What are We Doing Here?
Robinson (Marilynne)
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  1. In our era of rampant political and cultural pessimism, we run the risk of becoming bogged down in disillusionment and of losing sight of ways out of the mire. In What Are We Doing Here?, the incomparable Marilynne Robinson offers us balm: impelling us to action, but offering us hope.
  2. Robinson’s novels, including the National Book Critics Circle Award-winning Lila, the Orange Prize-winning Home and the Pulitzer Prize-winning Gilead, celebrate the human spirit. In her new essay collection she trains her incisive mind on our modern political climate and the mysteries of faith. Whether she is investigating how the work of great thinkers about America like Emerson and Tocqueville inform our political consciousness or discussing the way that beauty informs and disciplines daily life, Robinson's peerless prose and boundless humanity are on full display.
  3. What Are We Doing Here? is a call to continue the tradition of the great thinkers and to remake political and cultural life as ‘deeply impressed by obligation [and as] a great theatre of heroic generosity.’

    Preface – ix
  1. What is Freedom of Conscience? – 3
  2. What Are We Doing Here? – 17
  3. Theology for This Moment – 35
  4. The Sacred, the Human – 51
  5. The Divine – 69
  6. The American Scholar Now – 81
  7. Grace and Beauty – 101
  8. A Proof, a Test, an Instruction – 115
  9. The Beautiful Changes – 127
  10. Our Public Conversation: How America Talks About Itself – 135
  11. Mind, Conscience, Soul – 183
  12. Considering the Theological Virtues: Faith, Hope, and Love – 205
  13. Integrity and the Modern Intellectual Tradition – 255
  14. Old Souls, New World – 273
  15. Slander – 297
    Acknowledgements – 317

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