Shelf Life: Bad Books

From time to time I am asked why I only do positive book reviews.  Why don’t I do genuine criticism?  Why don’t I lambaste all the piffle, drivel, and swill that seems to subsume the publishing industry these days?  There are two simple reasons.  

First, I...

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Shelf Life: Augustine’s De Doctrina Christiana (On Christian Doctrine)

“The things of the Spirit do not come naturally to us like our mother tongue.  We are fallen, and the things of God are therefore strange to us.  Of course, interest, joy, and delight will help me learn, but behind them there needs to be the divine compulsion, the pressure of the...

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