Why do we have fewer Christian (taken broadly) thinkers and writers influencing the public square? The answer to this question is being debates in a series of articles at Image. The essays are by Morgan Meis; the responses by Gregory Wolfe can be found in the comments. Here are links to the essays.

The New Critics and the Barbarians

T. S. Eliot, Agent of His Own Demise

The Debate About Beauty

This exchange is well worth following. It is also a good illustration of how friends may disagree in public.