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Legacy

The Ambiguous Witness of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by James Nuechterlein. The complicated legacy of the anti-Nazi theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. More.

Policy

Toward a Conservative Policy on Climate Change by Lee Lane. America’s climate policy to date has been a failure, and a costly one. The way it is now unfolding it runs a large chance of incurring high costs, and only […]

Mindfulness

Mindfulness Is Something Worse than Just a Smug Middle-Class Trend by Melanie McDonagh. The chances are that by now either you or someone you know well has begun to practise ‘mindfulness’ — a form of Buddhism lite, that focuses on […]

Fear

The Psychology of Irrational Fear by Olga Khazan. Why we’re more afraid of sharks than car accidents, and of Ebola than flu. More.

Made?

Who Made the Laws of Nature? by Marianne Freiberger. I was a bad physics student at school. Not only did I have no physical intuition whatsoever, I also didn’t believe most of it. How, I wondered, can we possibly claim […]

Problems

Theologian Peter Enns responds to a review of his latest book in Christianity Today. (Review linked here.)

No Suprise

NAS Study: U.S. College Reading Assignments Teach “Progressive Activism” by Jim Windham. The National Association of Scholars released its annual comprehensive survey of books assigned to entering college freshmen this week (Beach Books 2013-2014: What Do Colleges Want Students to […]

Envy

Envy in a Time of Inequality by Samuel Gregg. Envy, I’ve often thought, is the very worst human emotion. The epic Biblical narrative of Cain’s slaying of Abel reminds us that people have been jealous of others’ successes and well-being […]

Modern 2

Elizabeth Pritchard reviews Minding the Modern: Human Agency, Intellectual Traditions, and Responsible Knowledge by Thomas Pfau. Related: Previous reviews (and excerpt) linked here and here.

Pillars

Religion in the Age of Evolution: Shaking the Pillars? by William Carroll. The traditional pillars of religion that support a view of God as transcendent Creator remain unshaken by the discoveries of modern science. More.

Crossroads

Shifting Sands: Seminaries Are at a Crossroads by Norman Jameson. Shifts in American religious life have theological institutions navigating unfamiliar landscape. More.

Ruins

A Theme Park, a Scandal, and the Faded Ruins of a Televangelism Empire by Emily Johnson. If you happen to find yourself on I-77 just south of Charlotte, North Carolina, consider a detour to the crumbling ruins of what used […]

Heresies

New Poll Finds Evangelicals’ Favorite Heresies by Kevin P. Emmert. Survey finds many American evangelicals hold unorthodox views on the Trinity, salvation, and other doctrines. More at CT.

Undermine

Learning about Love: How Sex Ed Programs Undermine Happy Marriages by Cassandra Hough. Contemporary sex education prepares young men and women not for the fullness of friendship, intimacy and love, but for casual relationships and recreational sex. More.

Problem

Atheists in Foxholes: The Military Chaplaincy’s Humanist Problem by Ronit Y. Stahl. Do American military chaplains need to believe in God? Or, as the Navy Times once asked, “Who supports the atheists in the military?” These questions attracted renewed attention […]

Believe?

FT reviews Can We Still Believe the Bible?: An Evangelical Engagement with Contemporary Questions by Craig L. Blomberg. You can download an excerpt here. (pdf)

Kansas

Why Kansas Drives Liberals Crazy by Allysia Finley. Sam Brownback cut taxes to stop the state’s economic decline. Big spenders in both parties won’t forgive him. More.

Diversity

Cellophane Diversity In case you missed it, Silicon Valley has a “diversity problem.” That, at least, is the view of the New York Times, which published an editorial earlier this month, lamenting the fact that most Silicon Valley employees are […]

Springtime

Springtime for Neocons by Jacob Heilbrunn. Perhaps no one has inadvertently done more to revive the fortunes of the neocons and liberal hawks than President Obama. More.

Exceptionalism

Exceptionalism from Ancient Greece to America by David Bromwich. The origins of the phrase “American exceptionalism” are not especially obscure. The French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville, observing this country in the 1830s, said that Americans seemed exceptional in valuing practical […]