Writing the Christian Life

Lit, Journalism, Perf Arts

The essence and art of spiritual memoir serves as a kind of reality check for our own, less literary lives of faith. The art of memoir imaginatively reprises the language and experiences of ordinary Christians and their communities—prayer, testimony, praise, confession, doubt, and lament. When Dorothy Day begins The Long Loneliness by evoking the smell […]

Science Isn’t Broken

From the website FiveThirtyEight, this in-depth article includes no overt faith content but may be useful for discussing the validity of science and the difficulty of research.  Research fraud and research journals have been receiving some deserved bad press.  “Science Isn’t Broken” acknowledges this while offering some perspective and may be useful for examining topics […]

Health Beyond the Hospital

The September 2015 edition of Comment examines how health is not just the province of the hospital, or even the health-care industry. Just as nurses and doctors and patients are dependent on the architect, engineers, and plant managers, so the health-care industry is dependent on homes, families, churches, and schools to cultivate a healthy citizenry […]

Christian Schools Growing in China

All Current Features

The Chinese Christian school movement doesn’t officially exist, and parents make great sacrifices to join it—but it’s growing quickly.  Unlike the missionary-started Christian schools in China’s past, this time local Chinese are understanding the need for Christian education and seeking to provide it for the next generation.  This on-site article includes an overview of the […]

Four Views on Religion and Society

Social Sciences

“God and Politics: Four Famous Voices on Religion and Society” is a brief overview of Dorothy Day (1897-1980), a Catholic social activist and a candidate for sainthood, Moses Maimonides (1135-1204), a philosopher, rabbi and physician, Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971), a Protestant theologian and champion of “Christian Realism,” and Stephen Wise (1874-1949), a prominent, politically active rabbi.  Possible […]

College: Examining or Constraining Ideas?

All Current Features

“The Coddling of the American Mind” is an in-depth article on the college excesses of zero tolerance, trigger warnings, microaggressions, and the threat of reprisals from the U.S. Dept. of Education.  “In the name of emotional well-being, college students are increasingly demanding protection from words and ideas they don’t like. Here’s why that’s disastrous for […]

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