline

It’s a new month, and a new theme for selections!  Because everyone will of course be looking for fun summer reading, I have appointed May the sci-fi/fantasy month.  This week’s excerpt is the first chapter of Neil Gaiman‘s book Coraline. Chapter I.      Coraline discovered the door a little while after they moved into…

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Aesthetics and Theology

More Appel selections, with a little Schlect and Wilson thrown in! Selected by Joshua Appel Augustine famously claimed that the virtues of pagan Rome were nothing more than splendid vices. This critique reinvented itself as a suspicion of acquired virtue as such, and true Christian virtue has, ever since, been set against a false, hypocritical…

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Soul and Spirit

To round off our Inklings month, I will be giving to the Interblags two selections from Owen Barfield, Lewis’ great friend. The Soul of the Past In the common words we use every day the souls of past races, the thoughts and feelings of individual men stand around us, not dead, but frozen into their…

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Some Appelian Selections

Everything featured this week was selected by the inimitable Pastor Appel.  Enjoy! A depraved conscience — not merely ignorant but willfully corrupt — is the most destructive force in political life. In an incisive reflection on politics and original sin, a relentlessly perceptive political philosopher demonstrates that modern ideologies all deny the fallen nature that…

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Whose Body?

Second installment of Inkling month!  Enjoy this opening excerpt from Dorothy Sayers’ Whose Body?, the first of her Lord Peter Wimsey mysteries. Chapter 1 “Oh, damn!” said Lord Peter Wimsey at Piccadilly Circus.  “Hi, driver!” The taxi man, irritated at receiving this appeal while negotiating the intricacies of turning into Lower Regent Street across the…