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George Eliot in The Road to Character

George Eliot When I first started audiobooks I decided I wanted to read more novels. A number of people had talked about Middlemarch so I thought I’d give it a try. I made it about half way through but I was … Continue reading

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Dignity, the Road to Character Chapter 6

  Bayard Rustin and A. Philip Randolph Of all the chapters in this book so far this is probably the most intriguing and possibly muddled. While Dr. ML King Jr. gets his how holiday, these are two important civil rights leaders … Continue reading

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General George Marshall, The Road To Character, Chapter 5, Institutions (like the CRC) in Times of Change

General George Marshall As a boy I was a World War II buff. I read histories, watched “The World at War”, was fascinated by all things WWII. I knew George Marshall’s name, knew he was central to the US war … Continue reading

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Dorothy Day, “The Road to Character” Chapter 4

Dorothy Day I didn’t know much about Dorothy Day before reading this chapter. I knew she was involved in the Roman Catholic workers movement and that Brooks in the past as often mentioned her as one of his heroes. I … Continue reading

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The Road to Character, Chapter 3, The Eisenhowers plus Sin and Moderation

Self-Conquest One Halloween evening, when he was about ten, Eisenhower’s older brothers received permission to go out trick-or-treating, a more adventurous activity in those days than it is now. Ike wanted to go with them, but his parents told him … Continue reading

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The Road To Character: The Summoned Self, Chapter 2, Francis Perkins

Critiquing the “True Self” Within Brooks in the first chapter already began to critique the common contemporary notion of “the true self” within. As Ellen DeGeneres put it in a 2009 commencement address, “My advice to you is to be … Continue reading

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Chapter 1: The Shift in “The Road to Character”

Brooks the Conservative While Brooks’ conservative credentials are often in question chapter 1 begins by him working a dualism between the World War II generation and our present generation. The World War II generation was “Little Me” compared to today’s … Continue reading

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Introduction to the Road to Character

In the Garden of the Pastors I haven’t done book notes on my blog for a while. This might be a good book to take some notes on. The ideas that David Brooks has been working on has caught the … Continue reading

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Why Neither the Religious Right nor Secular Left Can Address American Religious Pluralism

Before the Culture War Combatants in civil wars are usually relatives, fighting over something both sides wish to share. George Marsden without addressing it directly attempts to trace back the roots of the present culture war to the time when … Continue reading

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Embracing Jesus-Fiction: Why Fiction Fuels Faith in a Skeptical Age

Road to Cana I’m reading/listening to Anne Rice’s Christ the Lord: The Road to Cana (not finished yet) and am quite moved by it. I usually chafe at Jesus movies and Bible fiction. I am deeply conditioned by my obsessive Protestant … Continue reading

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