Vantage Point

How to See Outside the Box

Most of my books are old books. I don't mean the physical copies are old (though plenty of them are); I mean they were written long ago. Many of my scholarly books were written before 1945, and the bulk of my novels and other literary works were written before 1900. Most of my philosophical and theological books were written centuries ago—and many of them go back two millennia.

Why do I give houseroom to so many old books? Why isn't my library stocked with New York Times bestsellers?

That's a good question. I don't consciously avoid new books; for example, I recently enjoyed David Berlinski's The Devil's...


received his Ph.D. in Religious Studies from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He writes on education, politics, religion, and culture.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #20, Spring 2012 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |