Religion

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.

Jihadi

The Jihadi Who Turned to Jesus by Patrick Kingsley. When 22 Christian refugees gathered in the basement of an apartment in Istanbul early on a recent Sunday afternoon, it was quickly clear that this was no ordinary prayer meeting. Several […]

Reins

Jesus Take the Reins by Lyndsie Bourgon. In the fast-growing cowboy church movement, the trappings of traditional worship are eschewed to entice people through the door, dung-covered boots and all. More.

Freedom

Neil Gorsuch, the Supreme Court, and Religious Freedom by Richard W. Garnett. A little over a year ago, Associate Justice Antonin Scalia died. Justice Scalia was among the most consequential jurists in American history. For many traditional religious believers, mainstream […]

Prescription II

The Benedict Option and the Way of Exchange by Alan Jacobs. Surely there has never been a richer and more deeply faithful model of Christian faith and practice than that offered by the leaders of the Church in Roman Cappadocia […]

Prescription?

Not Benedictine Enough: Rod Dreher’s Diagnosis and Prescription for American Christianity by Nathaniel Peters. If the Benedict Option is just Christianity, it is neither inherently Benedictine nor is it optional. If it is a feeling and an intuition, it needs […]

Worse

Breaking Faith by Peter Beinart. The culture war over religious morality has faded; in its place is something much worse. More.

Risk

Reza Aslan and the Risks of Making Religion Relatable by Sigal Samuel. The scholar says his new TV show is just what minorities need. Critics say the opposite. What if both are right? More.

Keller

An Evangelical Pastor On Reaching The Religiously Unaffiliated by Carol Kuruvilla. Rev. Timothy Keller spent nearly 30 years reaching out to skeptics in New York City. Here’s what he’s learned. More.

Option II

John Waters interviews Rod Dreher about his latest book, The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation.

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A Man for All Seasons, Including Ours: Thomas More as the Patron Saint of Social Media by Steve Fuller. November 2016 marked the five hundredth anniversary of the publication of Utopia by Thomas More in Leuven through the efforts of […]

Myth

Jerusalem Syndrome at the Met by Edward Rothstein. An exhibition on the diverse multiculturalism of medieval Jerusalem has been ecstatically received. There’s just one problem: the vision of history it promotes is a myth. More.

Human Sacrifice

Researchers Discover a New Reason Why Ancient Societies Practiced Human Sacrifice by Philip Perry. Human sacrifice is today, a part of urban legends or the serial murders of a few, craven madmen. But dig deeper into history and you’ll find […]

Option

Emma Green reviews The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation by Rod Dreher.

Hope

PD reviews Reclaiming Hope: Lessons Learned in the Obama White House about the Future of Faith in America by Michael R. Wear.

Teach

What Jesus Can Teach Today’s Muslims by Mustafa Akyol. What is the trouble with Islam? Why are there so many angry Muslims in the world who loathe the West? Why do self-declared Islamic states impose harsh laws that oppress minorities, […]

Dancing

How I Teach Theology to Undergrads by Aristotle Papanikolaou. Being religious is not about following rules. It’s more like dancing. More.

Books

Dark Books by Tara Isabella Burton. What’s more wholesome than reading? Yet books wield a dangerous power: the best erode self, infecting readers with ideas. More.

Advancing

Advancing God’s Kingdom: Calvinism, Calvin College, and Betsy DeVos by Abram Van Engen. Betsy DeVos’ nomination as Secretary of Education has prompted intense scrutiny. That is right and fitting, given her lack of both experience and expertise. But it is […]