David Brooks is one of the few conservative Republican voices on the regular New York Times "op ed" staff. We corresponded some a long time ago. He was the speaker at last year's Dartmouth College commencement. I do not always agree with him but he is always intelligent and rational. He is also comfortable putting "love" at the center of our business and social lives. He sounds a bit like Mal on Firefly when talking about what keeps his ship flying.
David Brooks' favorite writer is C. S. Lewis. If you are ever bored enough to decipher part of Grid, you will find a discussion of C. S. Lewis and Tolkien which describes the moment Tolkien convinced Lewis to become a Christian. If you read enough Brooks, you will find a reference to the Lewis and Tolkien conversion experience. David really should credit me.