How does a person respond to hate? Christians know the answer. We respond with greater love, greater attention, greater investment.
This week, in place of our weekly Eerdmans All Over roundup, we pay tribute to Jon Pott, our legendary editor in chief who is retiring today, after forty-seven years at Eerdmans Publishing.
In our unsettled age, a forty-seven-year tenure is almost unheard of. Yet from Jon Pott’s chronic (if accidental) homeostasis, great things have come. I think Saint Benedict would approve.
So let us not be deluded. Outrage and grief are necessary but insufficient. It’s time for white Christians to act: to listen carefully to how Black Americans describe what they know; to have a stark confrontation with ourselves about our own white experiences and passivity; and to move with the same faithfulness, creativity, and courage that Black communities in the United States have consistently modeled for us.
To think along with Classical Chinese philosophers about life’s big questions is to risk some upheaval. But the same is true for thinking along with Classical Western philosophers, or, for that matter, along with the person who lives next door to you. Thinking is a dangerous business.
Welcome once again to Eerdmans All Over, a Friday roundup of all the Eerdmans-related news, reviews, interviews, and other interesting online content we can gather in a given week.