Tag: history

The search after truth: an Enlightenment episode

For the wit of man cannot for dullness keep the right way to search out truth, but strayeth in diverse errors, and as it were groping in darkness,…

Inventing the virtuous atheist: an Enlightenment episode

It has often been said that Plutarch educated Europe. To understand why, Shakespeare’s name need only be mentioned. For Plutarch’s textual corpus was one upon which the bard…

Neoliberal Jesus: Reading James Crossley

Is all history political? In at least one sense, yes. If we take this statement to mean that all history-writing is political, then it is so because historians…

Atheism’s origins: Reading Nick Spencer

Nick Spencer begins Atheists: The Origin of the Species with a fairy tale. The story he recounts is an abbreviated version of the tale championed in nineteenth-century Europe…

The evangelican imagination: Reading Molly Worthen

American evangelicalism is anti-intellectual. Such a view has enjoyed fairly wide currency since Mark Noll’s The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind. In Apostles of Reason, Molly Worthen attempts…

Our fractured age: Reading Charles Taylor

Since Sources of the Self Charles Taylor has contended that ours is a fractured world. The world in question is that of the North Atlantic, including Europe and…

Atheism’s modern history: Reading Gavin Hyman

“Yes to God? For many believers, this has not been obvious for a long time. No to God? Neither has this been obvious for a long time to…

Immoral atheism?

It is disappointing to see a Christian fulfill what I would have thought was a tired stereotype: asserting that a rival belief or argument is ultimately based on…