Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs

About Alan Jacobs

Alan Jacobs is a Distinguished Professor of the Humanities in the Honors Program at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, and the author most recently of The Book of Common Prayer: A Biography.

The Inspector Morse Mysteries and a Lost Eden

By |2019-01-10T13:57:31-05:00January 5th, 2017|Categories: Christianity, Justice, Mystery, Oxford University, Television|

In the murder mystery, the portrayal of an apparent Eden is broken by the intrusion of crime, and the specific crime of murder, so that by the intervention of clever and wise persons the social world can be healed and order restored… There’s a wonderful moment in one of the old Inspector Morse shows—the [...]

Agreeing to Disagree

By |2015-09-12T19:09:29-05:00August 22nd, 2015|Categories: Culture, Featured|

In an excellent recent article,* Mollie Hemingway wrote, “We are slowly forgetting how to dislike something without seeking its utter destruction.” I would only replace “slowly” with “quickly”—very quickly. This makes me think about disagreement: what it is, what it means, what it is for. So let’s explore. Many years ago, the philosopher Michael Oakeshott [...]