Podcast: Alan Jacobs on Christian Intellectuals


Mere FidelityIn one of our longest Mere Fidelity episodes to date, Derek, Matt, Andrew, and I discuss Alan Jacobs’ recent essay, ‘The Watchmen‘, which has been provoking a lot of conversation recently. We talk about the place of Christian intellectuals in society today and how this has changed over the past few decades.

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About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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3 Responses to Podcast: Alan Jacobs on Christian Intellectuals

  1. The Man Who Was . . . says:

    1. The quality of Christian intellectuals writing on public issues hasn’t gone down. Peter Leithart and James Kalb come immediately to mind. But they are writing out of the public spotlight.

    2. The central problem is that most people are now “religiously unmusical,” particularly among the middle to upper classes. We now have millions of Richard Rortys.

  2. The Man Who Was . . . says:

    I can’t help wishing that someone, someone of Marilynne Robinson’s stature and gifts, would tell readers of The New York Review of Books that such church communities need not be scorned or feared, and then tell those church communities the same about the readers of The New York Review of Books.

    But what if both have a considerable amount to fear from each other?

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