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New Focus

Building Congregations Around Art Galleries and Cafes as Spirituality Wanes by Amy O’Leary. The mural painted on the side of a building in the Deep Ellum warehouse district here is intentionally vague, simply showing a faceless man in a suit […]


The World View of Hasan al-Banna and the Muslim Brotherhood by Joseph S. Spoerl. Founded in Egypt in 1928, the Muslim Brotherhood has emerged as a force to be reckoned with, not only in Egypt and the Gaza Strip, where […]


The Paperback Quest for Joy by Laura Vanderkam. There are many books about happiness. It’s a subject of serious study within the fields of psychology and behavioral economics. So which book on happiness has been on the bestseller list for […]

Free Will

Alvin Plantinga reviews Free Will by Sam Harris.


Christianity Today lists their 2013 Book Awards here.

Wishful Thinking

Wishful Thinking and Middle-Class Taxes by N. Gregory Mankiw. In the continuing fiscal negotiations between President Obama and House Republicans, both sides have, from the very beginning, agreed on one point: Taxes on the middle class must not rise. But […]


Today this blog hit 1,000 subscribers . . . pretty small in the big blog world, but pretty big in the much larger small blog world!


Five Questions for a Better New Year by Lisa Firestone. New Year’s tends to be a time of looking forward. Yet, in our effort to set goals for the future, it’s meaningful to reflect on the past year and make […]


In a Crisis, Humanists Seem Absent by Samuel G. Freedman. Since the Newtown massacre on Dec. 14, the tableau of grief and mourning has provided a vivid lesson in the religious variety of America. An interfaith service featuring President Obama, […]


Jeff Riggenbach reviews Encountering America: Humanistic Psychology, Sixties Culture, and the Shaping of the Modern Self by Jessica Grogan. Update: You can browse inside the book here.


‘The Structure of Scientific Revolutions’ at Fifty by Matthew C. Rees. Fifty years ago, Thomas Kuhn, then a professor at the University of California, Berkeley, released a thin volume entitled The Structure of Scientific Revolutions. Kuhn challenged the traditional view […]


Jung’s Therapeutic Gnosticism by David Bentley Hart. For the better part of a century, Carl Jung and (later) his estate kept the manuscript of his unfinished Red Book—or Liber Novus, as he originally entitled it—hidden safely away from public scrutiny. […]


The Fiscal Cliff and Secularism by Benjamin Wiker. That we seem to be merrily rolling along toward a fiscal cliff is evident. Why is not as clear — at least not the deep why. Some of the depth of the […]

God’s Surgeons

God’s Surgeons in Africa by Brian Till. In countries where many are performing surgery without any formal training, a Christian organization is educating surgeons who stay around despite little pay or prestige — sometimes despite real danger. More at Atlantic.

Not Yet

Apocalypse Not Quite Yet by Christopher Dickey. Notwithstanding sundry doomsday predictions—from the Mayans to Nostradamus and the ever-impending threat of Armageddon—we can now say with some assurance that the world did not end in 2012. The Middle East, however, continues […]

Bad Name

Daniel Henninger: The Biggest Cliff of All If you’re looking for optimism as the world turns toward 2013, stay up late watching paid-for television explaining how to turn wrinkles into miracles. Past that, my own reservoir of uplift is a […]

Faith-Free Chaplains

Stanford Gets a Chaplain for Atheists by Nanette Asimov. Chaplain John Figdor has a divinity degree from Harvard. He counsels those in need and visits the sick. And he works with Stanford students under the Office of Religious Life. So […]

Mercy and Justice

Les Misérables and the Bible by Benjamin Blech. Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, first published in 1862, is widely considered one of the greatest novels of the 19th century. Adapted to the stage as a musical, it became a global […]


Peter Higgs Criticises Richard Dawkins Over Anti-Religious ‘Fundamentalism’ by Alok Jha. As public disagreements go, few can have boasted such heavy-hitting antagonists. On one side is Richard Dawkins, the celebrated biologist who has made a second career demonstrating his epic […]


A Fight They Can’t Win: The Irreligious Assault on the Historicity of Jesus by John Dickson. There are plenty of good arguments against the world’s largest religion, but claiming Jesus never walked the roads of Galilee isn’t one of them. […]