Category: Culture

pluralism and hell

Shadi Hamid, who is one of the sharpest foreign policy commentators out there, has a really good interview in Providence magazine about Islam, liberalism, and pluralism: As for theological resources that conservatives might share across faiths, something I’ve been thinking about...

/ October 17, 2018

murder, policing, and justice

This well-reported story about TJ Smith, the Baltimore Police Department’s former spokesman who lost his half-brother to violence in the city (and just resigned!), is well worth reading and reflecting on: As for Smith, his failed struggle to lead Dionay...

/ October 11, 2018

immigration and identity

There are so many things to think about from this piece by Luma Simms in National Affairs: Throughout history, people have traveled from country to country, trading with one another over long distances, returning home with the goods, habits, and even...

/ October 10, 2018

“Nothing can take form except within limits.”

Wendell Berry summarizes many of our contemporary problems quite well in this excellent interview with Gracy Olmstead: Those problems could be summed up as the triumph of industrialism and industrial values over the lives of living creatures, and over the...

/ October 9, 2018

everything you know about obesity is wrong — well, maybe not everything

This essay about obesity, stigma, and medical practitioners by Michael Hobbes is arresting and convicting: And the medical community’s primary response to this shift has been to blame fat people for being fat. Obesity, we are told, is a personal failing...

/ October 5, 2018

social justice, evangelicalism, and history

I tried not to follow the brouhaha over the Statement on Social Justice and the Gospel too closely — too much to keep up with when I felt like the original statement was a whole lot of shadowboxing and thus...

/ October 3, 2018

“has anyone asked working-class families if being sucked into a frantically achievement-obsessed rat race is a benefaction they are interested in?”

This essay from Helen Andrews is just too enjoyable not to share: Does Currid-Halkett have anything bad to say about the new elite? She has just one complaint, which she repeats again and again whenever she senses that she is sounding too...

/ October 2, 2018

the inequality keeps growing and growing and growing

I have really been appreciating Alec MacGillis’ careful reporting on the places that have been left behind in our current economy, and this ProPublica report from Dayton, Ohio (that also frequently references Baltimore, another struggling place) is no exception: In...

/ October 1, 2018

how do we get the people we need?

Alan Jacobs is, as usual, correct: So a key question arises: If you need people who are sufficiently skilled in negotiating the liberal order to work effectively within it, but also committed to its transformation, and who can sustain that difficult balance...

/ September 28, 2018

natural law and common grace

I really appreciated this piece from Jordan Ballor and J. Daryl Charles on natural law and common grace. In particular, I liked the fact that they don’t take “natural law” further than it can go — it’s a “recognition of...

/ September 25, 2018