“A Carol for the Despairing” is a brilliant and succinct gem of an essay that I will treasure. I suppose there may be informed critics who will wish to poke holes in it because of their particular historical views, but that may be to their loss as readers. The author thoughtfully engages one’s literary impulses to intersect our historical, theological, and even musical frames of reference—all to present a message of great hope grounded in Scripture. My only regret is that the article’s title expresses an emphasis a bit “off” from the result of reading the essay. I actually bypassed it in my first review of the magazine because I wasn’t interested in reading yet another article about despair during the Christmas holiday season.
Excellent article. I pursue Advent more fervently every year. I need it to be a lifelong pursuit!
Annette Wilson Austin
The list of “Our Favorite Heresies” contains 12 items, only 2 of which (those excluded by ecumenical councils) deserve to be called heresies. Most of the other statements are confusing and certainly do not follow from the NAE definition of evangelicals included in the footnote. To give just one example, why can’t an evangelical believe that the Bible contains helpful accounts of ancient myths (it does) and that the Bible is not literally true (it can’t be if it contains ancient myths)? Such an unfounded list of “heresies” risks making evangelicals look foolish and making weak-minded evangelicals more dogmatic than they need to be
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