Take Your Pick 8/6/10

# 1 Beauty and the gospel by Terry Yount. Brilliant article that describes how the gospel is beautiful, and how dangerous sentimentality can be.

Indeed, as the church seeks a role in the arts, it must reclaim a more mature concept of beauty. As we recognize and embrace the heartlonging in many works of art, we may make a convincing proclamation of the whole gospel message.

Finding a way to the full expression of beauty, however, is a challenge. The danger is beauty’s menacing half-sister, sentimentality. How does sentimentality work against beauty? And further, how does sentimentality work against the gospel?

# 2 A graphic that shows how the digital revolution is changing our world.

# 3 Here’s a list of James MacDonald’s favorite books.

# 4 Christopher Hitchens writes his first “raw reactions to being stricken.” Great article– it’s good to come to grips with mortality, and this article makes you do that.

Myself, I love the imagery of struggle. I sometimes wish I were suffering in a good cause, or risking my life for the good of others, instead of just being a gravely endangered patient. Allow me to inform you, though, that when you sit in a room with a set of other finalists, and kindly people bring a huge transparent bag of poison and plug it into your arm, and you either read or don’t read a book while the venom sack gradually empties itself into your system, the image of the ardent soldier or revolutionary is the very last one that will occur to you. You feel swamped with passivity and impotence: dissolving in powerlessness like a sugar lump in water.

# 4 Douglas Wilson has eight articles that are meant to help wanna-be writers. I’ll post the list here and the individual ones on future Take Your Picks.

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