Prophetic Stringency

Anarchy and Apocalypse
Essays on Faith, Violence, and Theodicy
Ronald E. Osborn
Cascade Books, $20, 174 pp.

Whatever one’s take on the later rise of capitalism in the Christian West, entrepreneurial genius was at work in describing the Gospels as “good news.” In contrast, the title of Ronald E. Osborn’s wide-ranging collection of essays seems dour and forbidding. That’s a shame, because the book is rich in subject matter and argument, and evangelical in spirit.

Commonweal readers will be familiar with Osborn’s clear-eyed, well-honed analysis (most recently in...

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Patrick Jordan is a former managing editor of Commonweal.