Mailbox Review: Chivalry (2.5/5)

Chivalry: The Quest for a Personal Code of Honor in an Unjust World
Zach Hunter (Tyndale, 2013)

Rating: 2.5/5

Zach Hunter’s book, Chivalry, is not, in fact, an attempt to recover classical chivalric ideals and apply them to contemporary life, but his project is nevertheless an admirable and well-meaning one. Using the language of older chivalric codes to stand for more general moral principles, Hunter has put together a book aimed at forming virtue in adolescent generations that may have never been taught to think in virtue categories at all. While Hunter himself does seem to present the project as a modern application of medieval honor codes, his “ten principles” come across as ahistorical and thinly researched. Nevertheless, this inconsistency does not hinder him from going ahead toward his goal of instructing young readers in the arts of doing justice in their communities.

This mission, praiseworthy as it is, leads Hunter onto slippery ground in some places. Continue reading