Dr. Paul Kentigern Siewers is associate professor of English at Bucknell University and was the 2018-2019 William E. Simon visiting fellow in religion and public life at the James Madison Program, Princeton University. He is also an ordained subdeacon and warden at St. John of Shanghai and San Francisco Russian Orthodox Mission Church in Lewisburg, Pennsylvania. He teaches and writes on Christian literature and ideas of nature, and on literary resistance to totalitarianism. His views are his own.
Scarily, the permanent lies of totalitarianism — ‘survive at any price’ and ‘only material results matter’ — seem ascendant today in American politics.
Mainstream Christians can learn from Christian Science’s rise and steep decline, and see its new incarnation in ‘Moralistic Therapeutic Deism.’
Progressives make such a big deal out of hateful and culturally appropriative depictions in other contexts, but not when Christians are the victims.
Although it may be near declaring bankruptcy, Scouting’s problems go beyond the financial, deep into the problems with America’s civil culture today.
The last tsar of Russia and his family are a reminder of the light of faith that the darkness of communism could not put out.
Both ‘Gunsmoke’ And ‘House Of Cards’ encapsulate an American ethos, but one humanely and the other in a brutal, disturbing way.
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