The story

March 2010


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Comment Magazine - The story

01

Dividing Zero

By Aaron Belz

02

Editorial: Story

By Gideon Strauss

It is true, and it has consequences.

07

Creation

By Al Wolters

Literally nothing is possible without the ordaining, creative power of God.

10

Fall

By David K. Naugle

The fundamental problem of the human race: we are alienated from God.

14

Redemption

By James K.A. Smith

Restoring creation will require the Spirit-inspired work of building caring institutions and life-giving habits.

18

Pocket litter

Items that add authenticity to Comment's "legend."

20

2010 Comment Manifesto: Wonder, Heartbreak and Hope

By Gideon Strauss

2010 Comment Manifesto

22

Fine Print: Learning How to Read Well

By Alissa Wilkinson

"We read to keep ourselves fully alive and alert to the world."

28

The Big Picture (1)

By Joshua Longbrake

Photo Essay: I will continue to know more, to see more.

30

Everything Has Changed: The Challenge of Being Perennial People

By Steven Garber

What will you do with what you know?

36

The Big Picture (2)

By Annie Ling

Photo Essay: Young adults are finding meaning in their employment struggles.

38

Reviews

A glance at recent non-fiction releases.

40

Doing Public Life and (Still) Believing Stuff

By Robert Joustra

Meditations on Andrej Rublëv's Icon of the Holy Trinity.

47

Comment Online Top 10

Did you know Comment publishes five times more content online than in print?

48

Two Kingdoms and Cultural Obedience

By David T. Koyzis

Creation is much more than a probationary order with no enduring significance.

56

Short Changed: Jonathan Wellum on Recession and Looking Long-Term

By Milton Friesen with Jonathan Wellum

First in a 2010 Comment series on good business.

This Issue

The story of God's great deeds—creation of all things; judgment of vicious human rebellion; redemption of all things—told in the Bible is the context within which we at Comment understand and approach everything. In this issue, we have asked our contributors to recount the episodes of that story, and we publish an editorial manifesto, broadcasting our most deeply-held convictions on the origin, coherence and purpose of existence.

The story is true, and has consequences. Consequences for how we live, consequences for how we understand the lives of our neighbours. See these illustrated in the essays—literary and photographic—that surround our manifesto and the central thread of creation-wonder, fall-heartbreak, redemption-hope.

Come and explore with us.

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