Richard Lischer teaches at Duke Divinity School. His most recent book is Reading the Parables (Westminster John Knox).
How is it that the poems of a 17th-century aristocrat still resonate with us?
The Life-Changing Wisdom of History’s Greatest Poem
A review of books by Rod Dreher and Alberto Manguel
Dante speaks to the uncertainties of every generation, to those who have awakened lost in an impenetrable darkness.
The essence of spiritual memoir
A memoir becomes explicitly Christian when it derives its literary power from the power of the gospel. It doesn't preach, it shows.
Repentance and the cross
Before we can say that "earth to earth" is a good thing, we have to believe it's really going to happen—not just to others, but to us.
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