reading week in review: july 23-29

Selected highlights…

Articles from my mags and journals
1. Foreign Affairs began their Campaign 2008 series with essays on “America’s Next Foreign Policy” by Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. Read Obama a few weeks back, finally read Romney‘s essay this week.

2. In Christian History & Biography, this piece on St. John Chrysostom confirms why I’m interested in getting to know this Church Father better.

Books
1. Continued reading The Kite Runner, by Khaled Hosseini. I swear I will finish this sometime soon! It’s a good read, but I seem to be finding a way to draw it out…

2. Read chapter 8 in Jesus Mean and Wild, by Mark Galli, for a men’s bible study I lead on Wednesday mornings before work. If you’d like an accessible and thoughtful engagement with some of the edgier passages in the Gospel of Mark, this is a good book for you. Galli, managing editor for Christianity Today, brings a preacher’s heart and mind to wrestle with the text of Scripture.

3. St. Athanasius’ On the Incarnation (amazon, or read it online).

Online: blogs, news/commentary, etc
1. Interesting blog post on homosexuality that pointed to this unlikely dialogue on the Catholic journal website Commonweal.

2. In the online magazine Slate, this piece about “the least bad plan for leaving Iraq” is a helpful engagement with this one from the New York Review of Books.

3. Jonathan Alter of Newsweek on the Obama-Clinton argument. A follow-up on the deeper issue of “experience” in foreign affairs is here.

4. On PBS’s Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, this segment on The Simpsons (video for the segment is available at this link as well), in light of The Simpsons Movie that opened last Friday. Mark Pinsky, religion writer for the Orlando Sentinel and author of The Gospel According to The Simpsons (a fine read!), is interviewed for the segment. Good stuff, especially for a Simpsons fan.

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One thought on “reading week in review: july 23-29

  1. great interview with pinsky. i’ll post it to my blog. sorry i missed the party in houston, but i hope y’all enjoyed the movie.

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