One Thing You Missed: On Tacky Christmas Sweaters, Fear, and Cynicism

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Years ago, David Foster Wallace warned us about the dangers of cynicism and our natural impulses toward self-protection. As we come to the end of the decade, one of the things we notice as we look back is the coarsening of discourse in American life, and the pervading sense of cynicism that has come to define modern life. I think there is a reason for all of this, and it actually relates to Christmas.

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We live in a fearful and cowardly time. The crisis we face is not a crisis of clarity but a crisis of courage.


About Russell Moore

Russell Moore is Public Theologian at Christianity Today and Director of Christianity Today’s Public Theology Project.