Review

Pilgrim's Finale?

The Book of the People: How to Read the Bible
by A. N. Wilson

HarperCollins, 2016
(224 pages, $26.99, hardcover)

The eminent British novelist and man of letters A. N. Wilson was a foil in my Crisis of Doubt: Honest Faith in Nineteenth-Century England (2006). My book was an account of Victorians who had been Christians in their youth, later lost their faith and became polemical secularist leaders, but then returned to Christ, and in debates, lectures, and publications thereafter offered learned reasons for their mature Christian convictions. Crisis of Doubt ended by arguing that its evidence should serve "to reorientate us toward the intellectual strength of the Christian tradition."

Wilson, by contrast, had championed . . .

THIS ARTICLE ONLY AVAILABLE TO SUBSCRIBERS.
FOR QUICK ACCESS:


Timothy Larsen is McManis Professor of Christian Thought at Wheaton College, and an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. His most recent book is The Slain God: Anthropologists and the Christian Faith (Oxford University Press, 2014). He is a nondenominational, charismatic, evangelical Protestant and an elder in his local church, Life Church, Wheaton.

calling all readers

Please Donate

"There are magazines worth reading but few worth saving . . . Touchstone is just such a magazine."
—Alice von Hildebrand

"Here we do not concede one square millimeter of territory to falsehood, folly, contemporary sentimentality, or fashion. We speak the truth, and let God be our judge. . . . Touchstone is the one committedly Christian conservative journal."
—Anthony Esolen, Touchstone senior editor

Support Touchstone


more on bible from the online archives

32.5—September/October 2019

Peter's Sword

by Patrick Henry Reardon

32.3—May/June 2019

Editing Jesus

on the Implications of Changing the Pater Noster by John M. McCarthy

5.3—Summer 1992

The Bible Tells Me So

Everything You Need to Know About Morality & the Bible by David Mills

• Subscribers: Manage your subscription account here.


• Not a subscriber or wish to renew your subscription? Subscribe to Touchstone today for full online access. Over 30 years of publishing!


personal subscriptions

Purchase
Online Subscription

Get a one-year full-access subscription to the Touchstone online archives including pdf downloads for only $19.95. That's only $1.66 per month!


RENEW your online subscription

Purchase Print &
Online Subscription

Get six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access including pdf downloads for only $39.95. That's only $3.34 per month!


RENEW your print/online
subscription

gift subscriptions

GIVE Print &
Online Subscription

Give six issues (one year) of Touchstone PLUS full online access including pdf downloads for the reduced rate of $29.95. That's only $2.50 per month!


RENEW your gift subscription

Transactions will be processed on a secure server.

bulk subscriptions

Order Touchstone subscriptions in bulk and save $10 per sub! Each subscription includes 6 issues of Touchstone plus full online access to touchstonemag.com—including archives, videos, and pdf downloads of recent issues for only $29.95 each! Great for churches or study groups.

kindle subscription

OR get a subscription to Touchstone to read on your Kindle for only $1.99 per month! (This option is KINDLE ONLY and does not include either print or online.)

Your subscription goes a long way to ensure that Touchstone is able to continue its mission of publishing quality Christian articles and commentary.


more from the online archives

29.5—Sept/Oct 2016

The True Atheist Myth

on Past & Present Atheism & the Invention of Happiness by Jordan Bissell

21.10—December 2008

Savior in a Manger

Early Christian Teaching on the Incarnation & Redemption by Patrick Henry Reardon

31.1—January/February 2018

In Defense of Prudery

The Wisdom of the Victorian Quest for Innocence by David Sandifer