Fall 2011 | Volume 29, Issue 2
The good society
Peace, as St. Augustine says, is more than simply the absence of war. It is the tranquility of order—when all of the spheres of society function in such a way as to create wonderful music. This is a radical, prophetic notion.
"The good society." To dare to speak this way is to hope. It presumes that there is an order for our families, schools, governments, magazines, poets, employers, even our protesters to harken back to.
- Poem: The Future
Editorial: What we talk about when we talk about society
A good society has not only its institutions, but its loves in order.
Magazine as Microcosm
Learning in bits and scraps of the inexhaustible creation.
Loving Faithful Institutions: Building Blocks of a Just Global Society
Postmodern Christians won't get very far in transforming society until they learn to love institutions again.
Chronicles in the Good Society
In God’s good society, all are cared for, and all know whom they follow.
Reforming Economics: Capitalism and Its Discontents
The biggest losers of the financial crisis.
A Neocalvinist Ecclesiology
How might Dooyeweerd change the way we approach the local church?
Kuyper for Christians
Introducing a three-week Comment series on how Abraham Kuyper's world-and-life-view can enrich the twenty-first century Christian church.
Why Bother with the Humanities in a Time of Crisis?
Through riots, wars, and droughts, I teach English. Fiddling while Rome burns?
Horizons, Justice, and Human Flourishing
What we can really learn from the London fires.
Exploring past human efforts exposes the mixed motives and blind spots of our present condition.
Listening to History: The Poet's Legacy
We have misplaced an invaluable tool for shaping and refining human thought. It is time for apprenticeship in rhetoric.
Forgetting Ourselves in a Function: W.H. Auden on the Good Society's Friday
Taking up practices that remind us of our finitude, our createdness.
Shakespeare to the Rescue?
Like a prophet, Shakespeare pried loose the monolithic worldview of his day.
Making Space for Civilization: Educational Pluralism
Educational pluralism requires flexibility, social negotiation, and grace.
The Christian College has a Public Mission
As contemporary curators of vision, Christian colleges will flourish in fulfilling their public mission.
When art seems very far from the urgent cut and thrust of daily politics, that's exactly the point.
There is no such thing as disciplining one corner of a life. There are only disciplined or undisciplined lives.
How Then Shall We Mourn?
What would it do for us if, instead of skipping over the difficult stories of our lives, we put them on paper?
Big Questions for Business Leaders
You are a CEO, responsible in part for your company and its social impact. How do you keep yourself accountable?
Review: A Public Faith
Volf's book sketches an alternative between a single-religion society and a secular public square.
We Do: A Vision for Covenantal Relationship with Creation
Re-imagining, as newlyweds, our duty to keep and cultivate our vows.
Toward a More Complex Common Good: A Bibliographic Essay
What is the common good that Christ desires?