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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 […]


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 […]


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 […]