Whatever happened to the Christian intellectual? Progressive faith in a secular age
When Jay Parini visited W. H. Auden in his Oxford cottage in 1971, the great poet bestowed upon him his two most valuable pieces of wisdom. The first was that there is no such thing as time. The second, to rest in God. Half a century later, writing in Salon, Parini reflects on how the passage of time has rendered Christian intellectuals such as Auden himself a rare breed.