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Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith

Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/common-knowledge/article-pdf/28/1/146/1576286/146brooker.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 July 2022 George Kennan, George Orwell, and Lionel Trilling— whose detachment, intel- lect, and posture of superiority give them a status and authority equal to Menand’s own. The book begins with Kennan and ends with him. Menand admires him for his judgment about the actual, rather than the imaginary, dangers of the Soviet Union and praises him for his bravery in insisting, early on, that the war in Vietnam would irreparably damage the United States. Orwell simply told the truth at all times about every political siren call and sought a language shorn of every distortion. Trilling, a liberal, exposed the muddled comforts of liberalism and thought all ideological formations misjudged humanity’s essential “residue of human quality beyond the reach of cultural control.” These three men— skep- tical, realistic, and independent— stand as the lonely monitors of the landscape Menand surveys. They act, collectively, to suggest the kind of focus and axis needed in this informative and engaging book. — William M. Chace doi 10.1215/0961754X-9713619 Richard Harries, Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith (London: SPCK, 2018), 233 pp. Richard Harries, who was bishop of Oxford for http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Common Knowledge Duke University Press

Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith

Common Knowledge , Volume 28 (1) – Jan 1, 2022

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Downloaded from http://read.dukeupress.edu/common-knowledge/article-pdf/28/1/146/1576286/146brooker.pdf by DEEPDYVE INC user on 12 July 2022 George Kennan, George Orwell, and Lionel Trilling— whose detachment, intel- lect, and posture of superiority give them a status and authority equal to Menand’s own. The book begins with Kennan and ends with him. Menand admires him for his judgment about the actual, rather than the imaginary, dangers of the Soviet Union and praises him for his bravery in insisting, early on, that the war in Vietnam would irreparably damage the United States. Orwell simply told the truth at all times about every political siren call and sought a language shorn of every distortion. Trilling, a liberal, exposed the muddled comforts of liberalism and thought all ideological formations misjudged humanity’s essential “residue of human quality beyond the reach of cultural control.” These three men— skep- tical, realistic, and independent— stand as the lonely monitors of the landscape Menand surveys. They act, collectively, to suggest the kind of focus and axis needed in this informative and engaging book. — William M. Chace doi 10.1215/0961754X-9713619 Richard Harries, Haunted by Christ: Modern Writers and the Struggle for Faith (London: SPCK, 2018), 233 pp. Richard Harries, who was bishop of Oxford for

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Published: Jan 1, 2022

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