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Malcolm Muggeridge & Augustine of Hippo: one “wrestling prophet” appreciates another


That wonderful 20th-century curmudgeon-convert, the British journalist Malcolm Muggeridge, first came to faith after meeting the larger-than-life Mother Teresa. It didn’t take long before Mugg began writing about many other saints, past and present. In this e-newsletter written while I was at  Christianity Today, I excavate some of his observations on that towering figure of Western theology, Augustine of Hippo (I’ll also post on Mugg on Kierkegaard, in a moment). Don’t bother clicking the links, though. They’re almost all out of date:

“St. Mugg” and the Wrestling Prophets
A modern British journalist gives us timely words from yesterday’s sinner-saints.
Chris Armstrong

Lurking in the shadows of the headlines we examine in our “Behind the News” newsletter is a common and spiritually deadly virus—something we might call “photonegative syndrome.” It is best described in the words of author and professor David Wells:

“Worldliness is what any particular culture does to make sin look normal and righteousness look strange.” Continue reading