Religion

Hart

LARB profiles theologian David Bentley Hart.

Capitalism

First Things and the Market Economy: A Response to R. R. Reno by Samuel Gregg. More than ever, religiously informed conservatives should underscore the importance of market economies for ordered liberty. More.

Documentary

Watching William Friedkin’s Documentary About Exorcism Can Make You Believe In God by Samuel Buntz. William Friedkin, director of “The Exorcist,” is releasing a new documentary, “The Devil and Father Amorth,” detailing a real-life exorcism. Last year for Vanity Fair […]

Nicer

Atheists Are Nicer to Christians Than Christians Are to Atheists, Says New Study by Paul Ratner. A new study by psychologists at Ohio University found that atheists are nicer to Christians than the other way around. The study, however, discovered […]

A Right

There’s No Such Thing as Islamophobia by Pascal Bruckner. Critique of religion is a fundamental Western right, not an illness. More.

Prayer

Why Pray? by Benjamin Dueholm. Prayer occurs in many faiths. It stays recognizable despite its varied forms. It must be good for something – but what? More.

Unchurching

The Dangers of the Great American Unchurching by Damon Linker. Americans are abandoning religion in droves. That’s the clear takeaway from two crucially important polls released earlier this week — one from the Public Religion Research Institute and another from […]

Trouble

America’s Shifting Religious Makeup Could Spell Trouble For Both Parties by Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux. Both Republicans and Democrats are facing dramatic long-term realignments in the religious composition of their base, and it will be a challenge for the parties to weather […]

Room?

Can Reason Make Room for Religion in Public Life? by Ruth Jackson. Contemporary Western liberals often assume that theological and political worldviews are competing discourses. Religion, when it enters the political arena, is cast as just another ideology vying for […]

Fall

The Rise and Fall of the Christian Bookstore by Jonathan Merritt. Back in the 1990s, it often seemed that every city and town in America had a strip mall with a Christian bookstore where you could purchase WWJD bracelets and […]

Trouble

The New York Review of Books reviews Sex and the Constitution: Sex, Religion, and Law from America’s Origins to the Twenty-First Century by Geoffrey R. Stone.

Statecraft

Ideas Were Not Enough by Mark Koyama. Locke, Spinoza and Voltaire were all brilliant, but religious freedom in Europe was driven by statecraft not philosophy. More.

Genius

Pure Genius by Michael M. Rosen. In The Genius of Judaism, French intellectual Bernard-Henri Lévy explores the deep, lasting contributions—intellectual, moral, and philosophical—that the Jews have made to Western civilization, especially in France. His creative, affecting, and personal exposition is […]

WEL

A Song of Ice and Fire by Eric Kurlander. World Ice Theory and the supernatural imaginary of the Third Reich. More.

Future

The Future of American Civil Religion by Daniel Strand. Whatever you think of American civil religion, Protestantism was the fuel that made it go. When you lose the fuel, you lose the benefits that have accrued to American society because […]

Wise

PD reviews The Tech-Wise Family by Andy Crouch.

POW

God in Wartime: How Religious Belief Affects Soldiers by Christina Brown Fisher. When Shoshana Johnson decided to join the military, her intention wasn’t to make history. Originally from Panama, where her Catholic foundation was laid, she and her family moved […]

fAIth

fAIth by Beth Singler. The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why? More.

Neurology

When Neurology Becomes Theology by Robert A. Burton. A neurologist’s perspective on research into consciousness. More.

Dilemma

Defending Muslims, Critiquing Islam by Phil Zuckerman. The dilemma of a contemporary secular humanist. More.