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The Decline of Conservative Publishing?

Rod Dreher at The American Conservative offers several interesting reflections on the decline of conservative publishing.  

We might want to ask, whether in crisis, as the saying goes, there might also be opportunity seriously to rethink the business of conservative apologetics.

This jeremiad reminds me that C. S. Lewis warned long ago of the dangers of “genrefication” of Christian apologetics, which may bear thinking about in the context of conservative apologetics as well:

 

I believe that any Christian who is qualified to write a good popular book on any science may do much more by that than by any directly apologetic work. . . . What we want is not more little books about Christianity, but more little books by Christians on other subjects–with their Christianity latent. (emphasis in original) . . . It is not the books written in direct defence of Materialism that make the modern man a materialist; it is the materialistic assumptions in all the other books. . . . The first step to the re-conversion of this country is a series, produced by Christians, which can beat the Penguin and the Thinkers Library on their own ground.”  (from C. S. Lewis, “Christian Apologetics” in God in the Dock)

 


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