As readers of PD will recall, our associate publisher, Jeremy Beer has just published a book on 'philanthrolocalism,' which mixes charity with reality.
"As I sat on the subway car reading Jeremy Beer’s new book The Philanthropic Revolution: An Alternative History of American Charity, a homeless man entered the car and began to sing, literally, for his supper. That is the sort of juxtaposition that puts things into perspective.
"Jeremy Beer, publisher of The American Conservative, has written a short book on a profound topic: the transformation of the ancient Judeo-Christian tradition of charity into the modern American practice of philanthropy. He approaches by way of theology: 'Both [charity and philanthropy] are associated with theological presuppositions,' he writes, 'not only in the most fundamental sense that there is no escaping such presuppositions, but also in the historical sense that philanthropy arises out of a reimagining of Christian eschatology and the proper role of Christianity in society.'--Ian Tuttle, First Things