A lot of the work of MARS HILL AUDIO involves bibliographic scouting missions. We often hear from our listeners that they would never have known about a particular book if they hadn’t heard our interview with the author.
But for every author we interview, there are dozens of books, articles, websites, and blog postings that help inform our editorial decisions. This page is a way we can pass some of that knowledge on to you. We also feature information and commentary about various events, as well as reports of the subsequent activities (published and otherwise) of previously interviewed authors.
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One of the paradoxes of contemporary life is that homes are equipped with labor-saving appliances and yet people do not have time to cook and care for the home and its members as did past generations. Work that should be (with appliances) easy to complete is often pushed aside for either the sake of time or because it does not seem important. In a lecture given recently at the Center for Christian Study in Charlottesville, Virginia, professor Margaret Kim Peterson examines this paradox and establishes a theological framework explaining the importance and practice of keeping a home economy. . . . [Read more
A recent article
in the American Scholar
suggests that academics in the humanities should be challenged by the work of their colleagues in the sciences who have shown that reality is not "socially constructed." In "Getting It All Wrong: Bioculture Critiques Cultural Critique," author Brian Boyd states that the work of scientists reveals a givenness to reality; he addresses how knowledge of that givenness is manifested and the foundations upon which it is based. . . . [Read more
"Although the book may be hazardous to recent conventional 'wisdom' about the memory of wrongs, it is, I believe, good medicine for our cultural health and personal flourishing. The warning appropriate to this book isn't like the one on a life-endangering pack of cigarettes—it's like the one on a life-enhancing bottle of medicine apprising the taker of the temporary discomforts that accompany its curative effects." Miroslav Volf, The End of Memory
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Living chastely in today's culture is made especially challenging by confusion in conventional thinking about sexuality, sex, and marriage. For example, the message is widespread that casual sex is beneficial for everyone involved. . . . [Read more