Tag Archives: Christopher Hitchens

New Approaches to Academic Writing: An Unusual Marking Note for a Good Student

I am at that time of year when the marking pile on my desk is higher than my laptop screen. Like a fool, each year, I go into the marking expecting great things. So far, I have never had a … Continue reading

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On Embracing my Inner Nerd, Or Erasing the Division between Head and Heart

The phrase, “doing your devotions,” still gives me the shivers. Early in my spiritual journey, my well-meaning leaders tried to instill a little religion in me. I was the Christian equivalent of Huckleberry Finn when it came to disciplines that … Continue reading

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C.S. Lewis According to the New Atheists

“A common argument, attributed among others to C. S. Lewis (who should have known better), states that, since Jesus claimed to be the Son of God, he must have been either right or else insane or a liar: ‘Mad, Bad … Continue reading

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My Secret Hierarchy of Writing

             I have, I must admit, a sort of strange, secret hierarchy of writing. I don’t mean to. I believe the essence of good writing is not popularity or an elusive sense of the high brow. If I can put … Continue reading

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Theological Pantsing, or the Moral Problem of Hell (Hell Series Part 3)

At the close of the 20th century Stephen King wrote that if he were a different kind of writer, “I might never have … gotten a letter from some helpful fundamentalist fellow who wants me to know that I’m going … Continue reading

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