Religion

Meaning

Our Search for Meaning and the Dangers of Possession by Lisa Marchiano. “There is no such thing as not worshipping,” wrote novelist David Foster Wallace. “Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.” G. Jung would have […]

Oversimplification

No, Steven Pinker, The Enlightenment Doesn’t Pit Reason Against Faith by Paul Bonicelli. Steven Pinker oversimplifies the Enlightenment by claiming it pits reason against faith. In fact, the Enlightenment sprung from Christian ideas of nature. More.

Conscience

What Is Freedom of Conscience? by Marilynne Robinson. Its long history in Europe and England prepared the American Revolution. Where has this trait gone? More.

Gnosticism

Is Dr. Jordan Peterson A Gateway Drug to Christianity, Or Just A Highbrow Joel Osteen? by Peter Burfeind. Because of his understanding of rationalism and psychological emphasis, Jordan Peterson prepares the soul more for Gnostic spirituality than Christian orthodoxy. More.

Sacrificing?

Are White Evangelicals Sacrificing The Future In Search Of The Past? by Daniel Cox. In 2016, white evangelical Protestants strongly supported Donald Trump, a septuagenarian candidate who promised to make America great again, to bring back “Merry Christmas” and to […]

Stronger

New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Growing Stronger by Glenn T. Stanton. Is churchgoing and religious adherence really in ‘widespread decline’ so much so that conservative believers should suffer ‘growing anxiety’? Absolutely not. More.

Metaphysics

The Metaphysics of Democracy by Thomas Joseph White. Liberalism began as a political project that sought to curtail the role of religion in public life. Religious impulses haven’t proven easy to expel, however, even in secular societies. Contemporary secular liberalism […]

Hell-bent

Hell-bent by Kathryn Gin Lum. Younger Christians may be ditching doctrines of fire and brimstone – but will Christianity ever get rid of hell entirely? More.

Legacy

Martin Luther and Me by Georg Diez. Reckoning with Germany’s Dangerous Legacy. More.

Mystery

The Mystery of Jesus’s Brother Gets Even Weirder by Paul Ratner. Whether Jesus had any siblings is an old debate within Christianity. A number of passages within the New Testament have been stoking this speculation for almost two thousand years. […]

Wrong

What’s Wrong with Rod Dreher’s Straussian Narrative of the American Constitution by Paul R. DeHart. Because he accepts a Straussian framework that sees modernity rather than Christianity as the major turning point of Western history, Rod Dreher underestimates the influence […]

Books

Christianity Today releases their book award winners for 2018.

Legend

The Luther Legend by Marilynne Robinson. The idea that one man brought about the Protestant Reformation obscures a much longer history of dissent. More.

Beliefs?

Less Than Half of ‘Evangelical’ and ‘Born Again’ Christians Actually Have Evangelical Beliefs by Tyler O’Neil. Just how evangelical are evangelicals, really? According to a recent survey from LifeWay Research, not very. Less than half of those who self-identify as […]

Mind-Bending

A Mind-Bending Translation of the New Testament by James Parker. David Bentley Hart’s text recaptures the awkward, multivoiced power of the original. More.

Meltdown

Thank Separating Sex From Morality For The Great American Sexual Meltdown by Curt Anderson. Many people have asked me, “What is world is going on here, with Roy Moore, John Conyers, Joe Barton, Al Franken, Matt Lauer, and all the […]

Jerusalem

Trump’s Recognition Of Jerusalem Makes ‘Peace’ More Likely by David Harsanyi. Later today Donald Trump is expected to make a largely symbolic but important gesture, recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — not as an international capital or shared […]

14th Amendment

The Fourteenth Amendment and Masterpiece Cakeshop: Equal Citizenship, our Inclusive Republic, and Anglo-American Common Law by Christopher R. Green and David Upham. Like several other big First Amendment cases the Supreme Court will hear this year, Masterpiece Cakeshop is not […]

SCOTUS

The Christian Right Has A New Strategy On Gay Marriage by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux. The wedding cake case before the Supreme Court signals a shift in status for evangelicals. More.

Plan

God’s Plan for Mike Pence by McKay Coppins. Will the vice president—and the religious right—be rewarded for their embrace of Donald Trump? More.