Beyond Walden Pond

Illusion & Reality in Pursuit of the Simple Life

by A. J. Conyers

“Seek simplicity and distrust it.”
—A. N. Whitehead

A student stopped me briefly in the library for some friendly banter about the length of a reading assignment. (No, he was not complaining that it was too short.) Suddenly his gaze lifted just above my shoulder and focused on a small, inscribed marble rectangle in a garden, just on the other side of the window. “I couldn’t help noticing as we talked,” he said smiling, “the words of Thoreau.” Then, as if he had just found a bit of holy . . .

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A. J. Conyers (d. 2004) was Professor of Theology at Baylor University's George W. Truett Theological Seminary in Waco, Texas, and the author of several books, including The Long Truce: How Toleration Made the World Safe for Power and Profit (Spence, 2001).

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