• Jack

    Another excellent column, Rabbi Salkin.

    I recall David Brooks being the features editor at the Wall Street Journal and later was featured in a Sunday NY Times Mag piece on upcoming conservatives. He was on the cover with Laura Ingraham and a number of others.

    Rabbi, I would encourage you to do what Brooks has done and read CS Lewis. He is far from the only non-Christian to enjoy Lewis’ writings. Don Feder, a conservative Jewish columnist, once mentioned Lewis as one of many proofs that religion and the life of the mind are not opposed.

    I’m glad you read Niebuhr…..Interesting you mentioned William Sloan Coffin. After reading Niebuhr’s The Nature and Destiny of Man, I met with Coffin to talk about spiritual matters. Coffin scoffed at Niebuhr as being irrelevant for our time. I remember thinking to myself that the opposite was the case. He remains very relevant.

  • Susan

    The first thing I thought when I heard an interview with David Brooks was that I wish he had discovered the Mussar movement. It actually provides a method to improve people’s character. I live in Philadelphia so I am also aware of Ira F. Stone’s book, A Responsible Life.

  • Pingback: Daily Reyd - Torah Musings()

  • Jack

    I hope that Brooks gets around to reading both Rabbi Heschel and Reinhold Niebuhr, if he hasn’t done so already.

  • Jeff-in most things you are my Rebbe, but in this I disagree. The only thing Brooks should be doing with his life is going to every family touched by the Iraq war and begging their forgiveness for his unconscionable support of the corrupt men who led us into that war.

  • James Kumatsu

    When he was totally observant he supported and led the cheers for Bush’s wars. Maybe becoming a Christian will be an improvement for him personally. Good riddance.

  • dxpiper

    Please, Mr Brooks long ago vacated any position of influence or moral authority with his ham-fisted boy love for all things Bush-Cheney

  • I am fascinated the Mr Brooks has been working on a project like this and think it is interesting to see anyone of faith who is sincerly on a spritual journey. Why don’t we in this space focus on the content of the Road to Character and its substance and not the messenger. To me religion is about the underlying ideas and substance, not the fluff of the flawed messengers that carry them to flawed recievers in a flawed world. I commend Rabbi Salkin for engaging with the substance and an interesting question brought up by the book. I would gently encourage the several posters below to move on from the Bush years etc.

  • Matoh Wakan

    This brings up the vexing question of whether by supporting one war you tacitly (at the very least) support all wars.

  • samujohn@bellsouth.net

    David Brooks’ continuous journey of examination and discovery is a commendable contrast to the “our group has all the answers” crowd.
    Questions worth asking, generation after generation, have no answers. There are only insights and pieces of the puzzle. Gods, religions, and civilizations come and go but “who am I, and what should I do with my life” remain.

  • Hubert Fitts

    I hope that your “gently encourage” works as the messenger attack is always the easy out of having to engage in the serious thought about character and how to improve. Continue the journey, Mr Brooks and share with us your continuing insights.

  • lawrence

    To some men of wisdom, “Who am I” is the question that one should seek to answer. All else follows.

  • Timx

    Presumably that would rule out your supporting Hillary Clinton.