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Quote of the Day: Sayers on Jesus “meek and mild” 1

Attributed to Dorothy L. Sayers:1 I believe it to be a great mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offense in it…We cannot blink at the fact that gentle Jesus meek and mild was so stiff in his opinions and so inflammatory in his language that he was thrown out of […]


Gems from Sayers’ “Cloud of Witnesses” 2

I have been doing a lot of traveling in the last few weeks, so my blogging on Targuman.org has mostly been confined to redirects of blog posts for my class. As you might imagine, with an administrative job I find myself reading all sorts of material, just not a lot for pleasure. I decided to […]


Dorothy L Sayers – the brutalizing influence of theology (and Stephen Fry and the iPod Touch) 3

I have oft mentioned that I am a keen fan of DLS and Lord Peter Wimsey. For Christmas in addition to my iPod Touch I received a Best Buy card that I used to purchase the 3 DVD set of the 1987 production of 3 mysteries, starring Edward Petherbridge, Harriet Walter. From Amazon: Dorothy L. […]


Sidney Chambers is no Father Brown (or Harriet Vane): The Sex-lives of Grantchester   Recently updated!

Last week was the third season finale of the series Grantchester. Having watched an enjoyed all three seasons to date, I wanted to share my critique of the show. A few preliminary comments are relevant. First, I deeply enjoy this genre, the British period mystery. Now, I have been a fan of Dorothy L. Sayers and […]


Why do we need to consider how many angels can dance on the point of a needle?  1

“The Lost Tools of Learning” is a wonderful lecture by one of my favorite authors, Dorothy L. Sayers. I particularly like this bit of clarification, one might say hairsplitting, as she addresses why logic and critical thought are important, even when applied to a purely theoretical question. A glib speaker in the Brains Trust once […]

Dorothy L Sayers portrait by William Oliphant Hutchison for National Portrait Gallery ca. 1950

We have lost our faith. 3

I was invited to preach at an all-campus service at the beginning of the semester. It was amazing to see the big auditorium in the student union completely filled. It was wonderful. It was incredibly encouraging. As I mention at the beginning of the sermon, I believe a preacher should be bringing the message that the congregation […]


A Biblical Theology of Suffering – Part 2

This is a continuation of my lecture given at the Cornell Graduate Christian Fellowship and Chesterton House in early April. My title was “My God, my God, Why Have You Forsaken Me? A Biblical Response to Loss and Catastrophe.” I have a recording of the lecture that I may make available if any are interested. I am slowly posting […]


Daniel Amos – Stone Away

Rediscovering a song that has rolled around in my head for two decades without my really paying attention to the lyrics. For that, Terry, I am sorry. Terry Scott Taylor is one of the most talented musicians and songwriters out there. So to know that an artist has put so much thought and clearly prayer […]


Why do angels dance on the head of a pin?

Earlier today I was listing my suggestions for summer reading and also commending the Dorothy L. Sayers essay “The Lost Tools of Learning” when I remembered this wonderful passage in that essay. Worth sharing again. A glib speaker in the Brains Trust once entertained his audience (and reduced the late Charles Williams to helpless rage) […]

Dorothy L Sayers portrait by William Oliphant Hutchison for National Portrait Gallery ca. 1950

How many angels can dance on the head of a pin? A lesson in argument 2

From Dorothy L. Sayers. Again, I am struck by how contemporaneous and relevant her decades old criticism is. (Does that make me a romantic or her a prescient thinker?) A glib speaker in the Brains Trust once entertained his audience (and reduced the late Charles Williams to helpless rage) by asserting that in the Middle […]