Columbia Journalism Review is running a great piece of long-form journalism by Danny Funt, a "Delacorte Fellow" at Columbia Journalism School. The topic is David Brooks.
Funt portrays Brooks as a New York Times columnist searching for spiritual and moral answers to life's big questions.
Here is a taste of his piece "The Transformation of David Brooks":
Brooks's search for meaning reminds me a lot of Eric Miller's portrayal of Christopher Lasch in Hope in a Scattering Time. Both men had intellectual conversions.
Lasch became disgusted with liberalism and the idea of "progress" that defines modern life. In order to find purpose in his life he turned toward historically conservative values such as place, limits, family, community, virtue, and something akin to sin. Lasch may have been close to embracing Christianity, but, as Miller argues, he never quite got there.
Brooks's intellectual conversion seems similar. He has been speaking at a lot of Christian colleges lately. He hangs out with Tim Keller at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City. He is trying to make connections between his conservative ideals and the teachings of orthodox Christianity.
Is a conversion experience in Brooks's future? Has it happened already? Read Funt's piece and decide for yourself.