Don Quixote and Christian Adoption

No, I’m not trying to make a direct connection between the two, but I did want to share these links on the subjects.

Statues of Don Quixote and Sancho Panza in Madrid

If you have never read Don Quixote, you should make plans to do so soon. It’s not only a book that provides all sorts of insights into the human condition and social relationships, but it’s also funny. One of the scholars most responsible for placing that humor at the center of our understanding of the novel, Anthony Close, has recently passed away.

One reason for the growth of the early church was its taking in the outcast children of Roman society, in which infanticide was a common practice. The growing popularity of adoption among contemporary evangelicals is derived from a sound impulse, despite occasional weird and inappropriate manifestations of it, as when one group tried to abscond from Haiti with some alleged orphans. Here is a decent article on evangelical adoption from the Wall Street Journal.

Finally, if you’re a music lover, you will enjoy this review of Johann Strauss’s iconic waltz “The Blue Danube.” Read the essay, listen to the piece again, and see if you notice anything fresh!

About Dr. J

I am Professor of Humanities at Faulkner University, where I chair the Department of Humanities and direct online M.A. and Ph.D. programs based on the Great Books of Western Civilization. I am also Associate Editor of the Journal of Faith and the Academy and a member of the faculty at Liberty Classroom.
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