Winter 2017 | Volume 35, Issue 4
This issue is dedicated to ancient friendships that can become the distant, orienting stars by which we navigate the roiling waves of twenty-four-hour news with all its upheavals and outrage. Think of this issue of Comment as your sextant (or, if you prefer to update the metaphor, a GPS device): we want to introduce you to a constellation of forgotten voices that have oriented thoughtful Christians across the centuries and who continue to offer wisdom to our age, if we’ll listen.
Editorial: Finding Forgotten Friends
Apprenticing Ourselves to the Past
An annotated reading of your world.
Headquarters: Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing
Updates from Cardus on the renewal of social architecture.
To Knock a Chip out of the Wall: Sophie Scholl
Learning from Sophie Scholl in Charlottesville.
The Uses of Friendships: Moses Mendelssohn
It's when we resist conforming to the expectations of our contemporaries that we are a gift to them.
A Society of Friends: David Elton Trueblood
David Elton Trueblood was a friend to the world and a friend to me.
Seeing the Beauty of Dappled Things: Gerard Manley Hopkins
A poet taught a physician how to see again.
A Vocational Friendship: The Cappadocians
How a letter to John Stott encouraged my journey to fourth-century Cappadocia.
At the Bottom of the World is the Word: Martin Luther
Learning to taste the Word of God with Martin Luther.
Learning to Be Free: Booker T. Washington
What someone who was enslaved can teach us about a liberal education.
Making Sense of Our Contradictions: Blaise Pascal
Blaise Pascal knows us well: as glorious and wretched, hungering for God but prone to distraction.
The Friend We Need but Do Not Want: Martin Luther King Jr.
On the inconvenience of Martin Luther King Jr.
The Story About Religious Freedom You Haven't Heard
The Christian origin of religious-freedom arguments.
The Commons: Resist the Tyrannical Now
Seeing the invisible at church or a used bookstore.