Category: Religion

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

love in a time of really nasty politics

I really appreciate everything that Judy Wu Dominick writes, and this reflection on “loving your political frenemies” is no exception: I still ache over the anguish of some and the bigotry of others, but this prayer discipline has chipped away...

/ November 6, 2018

holy culture and horticulture

Wilfred McClay has a beautiful and much-needed essay at Comment on the tension Christians experience between our calling to be gardeners and pilgrims: We plant, tend, and nourish gardens, gather and prune them, negotiating and harmonizing the resultants of nature’s forces. We...

/ November 1, 2018

solidarity and healing after the Tree of Life shooting

My own connection to Pittsburgh is only through friends; my kids have played on the playground across the street from the Tree of Life synagogue several times. I wanted to share a few pieces about the incident, starting with this...

/ October 31, 2018

where Foucault and the Apostle Paul meet

This interview with Alan Jacobs is full of all the things I love to think about! The new book has an “Interlude,” in which you point to “other pilgrims, other paths,” and one of the figures is Dorothy Day, an icon...

/ October 29, 2018

raising our kids to love others

Since yesterday’s post talked about the value of community and raised questions about how we’re raising our children to love others (or not), here’s a strong essay from D.L. Mayfield about that very subject! It is difficult to raise our...

/ October 25, 2018

longing for community

My friend Breanna Randall shares some thought-provoking observations about community life in North America and Southeast Asia: It’s not my goal to communicate that my Southeast Asian neighborhood is objectively better than that of my North American counterparts (though I’ve...

/ October 24, 2018

hope when everything’s getting worse

I felt like this piece from Clare Coffey about hope in the face of despair was very good, and I think you will, too: It is very possible that anxiety distorts perception of the world. It is also possible that...

/ October 22, 2018

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