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Nightmare

Why America’s Middle East Nightmare Keeps Getting Worse by Kevin B. Sullivan. If the U.S. insists on treating the Middle East as a region of strategic importance, then it must develop a better, more long-term solution to ensure that it […]

Answer

Baseball Is the Answer to Football’s Violence Problem by Thomas Ryan Coughlin. In baseball, the danger to one’s body is incidental. In football, violence is the point. More.

Morality

Natural Morality, American Exceptionalism, and Race Relations by S. Adam Seagrave. The anti-slavery arguments of American abolitionists demonstrate the way in which Lockean natural rights and Thomistic natural law can be reconciled. When considering the most significant and influential concepts […]

Bible

CT reviews The Bible Tells Me So: Why Defending Scripture Has Made Us Unable to Read It by Peter Enns.

Academics

Why Academics Stink at Writing by Steven Pinker. Together with wearing earth tones, driving Priuses, and having a foreign policy, the most conspicuous trait of the American professoriate may be the prose style called academese. An editorial cartoon by Tom […]

Prudishness

Gov. Brown Signs Bill Telling College Kids Where, When to Have Sex by Robby Soave. California Gov. Jerry Brown affixed his signature to SB 967—the “Yes Means Yes” affirmative consent bill—which will require colleges to police their students’ sex lives. […]

Cusp?

Is the World at the Cusp of a New Dark Age? by Joseph Camilleri. We appear to have reached one of those extraordinary moments in history when people everywhere, communities and even entire nations, feel increasingly stressed and vulnerable. The […]

Culture

Women and the Culture of Evangelicalism by Dale M. Coulter. Last Friday the Gender Parity Project released the results of its study of the role of women among evangelical non-profit organizations. Most of the men surveyed affirmed an egalitarian stance […]

Effects

The Health Effects of Leaving Religion by Jon Fortenbury. How a loss of faith can manifest itself in the mind and body. More at Atlantic.

Deficit

The Cult Deficit by Ross Douthat. Like most children of the Reagan era, I grew up with a steady diet of media warnings about the perils of religious cults — the gurus who lurked in wait for the unwary and […]

Higher Ed

Higher Ed, Hollowed Out by Peter Augustine Lawler. Overweening devotion to ideals of technological and scientific progress has many universities churning out a utilitarian kind of education, one more suited to machines than human beings. More.

Differences

Pew Research: Teaching the Children: Sharp Ideological Differences, Some Common Ground As the public grows more politically polarized, differences between conservatives and liberals extend their long reach even to opinions about which qualities are important to teach children, according to […]

Marriage

Why 25% of Millennials Will Never Get Married by Belinda Luscombe. A new report from Pew Research predicts that more folks under 35 will be single forever. Here’s why. More at Time. GetReligion responds here.

Rhetoric

The Problem of Neutral Rhetoric by Brandon McGinley. It is impossible to make a political argument without also making a moral claim. Demanding tolerance often functions as a way to evade robust discourse about the merits of one’s principles. More.

Feminism

Emma Watson And The Chamber Of Feminist Conundrums by Heather Wilhelm. Just when you thought 2014 couldn’t get any more colorful, this crazy old year went out over the weekend and upped the ante. The starting venue was the United […]

Deadly Kiss

It must have been a deadly kiss…Paloma Faith performing “Only Love Can Hurt Like This” on David Letterman last night.

Promise

The Jihadists’ Promise: Power over Death by Louis René Beres. Jihadi violence serves not only to advance the terrorist’s delusion of immortality, but also to add, however perversely, an apparent and desperately needed erotic satisfaction, using religion as the justification. […]

Gas

Look out Below: Danger Lurks Underground from Aging Gas Pipes by John Kelly. Even small cracks or accidents can trigger a destructive explosion. More.

Free

Free the Bible! by Pete Enns. Evangelicals love their Bibles. We have defended it for many decades against critics who sought to strip these holy texts of God, miracles, and of any reason for why we might see it as […]

Idea

David Marquand reviews Inventing the Individual: the Origins of Western Liberalism by Larry Siedentop, and Liberalism: the Life of an Idea by Edmund Fawcett.