Author Archives: Dr. Steven Garber

Seeing Seamlessly

“So he had lived in childhood and adolescence in the same country rectory, taking part each Sunday in a familiar liturgy which reflected, interpreted and sanctified the changing seasons of the farming year.” Reading one more novel of P.D. James, … more »

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Making Culture Matters

“Picasso at the Lapin Agile” sounds just about as good as it gets— and not surprisingly, the play is born of the genius of Steve Martin. Once upon a time we saw it performed at the Ford’s Theater here in … more »

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The Culture is Upstream from Politics, Again

When I was a boy, my grandfather and I spent summers buying cattle throughout Colorado. Mostly of course, he was the buyer, but there were moments when, with a certain twinkle in his eye, he would let me be the … more »

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The Culture is Upstream from Politics

The culture is upstream from politics, always and everywhere. A few days ago I made that argument at the University of North Carolina, giving the Wilberforce Lecture. While each week my work matters, and each time I speak I feel … more »

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A Disposition to Dualism

A disposition to dualism. The image caught me, thinking through my work last week. From teaching here in Washington, to speaking in Birmingham and Chicago, those words captured what I saw and heard. But what is dualism? and why does … more »

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Pilgrims in the Ruins

Pilgrims in the ruins. The image caught me, and years later I am still living with it. Simply said, it captured the challenge of living in a world where we stumble in the ruins, sinners that we are, sinned against … more »

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At Crucial Moments of Choice

“At crucial moments of choice, most of the business of choosing is already over.” So argued Iris Murdoch, moral philosopher at Oxford University, and in a thousand ways we know it to be true. Parents understand this, spouses understand this, … more »

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On Murder Mysteries and the Meaning of Vocation Too

Reading a mystery? For class? Seriously? This is the second week for the Capitol Fellows, the graduate seminar I teach every Monday morning through the fall, September to December, and the first book I had them read was Dorothy Sayers’ … more »

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Honest Questions, Honest Answers

“I have a question.” These last few days I have been walking among the aspens of southwestern Colorado, just south of Pagosa Springs, not so far from the New Mexico border, listening to the questions of students who have taken … more »

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On Honest Art

Almost as pretty as it gets…. and yet. Telluride is also a place like every place. The sun rises, the day unfolds, the evening comes. People work and worship, they play outdoors and cry indoors, they eat and drink, they … more »

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