• It’s Election Day in the UK | James Crossley June 8, 2017 Jun 8, 2017 “We won’t walk by on the other side.” Those were the words of British Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, in an allusion to the Parable of the Good Samaritan as he campaigned this week against the Conservatives on their Welfare policies. While nods to the Bible or Christianity are nowhere near as prominent as ... Read more »
  • How BLM Can Get Religion | Vincent Lloyd May 15, 2017 Here is the story that is told about religion and racial justice today: The US civil rights movement was led by black male ministers harnessing the socially transformative power of the Christian tradition. The movement for black lives today is led by black youths, particularly female, particularly queer, who are largely detached from Christianity. This ... Read more »
  • Contempt For Creation | Willis Jenkins April 13, 2017 Why are so many American Christians seemingly unbothered by the gutting of the institutions and policies dedicated to protecting our environment? Does the blame lie in Christianity itself? There have been those who thought so. Indeed, in the 1960s a certain line of cultural criticism began to hold western Christianity culpable for industrial society’s chronic ecological ... Read more »
  • The Joyful Uselessness of Ivan Illich: Reply to Scialabba | Simon Ravenscroft March 31, 2017 Mar 31, 2017 In his essay for The Baffler, George Scialabba does a fine job summarizing Ivan Illich’s most famous period of writing, from 1971 to 1982. He foregrounds the Roman Catholic priest and philosopher’s peculiarity as a leftist intellectual who was resolutely opposed to most “progressive” political solutions, on the grounds that they amounted simply ... Read more »
  • Good News For Religious Pluralism….Sort of | Mara Willard March 24, 2017 March 24, 2017 When your democratic republic and unchecked global, political, and ecological trends feel as though they’re hurtling in chaos toward the sun, it’s nice to receive good news. A recent study by the Pew Research Center on Religion and Public life puts that good news right up in the title, “Americans Express Increasingly Warm Feelings ... Read more »
  • Patience, Impatience, and Political Life Today | Paul Dafydd Jones March 15, 2017 March 15, 2017 To say that 2016 was a politically tumultuous year is, at this point, to state the blindingly obvious. Sooner or later, my home country (the United Kingdom) will abandon the European Union, a multistate organization that helped maintain peace in a continent that has made a habit of war. Meanwhile, the country in ... Read more »