Hope in a Time of Captivity and Persecution
JONATHAN B. COE
In reading the latest essay by Paul Kengor in Crisis, I was taken aback in learning about James K. A. Smith’s misguided and mean-spirited attack on Rod Dreher, Anthony Esolen, and Archbishop Charles Chaput, whose recent books, among other things, offer the self-evident thesis: American culture is going to hell on a hand basket.
As a former evangelical who attended an evangelical college and seminary, I’m convinced that Smith, an evangelical philosophy professor at Calvin College, should know better. Calvin College of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is 113 miles west of Flint, Michigan, so at least I know he hasn’t been drinking the same water. Once again I am reminded of humanity’s amazing capacity for denial even in the face of cultural indicators that provide very compelling evidence to the contrary: