High Priests of Middlebrow Culture
Elesha Coffman

Pastors have long admonished their flocks that faith isn't just for Sunday, and many a sermon has played on the theme, "Show me ...

Hellfire and Prophecy03.19.15
John G. Turner

One Sunday in the late 1990s, my wife and I drove into the countryside beyond Louisville, Kentucky, to attend a Reformed Baptist church. ...

Crow Fair03.23.15
Bruce Wiebe

"Now I see you again, and you are grown men, I must tell the truth. There doesn't seem to be much to either one of you." ("Crow ...

Katherine Paterson's World03.19.15
Rachel Marie Stone

When I was a child, I read and re-read books. To the frustration of my parents, my reading was decidedly indiscriminate: Frances Hodgson ...

"I Felt Like I Was Falling in Love"03.19.15
D. L. Mayfield

Nothing in my life makes sense, outside of God.
—Father Gregory Boyle

You've got to be able to imagine lives that are different from ...

Werewolf Cop03.12.15
John Wilson

Let's start with the trigger-warning. I'm not thinking about the violence—which is pretty much what any reasonable reader would ...

"Away with the Learning of Clerks!"03.19.15
Tom Shippey

The events of 1381 have long fascinated historians. To Marxists, "the peasants' revolt" was one of the great "might have ...

Jekyll or Hyde?03.19.15
Mark Noll

The evangelical segment of the American citizenry began to interest the nation's political savants in 1976. Although no one—then ...

Lost in the Cosmos03.19.15
Alan Jacobs

For fun, though possibly also for illumination, one might conveniently divide the fictions of the past hundred years into two large groups: ...

Something So Good, We Want to Share It03.04.10
Interview by Todd C. Ream and Brian C. Clark

Editor's Note: The March/April 2010 issue of Books & Culture included an interview with the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh by Todd C. ...

The Novel as Protestant Art03.19.15
Joseph Bottum

So, here's a proposition: The novel was an art form—the art form—of the modern Protestant West, and as the main strength ...

Coming Attractions for 2015, Part 103.02.15

The Story of Science.

Planet of the Rats12.17.14
Jonathan Hiskes

The pages of Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History teem with extraordinary animals that no longer exist. We ...

A Priest for a Twilight Faith12.17.14
Daniel Taylor

Tomáš Halík, winner of the 2014 Templeton Prize, is a writer and a thinker (the two don't always go together) for ...

The Missionary Myth12.16.14
Stranger in a Strange Land: Amy Peterson

This is a guest column by Amy Peterson, an ESL instructor at Taylor University. Her blog, Making All Things New, is at amypeterson.net.

It ...

A Laureate in Letters10.28.11
Aaron Belz

Editor’s Note: The November/December 2011 issue of Books & Culture included a piece by Aaron Belz, “A Laureate in Letters: Philip ...

The Novel as Protestant Art02.16.15

Previewing the March/April issue of Books & Culture.

Heirs to Forgotten Kingdoms02.12.15
Robert Joustra

When the Americans rained fire from the sky around Mount Sinjar, suppressing, later destroying, Islamic State fighters, the world's eye ...

James Calvin Schaap

War stories usually take on the motif of initiation because no one, thank goodness, is ever prepared for watching friends—buddies—die ...

Duck and Cover12.16.14
Kimberlee Conway Ireton

I am a straight, white, evangelical mother of four children, whom I homeschool. If that's all you knew about me, you might think I was ...

Pain and Yearning12.16.14
Andrea Palpant Dilley

My grandfather passed away recently. A few weeks before his death, I spoke with him on the phone and found myself caught between the trivialities ...

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