James E. Beitler III offers a fascinating exploration of the place rhetoric plays in Christian life and witness in his book, Seasoned Speech: Rhetoric in the Life of the Church.
It just so happens that in 1943, five of the brightest Christian minds of the time—C.S. Lewis, Jacques Maritain, T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, and Simone Weil—were all writing, speaking, and thinking about education and what it means to be human.
Larsen’s three chapters relate to the larger themes of incarnation, skepticism, and sanctification within the greater context of the Victorian crisis of faith.
Every so often, a new book comes along that considers how the church must change, or reshape itself, for the current historical moment. So, it should come as no surprise that another book would come at this particular time.
In his book Culture Care, Makoto Fujimura describes how our culture is influenced by a post-industrial, utilitarian view of life: life is a battle to compete for resources, which are growing increasingly scarce.
Christians typically assume that the best way to avoid this temptation of engaging in sexual impurity is to avoid anything even resembling friendship with someone of the opposite sex. Byrd, however, argues that avoidance is not purity; it is simply avoidance.