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  • Christians Can Be ‘Secular’, Too

    Christians Can Be ‘Secular’, Too0

    When most people hear the word “secular,” they associate it with those who either don’t believe in God or don’t attend church and pray on a regular basis. That’s one of the meanings of the term described by Charles Taylor in his monumental work A Secular Age: “… secularity consists in the falling off of

  • Do Not Get a PhD in the Liberal Arts, Unless…

    Do Not Get a PhD in the Liberal Arts, Unless…2

    I have a Ph.D. in Theology. I’m happy I have the Ph.D., and it’s been useful to me both in my thinking and writing. But would I have gone on for a Ph.D. knowing what I do now? Probably not. Recently, my friend Dave Deavel published an op-ed in the Wall Street Journal titled “The

  • Is Western Civilization Committing Suicide?

    Is Western Civilization Committing Suicide?0

    In the past century there have been numerous thinkers who have outlined the signs of the decline of Western Civilization. We have mentioned many of them in articles for Intellectual Takeout: Richard Weaver, Georges Bernanos, Alasdair MacIntyre, Alexander Solzhenitsyn, Samuel Huntington, David Bentley Hart, and Rod Dreher. I will now add another one to the

  • Why Amish Romance Novels Are So Popular

    Why Amish Romance Novels Are So Popular0

    In the “New and Popular” section of my local public library, there are multiple shelves dedicated to Amish romance novels. Yes, you read that correctly: Amish romance novels. As it turns out there’s quite a market, especially among evangelical Christians, for what’s also waggishly known as “bonnet-ripper” fiction. The three most popular authors of Amish