A review of The Kingdom of Speech by Tom Wolfe. Audiobook read by Robert Petkoff, 2016.
This little book by the novelist and contemporary commentator on modern culture Tom Wolfe is worth the attention of anyone interested in the enigma of language. An enigma it is, more especially if one does not understand language as God ordained, of whom Wolfe would be an example.
So if Wolfe does not connect language to the Creator, but rather sees it as an artifact, an invention of man, what use is this book to the Christian reader? My answer is in two halves. In the first instance Kingdom of Speech is a good book because Wolfe puts his finger firmly (and repeatedly) on the problem of incorporating the realities of speech within the confines of evolutionary grand narratives, whether Darwinian or neo-Darwinian it makes no difference, since he shoes how all its champions…
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