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Winter 2015 | Volume 33, Issue 4

Remembering Forward

Our devotion to the supposedly liberating powers of progress and technology has come to roost. We lopped off our memory, as if tradition was what was holding us back. But it turns out forgetting hobbles progress too.

Strung between novelty and nostalgia, a biblical imagination remembers forward. We explore faithful, honest, hopeful memory in this issue of Comment. Those Christians who want to be faithfully present in contemporary society do well to cultivate ancient friendships.

13 Articles In this Issue
02
Editorial: Memory, Forgetting, and Hope by James K.A. Smith

A biblical call to remember must be written in the future tense.

06
World View: An Annotated Reading of Your World by James K.A. Smith

An annotated reading of your world. Topics this issue include small cities and the pursuit of virtue, tiny sabbaths at work, and the faces and names of Comment readers.

11
Headquarters: Faith in Canada 150 by Greg Pennoyer

Updates from Cardus on the renewal of social architecture.

12
Lessons for an Amnesiac Society by Kevin Flatt

How to remember in an age of disruption.

20
Covering our Tracks by Roberta Green Ahmanson

If we lose our aesthetic heritage, we lose the means to speak to an age enchanted by images.

30
Memory, Making, and the Gift of Inheritance by Bethany Hebbard

A reader's vignette.

31
We Don't Talk About That by Mark Charles

When remembering is painful, but necessary.

38
How to Read an Encyclical (and Why) by Brian Dijkema

A Protestant's grateful guide to these papal "technologies of remembrance."

46
Competing Memories: A Conversation with Rudzani Muloiwa by Rudzani Muloiwa, Brian Dijkema

A South African photographer talks about how to remember.

48
The Justice of Memory, the Grace of Forgetting: A Conversation with Miroslav Volf by Miroslav Volf, James K.A. Smith

How to remember the truth with love, and why we should hope to forget.

58
Memories Need Stories by Joseph Elliott Schlabs

A reader's vignette.

59
Abandon All Hope Ye Who Forget by Kyle David Bennett

The life of Herman Bavinck shows us how to remember the past, not try to live in it.

64
The Commons: Remembrance That Limps by Calvin Seerveld

Remembering and forgiving with our crooked human hearts.

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