20pluscommunitydigestion

There is a great difference in excellency, usefulness, and comfort between people of clear, digested knowledge, and confused, undigested apprehensions. -Richard Baxter

but who will CNN turn to for a sound bite?

at last, someone who’s not a Christian is able to discern a critic’s straw-man version of Christianity. Perhaps a page has turned in the wider culture’s conception of who best “represents” a vibrant and humble Christian witness.

Justin Taylor posted a review by David Brooks of Andrew Sullivan’s latest book. Sullivan is a thoughtful, articulate (is that a slam now?) editorialist for Time. Here’s a sampling of Brooks’ review:

“The Conservative Soul” is imbued with Sullivan’s characteristic passion and clarity. And yet I must confess, if I hadn’t been reviewing this book, I wouldn’t have finished it. I have a rule, which has never failed me, that when a writer uses quotations from Jerry Falwell, James Dobson and the Left Behind series to capture the religious and political currents in modern America, then I know I can put that piece of writing down because the author either doesn’t know what he is talking about or is arguing in bad faith.

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