Something So Good, We Want to Share It
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

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 ...

Secrets of Book-Reviewing02.02.15

Episode 1.

Losing My Religion12.16.14
Timothy Larsen

The back cover of this critical edition of Mrs. Humphry Ward's Robert Elsmere (1888) makes the staggering suggestion that that it "was ...

Against Sentimentality12.16.14
Lisa Ohlen Harris

Nine months before Joe Wilkins was born, his parents briefly escaped the harsh, arid landscape of Eastern Montana, known as the "Big ...

Brown Girl Dreaming01.22.15
Carissa Turner Smith

As a school-age child, the protagonist of Jacqueline Woodson's memoir Brown Girl Dreaming struggles with being compared to her "gifted" ...

Music as Story-Time12.17.14
John H. McWhorter

For musical theater fans who love Leonard Bernstein's scores, it is odd that Bernstein thought of this work as ancillary to his "real" ...

God’s Story in 66 Verses01.19.15

Respecting the whole arc of Scripture.

Anaphora on Orcas Island / Nepsis12.17.14
Scott Cairns

Anaphora on Orcas Island

To behold the sublime, one must first forgo all hope of standing clear, of standing far apart. One must ...
The Fear Exemption12.17.14
D. L. Mayfield

We all have a dual citizenship in the kingdom of the sick and the kingdom of the well.—Susan Sontag

Reading On Immunity: An Inoculation, ...

Dreams Become Reality12.17.14
Roberta Green Ahmanson

In the 1930s, the precocious Jewish New York intellectual Delmore Schwartz wrote a story called "In Dreams Begin Responsibilities," ...

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