What Are We Doing Here?

What Are We Doing Here?

New essays on theological, political, and contemporary themes, by the Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson has plumbed the human spirit in her renowned novels, including Lila, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Gilead, winner of the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award. In this new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on New essays on theological, political, and contemporary themes, by the Pulitzer Prize winner Marilynne Robinson has ...

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Title:What Are We Doing Here?
Author:Marilynne Robinson
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ISBN:0374282218
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Number of Pages:336 pages pages

What Are We Doing Here? Reviews

  • Erin
    Mar 18, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

    Summary: A collection of essays based on talks given, mostly at universities, between 2015 and 2017, questioning what she sees as a surrender of thought to ideology. "I know it is conventional to say we Americans are radically divided, polarized. But this is not more true than its o...

    There are two major themes in these essays: religion as it pertains to modern American life and culture, and the Puritans. Many of these essays are about Robinson?s fascination with the early colonial history (and the British history that preceded it), and specifically about the Puri...

    Marilynne Robinson alerts us in the introduction to her collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, that she is ?too old to mince words.? While we can remind her that she also fully partakes of the tendency of the elderly to repeat themselves, we need to concede that some of...

    Short Review: I picked this up because of James KA Smith's review in Comment. That review is excellent. This book I think is less than excellent. I really do love Robinson's writing. She is a great writer and a wide ranging thinker. I love how wide ranging she is. At one point she is t...

    Marilynne Robinson?s writings are something of an acquired taste, and this collection of 15 essays drawn mostly from her recent lectures at various universities and religious institutions is no exception. The essays focus on issues at the forefront of the humanities and interweave he...

    Though she deals with a wide variety of complex intellectual topics, Robinson eschews academic style in favor of a familiar, rich tone which characterizes most of her writing. She writes as a humanist deeply committed to the meaningfulness and freedom of human life rather than as a tec...

    Dear Mrs. Robinson, Age has not made you tiny. Thankfully, A Reader I used the library receipt as a bookmark. By the end I had only a tiny scrap left because so many corners were required to mark something important. She's incredibly quotable and molds English to her uses, her ...

    I want to give this book 5 stars--it is well worth reading, full stop... but it is mainly a series of lectures, and as such it becomes repetitive (I read most of the book in 2 sittings on an airplane). What follows are the major themes that are continually touched on an weaved togethe...

    this is a brilliant book, full of hilarious nerd burns if you know how to look for them robinson is not afraid to call out lazy thinkers and she disdains them with the power of a thousand suns, the most cutting turn of phrase but i didn't finish it because 1) it's extremely dense...

  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Feb 20, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

  • Anne Marie
    Mar 31, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

    Summary: A collection of essays based on talks given, mostly at universities, between 2015 and 2017, questioning what she sees as a surrender of thought to ideology. "I know it is conventional to say we Americans are radically divided, polarized. But this is not more true than its o...

    There are two major themes in these essays: religion as it pertains to modern American life and culture, and the Puritans. Many of these essays are about Robinson?s fascination with the early colonial history (and the British history that preceded it), and specifically about the Puri...

    Marilynne Robinson alerts us in the introduction to her collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, that she is ?too old to mince words.? While we can remind her that she also fully partakes of the tendency of the elderly to repeat themselves, we need to concede that some of...

    Short Review: I picked this up because of James KA Smith's review in Comment. That review is excellent. This book I think is less than excellent. I really do love Robinson's writing. She is a great writer and a wide ranging thinker. I love how wide ranging she is. At one point she is t...

    Marilynne Robinson?s writings are something of an acquired taste, and this collection of 15 essays drawn mostly from her recent lectures at various universities and religious institutions is no exception. The essays focus on issues at the forefront of the humanities and interweave he...

    Though she deals with a wide variety of complex intellectual topics, Robinson eschews academic style in favor of a familiar, rich tone which characterizes most of her writing. She writes as a humanist deeply committed to the meaningfulness and freedom of human life rather than as a tec...

    Dear Mrs. Robinson, Age has not made you tiny. Thankfully, A Reader I used the library receipt as a bookmark. By the end I had only a tiny scrap left because so many corners were required to mark something important. She's incredibly quotable and molds English to her uses, her ...

  • Kathleen
    Feb 14, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

  • Laura
    Mar 13, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

    Summary: A collection of essays based on talks given, mostly at universities, between 2015 and 2017, questioning what she sees as a surrender of thought to ideology. "I know it is conventional to say we Americans are radically divided, polarized. But this is not more true than its o...

    There are two major themes in these essays: religion as it pertains to modern American life and culture, and the Puritans. Many of these essays are about Robinson?s fascination with the early colonial history (and the British history that preceded it), and specifically about the Puri...

  • Adam Shields
    Mar 07, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

    Summary: A collection of essays based on talks given, mostly at universities, between 2015 and 2017, questioning what she sees as a surrender of thought to ideology. "I know it is conventional to say we Americans are radically divided, polarized. But this is not more true than its o...

    There are two major themes in these essays: religion as it pertains to modern American life and culture, and the Puritans. Many of these essays are about Robinson?s fascination with the early colonial history (and the British history that preceded it), and specifically about the Puri...

    Marilynne Robinson alerts us in the introduction to her collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, that she is ?too old to mince words.? While we can remind her that she also fully partakes of the tendency of the elderly to repeat themselves, we need to concede that some of...

    Short Review: I picked this up because of James KA Smith's review in Comment. That review is excellent. This book I think is less than excellent. I really do love Robinson's writing. She is a great writer and a wide ranging thinker. I love how wide ranging she is. At one point she is t...

  • Northpapers
    Apr 14, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

  • Theresa
    Mar 16, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

    Summary: A collection of essays based on talks given, mostly at universities, between 2015 and 2017, questioning what she sees as a surrender of thought to ideology. "I know it is conventional to say we Americans are radically divided, polarized. But this is not more true than its o...

    There are two major themes in these essays: religion as it pertains to modern American life and culture, and the Puritans. Many of these essays are about Robinson?s fascination with the early colonial history (and the British history that preceded it), and specifically about the Puri...

    Marilynne Robinson alerts us in the introduction to her collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, that she is ?too old to mince words.? While we can remind her that she also fully partakes of the tendency of the elderly to repeat themselves, we need to concede that some of...

    Short Review: I picked this up because of James KA Smith's review in Comment. That review is excellent. This book I think is less than excellent. I really do love Robinson's writing. She is a great writer and a wide ranging thinker. I love how wide ranging she is. At one point she is t...

    Marilynne Robinson?s writings are something of an acquired taste, and this collection of 15 essays drawn mostly from her recent lectures at various universities and religious institutions is no exception. The essays focus on issues at the forefront of the humanities and interweave he...

    Though she deals with a wide variety of complex intellectual topics, Robinson eschews academic style in favor of a familiar, rich tone which characterizes most of her writing. She writes as a humanist deeply committed to the meaningfulness and freedom of human life rather than as a tec...

    Dear Mrs. Robinson, Age has not made you tiny. Thankfully, A Reader I used the library receipt as a bookmark. By the end I had only a tiny scrap left because so many corners were required to mark something important. She's incredibly quotable and molds English to her uses, her ...

    I want to give this book 5 stars--it is well worth reading, full stop... but it is mainly a series of lectures, and as such it becomes repetitive (I read most of the book in 2 sittings on an airplane). What follows are the major themes that are continually touched on an weaved togethe...

    this is a brilliant book, full of hilarious nerd burns if you know how to look for them robinson is not afraid to call out lazy thinkers and she disdains them with the power of a thousand suns, the most cutting turn of phrase but i didn't finish it because 1) it's extremely dense...

    Once again, I relished reading Marilynne Robinson. Bracing as she is, her prose is so precise, beautiful, and surprising that just reading it is reward in itself. And I like being introduced to ideas that expand my understanding of America, who we are, and who we can aspire to be. She ...

  • Krista
    Mar 22, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

  • Mark Jr.
    Mar 27, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

  • Tashfin Awal
    Dec 12, 2017

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

  • Bob
    Apr 04, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

    Summary: A collection of essays based on talks given, mostly at universities, between 2015 and 2017, questioning what she sees as a surrender of thought to ideology. "I know it is conventional to say we Americans are radically divided, polarized. But this is not more true than its o...

  • Tiffany
    Mar 07, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

  • Jonathan Berry
    Mar 14, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

  • Clayton
    Mar 15, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

  • Ted Morgan
    Apr 21, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

  • Austin Hoffman
    Apr 23, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

    Summary: A collection of essays based on talks given, mostly at universities, between 2015 and 2017, questioning what she sees as a surrender of thought to ideology. "I know it is conventional to say we Americans are radically divided, polarized. But this is not more true than its o...

    There are two major themes in these essays: religion as it pertains to modern American life and culture, and the Puritans. Many of these essays are about Robinson?s fascination with the early colonial history (and the British history that preceded it), and specifically about the Puri...

    Marilynne Robinson alerts us in the introduction to her collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, that she is ?too old to mince words.? While we can remind her that she also fully partakes of the tendency of the elderly to repeat themselves, we need to concede that some of...

    Short Review: I picked this up because of James KA Smith's review in Comment. That review is excellent. This book I think is less than excellent. I really do love Robinson's writing. She is a great writer and a wide ranging thinker. I love how wide ranging she is. At one point she is t...

    Marilynne Robinson?s writings are something of an acquired taste, and this collection of 15 essays drawn mostly from her recent lectures at various universities and religious institutions is no exception. The essays focus on issues at the forefront of the humanities and interweave he...

    Though she deals with a wide variety of complex intellectual topics, Robinson eschews academic style in favor of a familiar, rich tone which characterizes most of her writing. She writes as a humanist deeply committed to the meaningfulness and freedom of human life rather than as a tec...

    Dear Mrs. Robinson, Age has not made you tiny. Thankfully, A Reader I used the library receipt as a bookmark. By the end I had only a tiny scrap left because so many corners were required to mark something important. She's incredibly quotable and molds English to her uses, her ...

    I want to give this book 5 stars--it is well worth reading, full stop... but it is mainly a series of lectures, and as such it becomes repetitive (I read most of the book in 2 sittings on an airplane). What follows are the major themes that are continually touched on an weaved togethe...

    this is a brilliant book, full of hilarious nerd burns if you know how to look for them robinson is not afraid to call out lazy thinkers and she disdains them with the power of a thousand suns, the most cutting turn of phrase but i didn't finish it because 1) it's extremely dense...

    Once again, I relished reading Marilynne Robinson. Bracing as she is, her prose is so precise, beautiful, and surprising that just reading it is reward in itself. And I like being introduced to ideas that expand my understanding of America, who we are, and who we can aspire to be. She ...

    Parts of the book were a 5; parts were a 1. From a Calvinist to a Calvinist, I wish she would read more Calvin and embrace more fully the formal principle of the reformation. She is at her best when digging into history and correcting oft-repeated but ne?r-researched caricatures;...

  • David Curry
    Apr 24, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

    Summary: A collection of essays based on talks given, mostly at universities, between 2015 and 2017, questioning what she sees as a surrender of thought to ideology. "I know it is conventional to say we Americans are radically divided, polarized. But this is not more true than its o...

    There are two major themes in these essays: religion as it pertains to modern American life and culture, and the Puritans. Many of these essays are about Robinson?s fascination with the early colonial history (and the British history that preceded it), and specifically about the Puri...

    Marilynne Robinson alerts us in the introduction to her collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, that she is ?too old to mince words.? While we can remind her that she also fully partakes of the tendency of the elderly to repeat themselves, we need to concede that some of...

  • Tanja
    Jan 29, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

    Summary: A collection of essays based on talks given, mostly at universities, between 2015 and 2017, questioning what she sees as a surrender of thought to ideology. "I know it is conventional to say we Americans are radically divided, polarized. But this is not more true than its o...

    There are two major themes in these essays: religion as it pertains to modern American life and culture, and the Puritans. Many of these essays are about Robinson?s fascination with the early colonial history (and the British history that preceded it), and specifically about the Puri...

    Marilynne Robinson alerts us in the introduction to her collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, that she is ?too old to mince words.? While we can remind her that she also fully partakes of the tendency of the elderly to repeat themselves, we need to concede that some of...

    Short Review: I picked this up because of James KA Smith's review in Comment. That review is excellent. This book I think is less than excellent. I really do love Robinson's writing. She is a great writer and a wide ranging thinker. I love how wide ranging she is. At one point she is t...

    Marilynne Robinson?s writings are something of an acquired taste, and this collection of 15 essays drawn mostly from her recent lectures at various universities and religious institutions is no exception. The essays focus on issues at the forefront of the humanities and interweave he...

    Though she deals with a wide variety of complex intellectual topics, Robinson eschews academic style in favor of a familiar, rich tone which characterizes most of her writing. She writes as a humanist deeply committed to the meaningfulness and freedom of human life rather than as a tec...

    Dear Mrs. Robinson, Age has not made you tiny. Thankfully, A Reader I used the library receipt as a bookmark. By the end I had only a tiny scrap left because so many corners were required to mark something important. She's incredibly quotable and molds English to her uses, her ...

    I want to give this book 5 stars--it is well worth reading, full stop... but it is mainly a series of lectures, and as such it becomes repetitive (I read most of the book in 2 sittings on an airplane). What follows are the major themes that are continually touched on an weaved togethe...

    this is a brilliant book, full of hilarious nerd burns if you know how to look for them robinson is not afraid to call out lazy thinkers and she disdains them with the power of a thousand suns, the most cutting turn of phrase but i didn't finish it because 1) it's extremely dense...

    Once again, I relished reading Marilynne Robinson. Bracing as she is, her prose is so precise, beautiful, and surprising that just reading it is reward in itself. And I like being introduced to ideas that expand my understanding of America, who we are, and who we can aspire to be. She ...

    Parts of the book were a 5; parts were a 1. From a Calvinist to a Calvinist, I wish she would read more Calvin and embrace more fully the formal principle of the reformation. She is at her best when digging into history and correcting oft-repeated but ne?r-researched caricatures;...

    Please note that I received this book through a Goodreads giveaway (thank you)! The author's drive is clearly emulated and her words are full of passion, but it just was not the book for me. The problem was that her book was very philosophical and although it was written well, the a...

  • Haley
    May 13, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

  • Mary B.
    Mar 03, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

    Summary: A collection of essays based on talks given, mostly at universities, between 2015 and 2017, questioning what she sees as a surrender of thought to ideology. "I know it is conventional to say we Americans are radically divided, polarized. But this is not more true than its o...

    There are two major themes in these essays: religion as it pertains to modern American life and culture, and the Puritans. Many of these essays are about Robinson?s fascination with the early colonial history (and the British history that preceded it), and specifically about the Puri...

    Marilynne Robinson alerts us in the introduction to her collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, that she is ?too old to mince words.? While we can remind her that she also fully partakes of the tendency of the elderly to repeat themselves, we need to concede that some of...

    Short Review: I picked this up because of James KA Smith's review in Comment. That review is excellent. This book I think is less than excellent. I really do love Robinson's writing. She is a great writer and a wide ranging thinker. I love how wide ranging she is. At one point she is t...

    Marilynne Robinson?s writings are something of an acquired taste, and this collection of 15 essays drawn mostly from her recent lectures at various universities and religious institutions is no exception. The essays focus on issues at the forefront of the humanities and interweave he...

  • Sharon Gallup
    Feb 04, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

  • Chris Halverson
    Apr 07, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

    Summary: A collection of essays based on talks given, mostly at universities, between 2015 and 2017, questioning what she sees as a surrender of thought to ideology. "I know it is conventional to say we Americans are radically divided, polarized. But this is not more true than its o...

    There are two major themes in these essays: religion as it pertains to modern American life and culture, and the Puritans. Many of these essays are about Robinson?s fascination with the early colonial history (and the British history that preceded it), and specifically about the Puri...

    Marilynne Robinson alerts us in the introduction to her collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, that she is ?too old to mince words.? While we can remind her that she also fully partakes of the tendency of the elderly to repeat themselves, we need to concede that some of...

    Short Review: I picked this up because of James KA Smith's review in Comment. That review is excellent. This book I think is less than excellent. I really do love Robinson's writing. She is a great writer and a wide ranging thinker. I love how wide ranging she is. At one point she is t...

    Marilynne Robinson?s writings are something of an acquired taste, and this collection of 15 essays drawn mostly from her recent lectures at various universities and religious institutions is no exception. The essays focus on issues at the forefront of the humanities and interweave he...

    Though she deals with a wide variety of complex intellectual topics, Robinson eschews academic style in favor of a familiar, rich tone which characterizes most of her writing. She writes as a humanist deeply committed to the meaningfulness and freedom of human life rather than as a tec...

    Dear Mrs. Robinson, Age has not made you tiny. Thankfully, A Reader I used the library receipt as a bookmark. By the end I had only a tiny scrap left because so many corners were required to mark something important. She's incredibly quotable and molds English to her uses, her ...

    I want to give this book 5 stars--it is well worth reading, full stop... but it is mainly a series of lectures, and as such it becomes repetitive (I read most of the book in 2 sittings on an airplane). What follows are the major themes that are continually touched on an weaved togethe...

  • Nathaniel Perrin
    Mar 22, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

    An uneven collection, with too many discussions of the same narrow range of topics--mostly Puritanism, Protestant theology, the decline of the humanities, and "Darwinism," which Robinson continues to deploy in her shifting, own idiosyncratic way that bears little relation to the life a...

    Summary: A collection of essays based on talks given, mostly at universities, between 2015 and 2017, questioning what she sees as a surrender of thought to ideology. "I know it is conventional to say we Americans are radically divided, polarized. But this is not more true than its o...

    There are two major themes in these essays: religion as it pertains to modern American life and culture, and the Puritans. Many of these essays are about Robinson?s fascination with the early colonial history (and the British history that preceded it), and specifically about the Puri...

    Marilynne Robinson alerts us in the introduction to her collection of essays, What Are We Doing Here?, that she is ?too old to mince words.? While we can remind her that she also fully partakes of the tendency of the elderly to repeat themselves, we need to concede that some of...

    Short Review: I picked this up because of James KA Smith's review in Comment. That review is excellent. This book I think is less than excellent. I really do love Robinson's writing. She is a great writer and a wide ranging thinker. I love how wide ranging she is. At one point she is t...

    Marilynne Robinson?s writings are something of an acquired taste, and this collection of 15 essays drawn mostly from her recent lectures at various universities and religious institutions is no exception. The essays focus on issues at the forefront of the humanities and interweave he...

    Though she deals with a wide variety of complex intellectual topics, Robinson eschews academic style in favor of a familiar, rich tone which characterizes most of her writing. She writes as a humanist deeply committed to the meaningfulness and freedom of human life rather than as a tec...

  • Chris devine
    Jan 20, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

  • Micah
    Apr 04, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

  • Michael Gonzales
    Mar 06, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

  • James
    Apr 07, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

  • Marina
    Feb 09, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...

    These challenging essays ranging from meditations on Faith, Hope, and Love, to a reexamination of the Puritanism and Calvinism also offer hope to those ruefully wondering why they chose to throw themselves into the humanities. I couldn't always keep up with Marilynne's sharp mind, and ...

    What are we doing here? Wasting my time. This book is so dry and annoying, it's somehow both religious and anti religious at the same time, and I can pretty much sum the whole book up with don't be a dick. It seems like she's trying to fix the world, specifically the US, and if everyon...

    This was one of my free giveaways win. it took me a bit of time to read this as yes it isn't a story it is essays written by Marilynne Robinson. If you are a christen who believes in the bible this is a really informative of why we are here and how the past and future follows the teach...

    This is a good book, I gave it 3 stars because I couldn't finish it. If I had started it at any other time other then the middle of a busy semester I would have been able to finish it and love it. So for right now it hasn't been finished, however, I will come back to it when I able to ...

  • Marks54
    Apr 12, 2018

    This is not a lightweight read, as Robinson is an academic first, one who happens to write novels. Most of these essays are speeches Robinson gave at universities between 2015 and 2017, on themes of religion, politics, holiness, humanism, etc. She was clearly on a John Edwards, Calvini...

    My review for the Chicago Tribune: http://www.chicagotribune.com/lifesty... What does a set of theological essays ? essays that aim plainly to consider the nature of God and religious belief in the context of both politics and individual consciousness ? have to offer an incr...

    These essays, as academic rather than literary artifacts, are so much stronger than the pseudo-philosophy that so many writers attempt. In many of these essays, Robinson engages seriously with the debate between science and religion, and has much to offer on the nature of human conscio...

    Is it common to repent while reading a book of essays? Blessedly, the scriptural tradition I hold sacred declares now to be the day of salvation, so I proceed. "Slander," the final essay in the volume, is of the most powerful and terrifying sermons I've ever encountered. You come too. ...

    It is no accident that Marxism and social Darwinism arose together, two tellers of one tale. It is not surprising that they have disgraced themselves in similar ways. Their survival more than one hundred and fifty years on is probably owed to the symmetry of their supposed opposition....

    My favorite (self-described) biblicist, Calvinist, Edwards-and-Puritan-reputations-rehabilitating, America-and-humanities-and-Western-tradition-defending, mainline Protestant, United Church of Christ liberal. Robinson is like no other writer I know. I've never seen a more wickedly i...

    We have invented common ground so that we can fight on it. This ground is a place that is safe from conceptions of mind and spirit and a significant amount of nuance in our history. It has been hammered flat. But our terms come at the immeasurable cost of all that is immeasurable. I...

    I received this book for free through Goodreads Giveaways and have chosen to give my honest opinion about it. This book was actually such an interesting read! It's always refreshing to see such an inquisitive angle to things we often take for granted, and to challenge our perceptions ...

    For some reason, I don't quite grasp her essays but I love their depth. Ms. Robinson is a subtle writer who suggests more than states (I think) and is remarkable as a highly theologically literate thinker and author. I keep going back to her works for refreshment. ...

    What Are We Doing Here? has been my first foray into Marilynne Robinson's non-fiction essays, and it was like drinking from a fire hose! There is so much density of thought, so much artistry of language, that I am certain I could read it a number of times and still see different and co...

    Marilynne Robinson is one of the most thoughtful writers of our time, capable of finding and savoring beauty in humanity, despite the millions of ways we pile insult and injury upon each other. In this newest collection of essays, talks, and addresses, she engages questions and concern...

    I just LOVE Marilynne Robinson. This is to say that my review is surely biased. I?ll be brief. If you?re bored by those subjects to which Robinson *religiously* gravitates?Puritanism, critiques of positivism, Western history, theology, etc.?then yeah, you might find this bo...

    I had never read anything by Marilynne Robinson before I read this new book of essays by her. Having done so, I must acknowledge that I now need to read more books by this author, probably starting with her novel, Gilead. This is a marvelous book of essays on humanism, religion, metaph...