The Economist: “sometimes cynicism can be deeply naive”

Common wisdom is that idealists are naive.  Viewing the world through rosy hues, ignoring grim realities, and employing the cheery rhetoric of “we can do anything we put our minds to” or “God will never give you more than you can handle”—such practices characterize idealists.  In Faith Without Illusions, I open my section up on…

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Cynicism: Bonhoeffer on Disillusionment as a “Gift”

I will begin working on a couple of series of posts in the upcoming weeks, one focusing on cynicism (the topic addressed in Faith Without Illusions) and the other focusing on my impending move to England for PhD work.  This is the first post under the new series on cynicism. Disillusionment thrusts us into cynicism. …

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