Religion

Battlespace

The Return of Marco Polo’s World and the U. S. Military Response by Robert D. Kaplan. The supercontinent is becoming one fluid, comprehensible unit of trade and conflict, as the Westphalian system of states weakens and older, imperial legacies – […]

Research

Pew Research by Jeff Sharlet. To understand the political power of evangelicals, we must look beyond the pulpits. More.

Civil War

The Cold Civil War by Angelo M. Codevilla. As the Ancients remind us, the statesman’s primary concern must be the good of his own nation. In revolutionary times especially, thoughts, words, and deeds about international affairs must be subordinated to […]

Threat?

‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Wants Us to Heed the Threat of ‘Fundamentalism’ by S.D. Kelly. It’s no coincidence that The Handmaid’s Tale, the Hulu original series based on the Margaret Atwood book of the same name, is being released now, more […]

Arguments

Five Rational Arguments Why God (Very Probably) Exists by Robert H. Nelson. The question of whether a God exists is heating up in the 21st century. According to a Pew survey, the percentage of Americans having no religious affiliation reached […]

Disruption

CT reviews The Disruption of Evangelicalism: The Age of Torrey, Mott, McPherson and Hammond by Geoffrey R. Treloar.

Scientist

What Does It Mean to Be a ‘Catholic Scientist’? by William E. Carroll. Any reference to “Catholic scientists” might appear to mean scientists who happen to be Catholics, just as one would speak of politicians, economists, or writers who happen […]

Science Mike

Science Mike Building a “Christian Science” Liturgy for the Nones by D. Ashley Campbell. “We’re iPhone carrying apes from Mars,” Mike McHargue said to a crowded church auditorium in Denver on a warm September evening. The sweaty crowd laughed, and […]

Bible

FT reviews In the Beginning was the Word: The Bible in American Public Life, 1492-1783 by Mark A. Noll.

Needed

When Philosophy Needed Muslims, Jews and Christians Alike by Peter Adamson. If you were asked to name the most important philosopher of 10th-century Baghdad, you would presumably not hesitate to say ‘al-Farabi’. He’s one of the few thinkers of the […]

Basis?

PD reviews Liberal Politics and Public Faith: Beyond Separation by Kevin Vallier.

Wager

Douthat’s Wager: Go to Church, Even If You Don’t Believe by Jonathan Malesic. If you are a secular liberal who made your twice-yearly trip to church on Easter Sunday, you took an important step toward improving your life, your political […]

Journey

God in the Machine: My Strange Journey into Transhumanism by Meghan O’Gieblyn. After losing her faith, a former evangelical Christian felt adrift in the world. She then found solace in a radical technological philosophy – but its promises of immortality […]

Theology

The Theology of Stephen K. Bannon by Hugh Urban. White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon’s job may be in jeopardy, according to recent news reports. Coming on the heels of his removal from the National Security Council, the commotion surrounding […]

Easter

Easter Changed the Course of History, Though Not in Ways We Might Expect by Philip Yancey. Have you ever wondered what Jesus was doing between the first Easter and his ascension six weeks later? The New Testament records 10 appearances, […]

Roots

The Calvinist Roots of American Social Order: Calvin, Witherspoon, and Madison by Ian Speir. Witherspoon and Madison’s Calvinist theology and political philosophy imparted a firm belief that self-interest could be harnessed, ambition checked, and power balanced within government so that […]

Struggle

Garry Wills reviews The Evangelicals: The Struggle to Shape America by Frances FitzGerald.

Inside

Inside the Mind of God by Benjamin Grant Purzycki. Punitive Big Brother; cosmic petty-thief-catcher; vigilant landlord. Why is God so interested in bad behaviour? More.

Forecast

Atheism, the Computer Model by Michael Fitzgerald. Big data meets history to forecast the rise and fall of religion. More.

Clash

The Atheists Struggling to Find Therapists in the Bible Belt by Angela Almeida. The rise of faith-based counseling in America’s most Christian regions has brought the clash over religious liberties to the therapist’s couch. More.