{16 January} Weekly Reads

Something to consider as we step into Martin Luther King Jr. weekend:

“If true racial reconciliation is achieved in this country, it will be through the kind of deep spiritual and emotional understanding that art can foster. You change the world by changing peoples’ hearts and imaginations.”

~ David Brooks  (When Beauty Strikes)



Happy weekend to our readers!  Settle down with a hot cup of tea and enjoy some thought-provoking and soul-enriching essays this weekend. Feel free to add a link to articles we missed in the comments section below.


This Week at Conciliar Post:

The Revenant: Movie Review by John Ehrett

The Water Magician by Kenneth O’Shaughnessey

A Calvinist Reads Calvin: Of Kings, Apologetics, and Introductions by Jeff Reid

Movement and Action, Growth and Change by Fr Gregory

Perspectives by Johanna Byrkett


From Our CP Authors:

Called to the Life of the Mind (Mouw): Book Review by Jacob Prahlow


Across the Web:

The True State of Our Union by Del Tackett

“We have traded self-government for self-indulgence. We have traded transcendent Truth for self-centered identity and self-centered lust. The desires of the heart now trump any notion of divine righteousness.”


Five Ingredients for Fabulous Conversation by Liz Horst (Humane Pursuits)

“Decline in conversation atrophies our ability to empathize, and prevents us from building community. Whether you’re good at it or not, conversation is essential to our humanity.”


When Beauty Strikes by David Brooks (NY Times)

“Some of our most wonderful memories are beautiful places where we felt immediately at home. We feel most alive in the presence of the beautiful for it meets the needs of our soul. … Without beauty the search for truth, the desire for goodness and the love of order and unity would be sterile exploits. Beauty brings warmth, elegance and grandeur.” (Quoting John O’Donnahue)


There is a Narnia by Lanier Ivester

I wanted to turn back,
Traverse once more the way we’d come,
Grown pearly now in incandescence of this dying day—
(Dying? If death be half so radiant,
Why must hearts be trained to fear it? Sadly
Such a native glory goes unlearned!)…



The essays selected may not reflect the views of Conciliar Post. They have been chosen to engage our culture by engaging our minds.


~Johanna Byrkett, Senior Editor

Conciliar Post Weekly Reads

Conciliar Post Weekly Reads

Weekly reads is a gathering together of articles that hit the internet in the past week—from Conciliar Post authors and from other authors around the world. The Conciliar Post authors and editors work together to make this a weekly resource on Conciliar Post.

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