Review: Romeo and Juliet

People are overwhelmed unto death by forces larger than their own lives, but which also include their own virtues and vices. That’s the classical meaning of tragedy, it happens in real life all the time, and Christians should meditate deeply upon it. 

Review: Pride and Prejudice

Pre-judged as “chick lit” (that is, literature for young women), fit only for AP English classes in high school, it would be salutary if men and women of all ages could swallow their pride and receive [Pride and Prejudice] as a challenge to virtue and wisdom.

Review: On Giving Advice to God

The underlying theme of these volumes is Paul’s words in 1 Corinthians 1:25, “Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stranger than men.”

A Biblical Theology of the Cross

Deutschlander shows both that the cross is something the Christian wants and at the same time not something the Christian chooses for himself.

Review: The Brothers Karamazov

The Brothers Karamazov is perhaps the most explicitly Christian and thoroughly modern in theme and outlook of any of the books thus far reviewed in these pages; and for those who appreciate these pages, I would recommend the novel as essential reading.

Review: Evening Bells at Bethany

Madson’s sermons are not literary works or academic treatises. They are pastoral. But he shows great facility with the English language. He makes use of literary allusions. Neither flowery nor drab, he preaches in a lively, engaging style.

Review of The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, Carl R. Trueman

Why are we at the point that transgenderism, LBGTQ+, and this sexual revolution are so infallibly prominent and protected by federal law such as the Respect For Marriage Act? In The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self, Carl Trueman correctly shows that this didn’t just happen by chance.

Review: My Ántonia

American author Willa Cather would like us to read her 1918 novel My Ántonia with classical eyes. In a revelatory passage, the narrator meditates upon a line from the Georgics, the Roman Virgil’s poem about agriculture and rural living.


In Beowulf, we see into a moment in the process of converting pagan poetic culture into Christian culture, a process incomplete in the text of the poem, and perhaps forever incomplete in the real world.