Category: Religion

life and death on a prayer walk

This essay is D.L. Mayfield at her very best: If our front door had a screen, I would have banged it on my way out. But instead, I closed it quietly, although I could still hear my children whining to...

/ December 7, 2018

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

zeal, wisdom, and John Allen Chau

Last week, an American missionary named John Allen Chau was killed as he tried to approach the inhabitants of North Sentinel Island. Both his own words and those of the mission organization that sent him confirm that he intended to share...

/ November 26, 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

tomb raider?

This essay is as fascinating and fun as everyone says it is: The Nazareth inscription is a block of marble, about two feet tall, a foot wide, and two inches deep. The first of its 22 lines of text, carved...

/ November 21, 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

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

we need a twenty-first century Comstock

Helen Andrews is at The Hedgehog Review with a review of a book on Anthony Comstock and censorship, subtly calling for a new Comstock for our brave new world of pornography: The problem of pornography has never been worse than it...

/ November 14, 2018

the life-changing magic of having things to share

Comment Magazine’s Seerveld Prize Winners have been announced, and the entries are a delight to read. I wanted to highlight Matt Miller’s entry in particular: Consumerism, however, is a subtle demon, and it may not be readily exorcised through the practice...

/ November 12, 2018

colonizing Mars won’t be nearly as exciting as we think

Micah Meadowcroft is in top form with this essay at The New Atlantis about the letdown that colonizing Mars could be: Consider your place in our interplanetary future. Let us speculate. Suppose that SpaceX or some similar enterprise has succeeded,...

/ November 7, 2018