One Year of Conciliar Post

Conciliar PostToday marks the one year anniversary of the launch of my other blogging venture, Conciliar Post. Conciliar Post is a community blogging site dedicated to faithful, serious, and civil dialogue about important theological and cultural issues. Offering theological conversations, journeys of faith, reflections on Christianity, and commentary on current events from a Christian perspective, Conciliar Post promotes edifying dialogue that informs, encourages, and challenges people from around the world. Continue reading

Book Review: Restoring All Things (Smith and Stonestreet)

“Christians are called to live for the good of the world. This requires understanding and action. We must think clearly about the world and engage deeply when and where we can.”

Restoring All ThingsIn his essay “On the Reading of Old Books”, C.S. Lewis once admonished his readers to engage numerous old books for every new book that they read. The prevailing attitude of Lewis’s day (and, indeed, that of our own) often emphasizes the new. In opposition to this “cult of innovation” we are often encouraged to return to the foundational classics of civilization and culture, and rightly so. Yet along with the wealth of the past, we must also read new books—this very website contains my reflections on a new book almost every week. Many of these new books I fully expect to make only limited lasting contributions to the shape of our world (if they make any substantial contribution at all). There are exceptions of course—though I shall not delve into a catalogue of what I perceive to be the most influential contemporary books in this particular review—and these writings are to be engaged with great eagerness. Certain other books are highly descriptive in nature, accurately taking the pulse of our world from a particular moment and perspective. The best of these are works which not only offer a catalog of contemporary culture but also connect that description with principled analysis. Though I have read many a writing claiming this dual role of description and analysis, none in recent years hold a candle to the work which is the topic of today’s review. Continue reading

Announcing Conciliar Post

Conciliar PostI am pleased to announce the launching of Conciliar Post, a website dedicated to the promotion of edifying dialogue which informs, encourages, and challenges people around the world.

As the About page indicates, “Conciliar Post is a collection of theological conversations, journeys of faith, reflections on Christianity, and commentary on current events from a Christian perspective. The authors hail from a variety of Christian traditions and use this website to host an intentional community in order to facilitate the true exchange of ideas and to encourage loving action.” Conversations at Conciliar Post are all about faithful and serious dialogue about serious topics in our world today.

As Managing Editor and Author, I am am very excited about the launch of Conciliar Post, as well as the superb team of authors we have assembled. Included are a wide range of theological traditions and backgrounds, making Conciliar Post one of only a few websites which are truly conciliar and ecumenical in scope.

I encourage you to visit Conciliar Post, take a look around, and consider following our work (either by email or social media). You’ll be glad that you did.