Festival of Faith & Writing 2012

By John Wilson

Calvin College’s every-other-year Festival of Faith & Writing—the 2012 edition began last Thursday and ended Saturday night—is a carnival of disparate voices, a time out of time from which one returns to everyday routines, re-charged. A conference that features, on its first day, a plenary address by Jonathan Safran Foer and concludes with a plenary address by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a model of the ungraspable multifaceted Real we inhabit. Like all models, it is highly selective, stylized. (Lots of voices, we can be grateful—hectoring, insidious, terminally narcissistic—simply are not represented here.) But even so, this tiny simulacrum mimics the effects of the whole.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for BreakPoint.org. He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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