Evangelical Christianity and the Teen Depression Epidemic

Jonathan Haidt and Greg Lukianoff have written an important new book titled The Coddling of the American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure. It's a lucid, eye-opening and (in my opinion) convincing work. I'll have more to say about it in a future post. But I wanted …

Continue reading Evangelical Christianity and the Teen Depression Epidemic

Advertisements

In Defense (Somewhat) of Self-Help

When I was in Bible college, few things received scorn as unanimously and frequently as the self-help genre. The corner of your local bookstore dominated by big, bright covers and names like Oprah and Tony Robbins was, almost all of us young, restless, Reformed pre-seminarians agreed, poison. We understood that the self-help genre was a …

Continue reading In Defense (Somewhat) of Self-Help

Thoughts on Christian Publishing

On Twitter, Jared Wilson flagged this list of the bestselling Christian books of 2016. I've seen previous iterations of this list, and each one that I've seen looks frighteningly alike. The gentlest way to say it: the Christian publishing industry is utterly dominated by therapeutic self-help literature. What's more, the sheer amount of non-literature on the …

Continue reading Thoughts on Christian Publishing

The Slough of Internet Despond

The latest nominee for Tweet of the Year comes from professor James K.A. Smith: https://twitter.com/james_ka_smith/status/764601247919771648 I am endlessly perplexed by people who say--and there are many who do--that social media and the internet "community" are the best measures of What's Really Happening in the world today. These folks will point us to Twitter if we …

Continue reading The Slough of Internet Despond

Essay: The New Puritan Shame Culture

In the April 1886 issue of The Atlantic Monthly Julian Hawthorne, son of Nathaniel, reviewed his father’s The Scarlett Letter. Towards the conclusion of his stunning, 9,000+ word essay, the younger Hawthorne reflected on the moral irony of  Hester Prynne’s world:  This [the scarlet A] is her punishment, the heaviest that man can afflict upon her. But, like all legal …

Continue reading Essay: The New Puritan Shame Culture