Steve SAWYER


Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (2 Cor. 3:17).

...you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free (John 8:32).

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery (Gal. 5:1).

Live as free men, but do not use your freedom as a cloak for vice (1 Peter 2:16).

He who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, ...this one will be blessed in what he does (James 1:25).




My Work

Book Reviews

Books reviewed at Amazon (limited to 1,000 words):

  • This Rebellious House, Steven Keillor, 1996 (12 Apr 2000)
  • For Common Things, Jedediah Purdy, 1999 (29 Jun 2000)
  • Escape From Reason, Francis Schaeffer, 1968 (28 Sep 2000)
  • The Origins of English Individualism, Alan Macfarlane, 1978 (26 Apr 2001)
  • Time For Truth, Os Guinness, 2000 (8 May 2001)
  • The Gods Themselves, Isaac Asimov, 1972 (5 Sep 2001)
  • A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, Jr., 1959 (23 Oct 2001)
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain, 1889 (30 Oct 2001)
  • The Space Merchants, Frederik Pohl/C. M. Kornbluth, 1952 (28 Nov 2001)
  • Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett, 1989 (7 May 2002)
  • The Smell of Sawdust, Richard J. Mouw, 2000 (20 Feb 2003)
  • The Atheist Syndrome, John P. Koster Jr., 1989 (29 Jan 2007)
  • 7 Men Who Rule the World from the Grave, Dave Breese, 1990 (29 Jan 2007)

    Other book reviews (including full reviews of above):

  • The Beginnings of Western Science, David C. Lindberg, 1992
  • BOBOs in Paradise, David Brooks, 2000
  • Book Business, Jason Epstein, 2001
  • The Broken Covenant, Robert N. Bellah, 1975

  • A Canticle for Leibowitz, Walter M. Miller, 1959
  • Charismatic Chaos, John F. MacArthur, Jr., 1978/92
  • Classic, Romantic, and Modern, Jacques Barzun, 1961
  • The Commanding Heights, Daniel Yergin/Joseph Stanislaw, 2002
  • A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court, Mark Twain, 1889
  • For Common Things, Jedediah Purdy, 1999
  • The Conservative Intellectual Movement in America Since 1945, George H. Nash, 1996

  • Dancing in the Dark, Quentin J. Schultze et al, 1991
  • The Death of the West, Patrick J. Buchanan, 2002
  • The Discovery of King Arthur, Geoffrey Ashe, 1985

  • The Emergence of Liberty in the Modern World, Douglas F. Kelly, 1992
  • Empire, Niall Ferguson, 2002
  • The Essenes and Christianity, Duncan Howlett, 1957
  • Exodus, Dave Shiflett, 2005

  • The Four Hundred Silent Years, H. A. Ironside, 1914
  • The Four Major Cults, Anthony A. Hoekema, 1963
  • "Fundamentalism" and the Word of God, J. I. Packer, 1958
  • The Future of Freedom, Fareed Zakaria, 2003

  • God of the Possible, Gregory A. Boyd, 2000

  • How Now Shall We Live, Charles Colson (and Nancy Pearcey), 1999

  • An Introduction to Mennonite History, ed. Cornelius J. Dyck, 1981
  • Israel: The Blessing or the Curse, John McTernan and Bill Koenig, 2002

  • Knowing God, J. I. Packer, 1973/93

  • The Last Ember, Daniel Levin, 2009
  • The Law, Frederic Bastiat, 1850
  • The Libertarian Theology of Freedom, Rev. Edmund A. Opitz, 1999
  • The Lost World of Thomas Jefferson, Daniel J. Boorstin, 1948/93

  • A Most Dangerous Book, Christopher Krebs, 2011

  • 100 Decisive Battles, Paul K. Davis, 1999

  • Of Paradise and Power, Robert Kagan, 2003
  • Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett, 1989
  • The Political Ideas of the English Romanticists, Crane Brinton, 1926

  • Riddley Walker, Russell Hoban, 1980

  • Sargon the Magnificent, Mrs. Sydney G. Bristowe, 1971
  • The Seven Daughters of Eve, Bryan Sykes, 2001
  • Slander, Ann Coulter, 2002
  • The Smell of Sawdust, Richard J. Mouw, 2000
  • The Space Merchants, Frederik Pohl/C. M. Kornbluth, 1952
  • The Strange Death of Liberal England 1910-1914, George Dangerfield, 1935

  • The Theme is Freedom, M. Stanton Evans, 1994
  • This Rebellious House, Steven J. Keillor, 1996
  • Time For Truth, Os Guinness, 2000

  • An Uncertain Legacy, ed. Edward B. McLean, 1997
  • Understanding Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism, George M. Marsden, 1991
  • Useful Idiots, Mona Charen, 2003

  • Warlords, Tim Newark, 1996

    Dialog

  • Jan 2004
  • Nov 2004

    Letters to the Editor

    A recent letter I submitted to Books and Culture magazine which was published at their website (see also below 'on good works, wrong thinking' [lte-bc1]).

    Several of my letters to the editors of various magazines have been posted to Doug Newman's excellent Christian libertarian website under the the heading The Sawyer Files (lte-lib1, lte-lib3).

    Other Letters to Editors:

  • National Review (3 Apr 2017) on Nationalism, Ann Arbor and Newspaper Names
  • World magazine (6 Oct 2008) on TR, WW and FDR or 'rub a dub dub, 3 men in a tub'
  • World magazine (15 Sep 2008) on Christianity and classical liberalism
  • First Things (28 Dec 2006) on Public Christianity and Liberalism
  • First Things (4 Dec 2006) on Catholic-led Christian Unity
  • FHT (my local newspaper, 29 Sep 2006) on a good book recommendation
  • Christianity Today (27 Mar 2006) on non-Tare-ying, non-libertine libertarian Christians
  • Christianity Today (22 Aug 2005) on RO
  • Liberty (23 Jun 2005) on America the Secular?
  • The American Enterprise (20 May 2005) on Secular Liberty?
  • Books and Culture (18 Apr 2005) on scandal and Ron Sider
  • Christianity Today (22 Feb 2005) on advice to Chuck Colson
  • Newsweek (22 Feb 2005) on anti-Bush bias
  • Business Week (30 Dec 2004) on GOP deficit hawks
  • Christianity Today (27 Dec 2004) on secular religion
  • First Things (27 Dec 2004) on bypassing the Supreme Court for "Under God"
  • Christianity Today (29 Mar 2004) on Evangelical Drift
  • Christianity Today (8 Jan 2004) on scholarship and leftism
  • National Review (10 Oct 2003) on Neoconservatism
  • First Things (17 Aug 2003) on ordaining women
  • Books and Culture (26 Feb 2003) on The Tao Made Flesh
  • National Review (10 Dec 2002) on postmodernism
  • Liberty (3 Sep 2002) on an atheist, marxist Liberty?
  • Liberty (24 Aug 2002) on the Pagan Pretense
  • National Review (23 May 2002) on Two Wings
  • Liberty (24 Apr 2002) on The Devil in Ms. Yates
  • National Review (21 Mar 2002) on certainty
  • Harper's (28 Dec 2001) on faith and pragmatism
  • The American Scholar (30 Oct 2001) on faith and intellectuals
  • First Things (23 Oct 2001) on drug legalization, govt legitimacy and natural rights
  • Liberty (5 Oct 2001) on evolution: science or belief?
  • LPNews (7 Oct 2001) on Schoolyard Bullies
  • Books and Culture (2 May 2001) on good works, wrong thinking
  • Books and Culture (1 Mar 2001) on libertarian Christians, and vice versa
  • Liberty (20 Feb 2001) on conservatism and free markets
  • Liberty (17 Jan 2001) on the Cult at the heart of Culture
  • Liberty (15 Jun 2000) response to Mike Ross letter
  • Christianity Today (12 Jun 2000) on social breakdown and its causes (Robert Wuthnow review)
  • Christianity Today (12 Jun 2000) on church and state (Stephen Carter article)
  • Liberty (7 Apr 2000) on the synergy of Christianity and liberty
  • Christianity Today (20 Mar 2000) on Christianity and libertarianism
  • Christianity Today (20 Mar 2000) on the Culture War

    Articles

  • The Author of Liberty (submitted to Liberty July 2000)

    Original Fiction

    Breakdown, Steven P. Sawyer, 2000

    Here are some great thought-provoking quotes from others.

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