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A Christian Response to the Inhumanity of Transgressive Fiction

I’ve written in the past about dishonesty at work among the avant-garde. I say this because the “art” which often emerges from such waters is rarely objectively beautiful, technically brilliant, or conceptually ingenious. Rather, its power seems to lie in its ability to shock and flatter. But there is another kind of deceptive exhibition that appeals not so much to our vanity as it does to our fascination with the dark and the depraved. It appeals to the same impulse that welcomed gladiators, public torture trials, and the Hostel movies. Though “art” of this variety has traditionally either been banned...

Our Favourite Books that We Read in 2019

We wanted to share with you our favourite books of 2019. To that end, TGC Canada editors and council members have provided us with a list of their favourites.  Any list is subjective, and there are thousands of other possible books worthy of your attention. Still, as fellow learners, we hope you consider what we at TGC Canada have read in the past year and now recommend. We hope it is a blessing to you as you consider what to read in 2020. Joshua Tong — Council Member Competing Spectacles by Tony Reinke The first book I read from Reinke...

Benefits of Secularity

If someone asked us about the current state of North American society, how would we respond? Would we bemoan the state of our leadership? The lack of Biblical values in education? The various policies enacted by our government? Sure, if pressed, we may express thankfulness for the freedom we enjoy and the security we have, but how many of us would thank God for the benefits the condition of our society holds for the Church? In the following article, I want to suggest that we can and should do this very thing. I do not want to suggest that our...

“A kind father”: Biblical fatherhood illustrated in the life of Andrew Fuller

Two years after the death of his first wife Sarah in 1792, Andrew Fuller (1754–1815) married Ann Coles (1763–1825), a pastor’s daughter. When Fuller’s mother, Philippa, heard of her son’s impending second marriage, she told him that she wished his “poor children well.” “Have you any reason to fear the contrary?” her son asked her. Philippa Fuller admitted she didn’t, but she reckoned that she herself would “not have made a good step-mother.” Fuller, ever the plain speaker, replied to his mother, “And so from thence you judge that others will be the same. For my part I am persuaded...

Word or Image? Wisdom from Theodulf of Orléans

The Libri Carolini was drawn up by Theodulf of Orléans (c.760-821)—one of the key theologians of the Carolingian church and the author of the well-known hymn “All glory, laud, and honour”—in 790–793 and then later revised by him with the help of, among others, Alcuin of York (c.732–804)—the private tutor to Charlemagne and the head of the palace school at Aachen. It was a well-argued response by the Latin-speaking Carolingian Church to the iconodulist decrees of the Second Council of Nicaea (787). In essence, the Libri Carolini sought to refute this council’s advocacy of the use of icons as vehicles...

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