Touchstone Vol. 29 No. 1 Jan/Feb 2016

EDITORIAL
3 Bargain Debasement
Secular Credibility Is a Devilish Temptation by JAMES HITCHCOCK

DEPARTMENTS
4 QUODLIBET
6 LETTERS
8 THE SUFFERING CHURCH

COLUMNS & VIEWS
9 MORTAL REMAINS: Not as the Scribes
S.M. HUTCHENS

11 FROM HEAVENLY HARMONY: The Fleeing of Sorrow
KEN MYERS

13 The City of No God: the Most Challenging Thought Experiment of All Time
GRAEME HUNTER

15 Wilberforce for Good: Marriage, Moral Corruption & the Christian Duty of Witness
REGIS NICOLL

18 Higher-Order Marriage: Progressive Myths & Christianity’s Deeper Revolution
DAVID THEROUX

21 Family-Oriented: How the State of Marriage Looks from China & Within China
DAVID MARSHALL

FEATURES
24 Idols of the State: Secularists Want All Religion Out of the Public Square, Except Theirs
JAMES HITCHCOCK

28 Farewell, Old Chessmate: John Mortimer’s Rumpole of the Bailey & the New Rules of the Game
RAYMOND J. BROWN

33 Glorious Flesh: How Dorothy Sayers Taught Me the Meaning of the Resurrection
ROBIN PHILLIPS

39 The Vanishing Point of Marriage: How the Minimalist Redefinition Erodes a Foundational Institution
ANDREW J. PEACH

BOOK REVIEWS
44 Campus Recall
The ‘Making of Men’: The Idea and Reality of Newman’s University in Oxford and Dublin
by Paul Shrimpton
reviewed by JAMES A. ALTENA

46 Fidei Defonsor
Knowledge and Christian Belief
by Alvin Plantinga
reviewed by GRAEME HUNTER

47 Pulpit Masters
The Pastor as a Public Theologian: Reclaiming a Lost Vision
by Kevin J. Vanhoozer and Owen Strachan
reviewed by S. M. HUTCHENS

49 Sabbath Unrest
Searching for Sunday: Loving, Leaving, and Finding the Church
by Rachel Held Evans
reviewed by DENNIS R. DIMAURO

50 Passion for Truth: The Life of John Henry Newman
by Fr. Juan R. Velez
reviewed by BRYAN BERRY

Revealing Snapshots: People and Events That Shaped Christianity
by Ralph E. MacKenzie
reviewed by JAMES HITCHCOCK

The Grace of Incorruption
by Donald Sheehan
reviewed by L. JOSEPH LETENDRE

ILUMINATIONS
52 What Star Is This?
ANTHONY ESOLEN

54 A THOUSAND WORDS
Apse Mosaic Church of Sant’Apollinare in Classe
MARY ELIZABETH PODLES

56 As IT IS WRITTEN…
David’s Lament
PATRICK HENRY REARDON

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