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Friday, October 14, 2022

Bonnie Kristian’s new book, Untrustworthy

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If fake news, cancel culture, and conspiracies are driving you wild, Bonnie Kristian’s new book, Untrustworthy, “is a clarion call for Christians to awaken to how the knowledge crisis is wreaking havoc on our churches and tarnishing our testimony.”

Behind the story

From Daniel Silliman: I’m a news person by profession, but also by disposition. I want to know what’s going on. I want to understand the world. So I consume a lot of news.

I’ve come to understand that’s not how most adults live. I was talking to a friend the other day who told me he goes weeks every month without checking out the news. Of course, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t hear the latest controversy du jour. It means he only hears about that and only filtered through opinions and hot takes.

“It’s all so exhausting,” he said. Well, yeah.

I told my friend to read a local paper and subscribe to CT, but I’m also happy that smart people like Bonnie Kristian are trying to diagnose why so many people feel so stuck, when it comes to news. We make choices about what we consume, but don’t really feel like we have real agency.

As the review published in CT notes, she argues that we’re living through a “knowledge crisis.” And if we want to get out of it, we’re going to have to try to understand the world–but thoughtfully, prayerfully, and with great care.

In other news

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