The Critic's Job and Why It Matters
March/April Preview: Alissa Wilkinson

If they stop to think about criticism at all, most people—maybe even most critics—imagine it to be a leechlike enterprise, at ...

Listening to Refugees' Stories02.04.16
Tim Stafford

Editor's note: The May/June issue of Books & Culture will be a special theme issue on international migration, broadly construed, ...

Fear, Compassion, and a Massive Bureaucratic Challenge01.29.16
Tim Stafford

Editor’s note: The May/June issue of Books & Culture will be a special theme issue on international migration, broadly construed, ...

Three Poems12.24.15
Aaron Belz

Editor's Note: Aaron Belz is the author of three collections of poems—Glitter Bomb (Persea), Lovely, Raspberry (Persea), and The Bird ...

Day of Reckoning12.24.15
Sarah Ruden

Sad as it is, I can't dispute R. W. Johnson's latest account of South Africa. He is South African himself and a meticulous career ...

"We Will Remember Them"01.15.16
Christopher Gehrz

Every other January, my colleague Sam Mulberry and I take a group of students to Europe, where we spend three weeks learning about the history ...

The Early Church on War and Killing12.24.15
Ronald J. Sider

Hundreds of articles and scores of books have been written in the last 150 years seeking to establish what the early (pre-Constantinian) ...

The Unexamined Grace12.24.15
Scot McKnight

The old theology that at one time was an instinct for readers of the apostle Paul, especially for readers of Romans, has become a battlefield. ...

Grace Redefined12.24.15
Wesley Hill

Paul and the Gift: Two Views

Editor's Note: A number of theologically-minded people of my acquaintance—academics, pastors who keep ...

Our Funny Christmas Morning12.28.15
Poetry: Brett Foster (1973-2015)

Editor's note: This is the last in a series of Christmas poems that Brett Foster sent to me shortly before he died. The first poem in ...

Seasonable12.20.15
Poetry: Brett Foster (1973-2015)

Editor's note: This is the second in a series of Christmas poems that Brett Foster sent to me shortly before he died. The first poem ...

Favorite Books of 201512.14.15
John Wilson

In the ritual formulation introducing this annual reckoning, I emphasize that these are not the "best" books of the year, however ...

The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta12.11.15
Joseph Bottum

At the beginning of his new book, The Grand Strategy of Classical Sparta, Paul Rahe quotes a passage from John Stuart Mill—an 1846 ...

Vessel of Sweets12.07.15
Poetry: Brett Foster (1973-2015)

We left the Christmas party feeling festive, yet navigating unfamiliar streets left us uncertain that we weren't repeating lefts ...

Paris and Beyond12.01.15
Philip Yancey

On the day when bullets flew and bombs detonated in Paris, plunging the City of Light into darkness, I was visiting the most populous Muslim ...

Asking the Right Questions10.19.15
Noah Toly

Jacques Ellul (1912-1994) was one of the most prolific, provocative, and controversial public intellectuals of the 20th century. As a professor ...

The Suspension of Disbelief11.19.15
Paul J. Pastor

When I was 19, I inexplicably spent $11 of my limited student bankroll on a used first-edition hardcover of Walter Wangerin's The Book ...

Art for All of Us?10.19.15
Sarah Ruden

I need to start this review with two disclosures. First, I'm a competitor of Bryan Doerries, as I have my own translations of Greek tragedies ...

Those Other Gospels10.19.15
Amy L. B. Peeler

If the life of Jesus were fully recorded, the books would overflow the world. So John the Evangelist says at the close of his gospel (John ...

From Charisms to Calling10.19.15
Wesley Hill

Before she died, my friend Martha and I kept promising each other that one day we would debate—preferably over a luxurious dinner and ...

Revisiting "The Secularization of the Academy"10.19.15
Mark Noll et al.

On June 1 and 2, 1990, the Pew Charitable Trust sponsored a major academic conference at Duke University on the subject of secularization ...

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