Mercy Now
Jane Zwart

We rarely need excuses to read novels as autobiographical. It's easier, after all, to believe that whatever in a fiction smacks of truth—the ...

Every Tongue Should Confess06.20.16
Amy L. B. Peeler

For the writing and reading of commentaries, it is the best of times. Of their publishing there is no end, and readers can select from a variety ...

Rethinking Apostolicity07.21.16
Myles Werntz

When I tell people that I recently moved from South Florida, their eyes are full of visions of mega-mansions and gaudy towers. But this, I think, ...

A Vaughan Williams Elegy06.20.16
Allen C. Guelzo

Writing the biographies of politicians or generals requires no special language; the biographies of writers can, without much more difficulty, ...

How to Catch an Eel06.20.16
Gina Ochsner and Paula Huston

Though novelists Gina Ochsner and Paula Huston first met only five years ago, they've developed the kind of friendship that usually takes ...

"The Centrifugal Experience of Knowledge"06.20.16
Alan Jacobs

Marshall McLuhan famously wrote that "the 'content' of any medium is always another medium." The content of print is speech; ...

Homegoing06.23.16
Catherine Hervey

The opening pages of Homegoing—Ghanaian American Yaa Gyasi's debut novel—start a fire in Ghana that burns, one way or another, ...

Imagination Rules the World06.15.16
Gerald J. Russello

At a gathering of the conservative organization, The Philadelphia Society, a few years ago, Bradley Birzer gave a talk about Russell Kirk and ...

What Is America's Legacy?06.10.16
Alissa Wilkinson

Last night I watched Broadway stars perform a ditty about Colonial-era rules for dueling in a mixture of Filipino Tagalog and English. I witnessed ...

World History from a New Angle04.19.16
Susan Wise Bauer

The earth is a very big place.

Yes, it may be growing a bit smaller. (Google "shrinking globe" and you'll find dozens of essays ...

Believers Arrive First; Missionaries Follow04.19.16
Philip Jenkins

In her 1846 poem "The Missionary," Charlotte Brontö offered a perfect summary of the impulses that drove missionaries to spread ...

The Study of World Religions in a Time of Crisis04.19.16
Interview by Tae Sung

Jack Miles is the general editor of The Norton Anthology of World Religions (2015). He received the Pulitzer Prize for God: A Biography (1996) ...

Redirected Attention04.19.16
Alissa Wilkinson

In his 2005 feature debut Man Push Cart, Iranian American filmmaker Ramin Bahrani's cinematic signature is already evident: highly watchable ...

Fear, Hospitality, and the Common Good04.19.16
David Neff

My family history reads like headlines: Thousands of Christians displaced from their homeland by an expansionist Islamic state seeking to set ...

Baseball Review 2016, Part 205.13.16
Michael R. Stevens

Editor's Note: This is the second installment of Michael R. Stevens' annual baseball extravaganza. Part 1, posted on Monday, reviewed ...

Baseball Review 2016, Part 105.09.16
Michael R. Stevens

This review has been a study in devolution—what was once a Spring Training Report concocted in early March, and what had become something ...

First Piñata05.05.16
Evelyn Bence

"There is so much separation and segregation … But if we could cross the road once in a while and pay attention to what is happening ...

The New Scientism05.04.16
Doug Sikkema

It's a curious irony that the champions of scientism are some of the most vocal advocates of change and progress yet they so rarely change ...

Do We Really Welcome Refugees?04.19.16
D. L. Mayfield

George Washington is not the first person to come to mind when we're talking about modern-day matters of immigration, but there he is. A ...

Dearly Beloved04.22.16
Poetry: Aaron Belz

Editor's Note: Prince Rogers Nelson died yesterday, April 21, 2016. Here is an elegy for him by Aaron Belz, who lives in Hillsborough, North ...

Cities of Refuge04.19.16
Tim Stafford

Consumers of mainstream news can be forgiven for believing that Germany is awash in refugees. The truth is that they are seldom seen on German ...

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