Category: Culture

Sabbath and soil

Years ago, when I first studied Isaiah 58, I found its call to honor the Sabbath mingled with the call to do away with violence and injustice odd. I suppose that I had grown up thinking of Sabbath-keeping as a...

/ December 5, 2018

“Uncontrolled liberalism, in other words, prepares the grounds for its own demise.”

There are some very sharp insights in this interview with Pankaj Mishra in the LA Review of Books: “Liberal modernity,” you’ve argued, “has prepared the ground for its destruction” by unleashing forces that are “uncontrollable.” Have these forces contributed to...

/ December 3, 2018

“economics of meaning”

Shadi Hamid has a very interesting essay in American Affairs Journal about the possibilities of left populism and the “economics of meaning”: It might be tempting to say that Left populists simply need a “hero”; the Left, unlike the Right,...

/ November 30, 2018

migration and American identity

Luma Simms has two very interesting pieces interacting with Reihan Salam’s new book Melting Pot or Civil War? One is at Public Discourse and the other is at Law and Liberty: From the first piece: Immigration, work migration, the flight...

/ November 28, 2018

video killed the #1 burger joint in the country

This is a really sad story that I think is ultimately about power, technology, and the way in which media shapes our understanding of ourselves and the world around us: In my office, I have a coffee mug from Stanich’s...

/ November 27, 2018

Asia Bibi should get asylum anywhere she wants

I am glad to see this call from Providence magazine to grant Asia Bibi asylum… anywhere. (More on her story here.) The obvious shouldn’t need saying, but it is clear that there are many Muslims in the UK, whether new immigrant or...

/ November 22, 2018

wokeness and gnosticism

I enjoyed this essay from Anthony Barr on the question of “wokeness” and gnosticism: I want to suggest that “woke” is a redeemable term. If we think of wokeness as loving attentiveness to reality, a commitment to seeing the world...

/ November 20, 2018

the paranoid style in American Christianity

We’re doomed! Doomed, I tell you: Take this seriously. We are like people on a beach, watching a tsunami build on the horizon. You know how tsunamis work, right? There’s an earthquake far out at sea, and the shock wave...

/ November 19, 2018

“The FDA’s Mango-Flavored Trolley Problem”

Don’t you just love that headline? These competing concerns leave the FDA trying to thread a particularly tricky needle: How do they get these products into the hands of the people who need them, while keeping them away from people...

/ November 16, 2018

can white people be saved?

I know many of my followers might be skeptical of the concept of “whiteness” and may bristle at the question, “Can white people be saved?” If that’s you — and even if it’s not — I invite you to read...

/ November 15, 2018