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Better than Your Best Life Now

An Interview with Jen Pollock Michel

We live in a world that calls evil good and good evil. In previous generations Christians might have been associated with a kind of moral zealotry, as if we were just a little too serious about this “right and wrong” stuff. But that’s not the case any longer. What God has intended for our good, the world has denounced as evil.

“It is not simply that Christianity is an alternate ethic in the secular age,” Jen Pollock Michel writes. “It is an enemy.”

Jen Pollock Michel is the author of Keeping Place: Reflections on the Meaning of Home and Teach Us to Want: Longing, Ambition, and the Life of Faith. She lives in Toronto with her family. Michel contributed to a new book I edited titled Our Secular Age: Ten Years of Reading and Applying Charles Taylor. Her chapter is called “Whose Will Be Done? Human Flourishing in the Secular Age.”

Other contributors to this book—the first ever published independently by The Gospel Coalition—include Michael Horton, Carl Trueman, and Mike Cosper. Topics covered range from health care and pop culture to politics and liturgy. Seemingly arcane debates over medieval philosophy take on urgent importance in this new work.

Michel joins me on The Gospel Coalition Podcast to discuss Charles Taylor, secular visions of fullness, abortion as public good, the gospel of self-sacrifice, and more. 

You can listen to this episode here.

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