Though I disagree with his ultimate conclusions, I find it interesting that a non-religious journalist would so willingly embrace the theological language of Augustine. This is an interesting read.
Though not explicitly religious, Brooks’s language evokes theology: for example, he doesn’t shirk from using the word “sin”, not in a scolding sense, but to refer to the universal tendency to “get our loves out of order”, prioritising what doesn’t matter most. A friend in publishing, hearing him speak about the book while he was writing it, called Brooks and said: “Do not use that word ‘sin’ – it’s so off-putting!” But Brooks concluded that it was necessary. “Sin isn’t the Holocaust; sin is spending your life thinking more about how you’re coming across [in a conversation] than on what the other person’s saying. These kinds of small sins that we do every day.”
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