Charles Taylor Explained
Robert Joustra

Let's be honest: Charles Taylor's A Secular Age is one of those intimidating tomes you keep hearing about; maybe (probably) you even ...

Darkness and Light in India09.18.14
Philip Yancey

The cows, always the cows, hundreds of them, thousands of them. They stand in a pack blocking traffic, take naps in the middle of a busy ...

Awareness: Raised08.20.14
D. L. Mayfield

For many, including myself, "trafficking" is synonymous with sexual exploitation and modern-day slavery. Denise Brennan, writing ...

The Last Trojan Hero09.16.14
Gerald J. Russello

In the heat of the Second World War, T. S. Eliot gave a speech (to the newly formed Virgil Society) stating that the Aeneid was "the ...

The Lewis Man09.15.14

When the setting is also the "main character."

"The Full This-Worldliness of Life"08.20.14
Wesley Hill

When the theologian and pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer returned from England in 1935 to his native Germany, to the town of Zingst on the southern ...

A Girl Is a Half-Formed Thing09.09.14
Karen Swallow Prior

"There is no God here."

God's absence is the overwhelming presence in A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, the critically acclaimed debut novel by ...

Immigration Information09.08.14

Reliable, user-friendly, much needed.

Church as a Shared Meal08.20.14
Rachel Marie Stone

Like other children of clergy, I spent an inordinate amount of time at church, at church functions, with church people talking about church ...

Poems for Inspirational Posters08.20.14
Michael Robbins

"I know of no other twentieth-century American writer as much admired and respected as William Stafford," avers Ted Kooser on the ...

Childhood Obesity in America09.03.14
Lisa Auster-Gussman

In a study conducted in 1961, 10- and 11-year old boys and girls in the fifth and sixth grades were given six drawings of children and asked ...

The French Revolution and the Radical Enlightenment08.20.14
Dale Van Kley

A decade and a half ago I put forward a counterintuitive thesis about the religious origins of the French Revolution. Although the book underscored ...

An Event in Autumn09.01.14
John Wilson

The last volume in Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander series left readers all over the world—readers in the millions—feeling rather ...

Teach Us to Want08.28.14
Aleah Marsden

When I was in seventh grade, I used some birthday money to buy my first journal. It was small, spiral-bound, made of recycled materials (I ...

A Secular Age
Matthew J. Milliner

Back in the Seventies, the noted anthropologist Max Müller put it this way: "Every day, every week, every month, every quarter, ...

Fourth of July Creek08.27.14
Bruce Wiebe

After finishing the final page of Smith Henderson's mesmerizing first novel, Fourth of July Creek, you bump into the acknowledgments, ...

Letter from the Editor06.11.14

In the summer of 1994, a couple of weeks after I'd arrived in the Midwest, Mickey Maudlin—who was then the managing editor of Christianity ...

Back Channel08.25.14
John Wilson

Like his previous book (reviewed here), The Impeachment of Abraham Lincoln, a counterfactual tour de force, Stephen Carter's Back Channel ...

The Magician's Land08.22.14
Carissa Turner Smith

"At the heart of many man-made stories of the elves lies, open or concealed, pure or alloyed, the desire for a living, realized sub-creative ...

The Age of Atheists08.21.14
Lincoln Mullen

The most common charge that Christians level against atheists is that they have no morals. This suspicion has deep historical roots. In the ...

Taking Philosophy to the Masses06.11.14
Stranger in a Strange Land: James S. Spiegel

This is a guest column by James S. Spiegel, professor of philosophy and religion at Taylor University. With Steven B. Cowan, he is the author ...

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