“Beyond Boundaries”

Tulasi Srinivas

“The time is coming fast when the whole world will gather here.” Sathya Sai Baba

French Secularism and the “Islamic Veil Affair”

Talal Asad

The ways in which the concept of “religion” operates in that culture as motive and as effect, how it mutates, what it affords and obstructs, what memories it shelters or excludes, are not eternally fixed. 

Making Sense of Cosmopolitanism

Joshua J. Yates

Cosmopolitanism commits you to a global conversation, or a set of global conversations, about the things that matter.

From the Editors

Joseph E. Davis and Jennifer L. Geddes

Thinking more deeply about how we can inhabit the public sphere with others.

States, Religious Diversity, and the Crisis of Secularism

Rajeev Bhargava

Western conceptions of political secularism do not appear to have travelled well to other societies.

The Meaning of Secularism

Charles Taylor

For the people to be sovereign, they need to form an entity and have a personality.

Rethinking Secularism

Craig Calhoun

The root notion of the secular is a contrast not to religion but to eternity.


Slavica Jakelić

A sourcebook of relevant titles on secularism.

An Interview with Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell

Richard Madsen

When people’s personal friendship networks become more religiously diverse, that seems to make them more accepting of other faiths, but it also turns out that if you add friends within a congregation, more church friends, you actually become more civically engaged.

The Gospel of the American Dream

Tony Tian-Ren Lin

The hope of reform and renewal, the conviction that things could get better, was crucial to the founding of this nation.

Martin Luther King and the American Dream

Joseph E. Davis

MLK’s American Dream always appealed to the value of equality.

Soul Survivor

Dominic Green

We can be sure that, religiosity being constitutional in human and social terms, religion has survived.

Seven Ways of Looking at Religion

Benjamin Schewel

Religion is more than the many ways in which it can be viewed.

AA Envy

Helen Andrews

We are all alcoholic personalities now.

Profiles in Humility

James K.A. Smith

Our moral educations should happen at dinner tables, in classrooms, on football fields, in synagogues and churches.

Adventures in Algy-Land

Charles Thaxton

A eulogy for book culture, a polemic against the online-content economy that has replaced it, and an international, interreligious romp.

Forgiving Heidegger

Nathan Goldman

Uncomfortable though it might be to admit, Heidegger’s thinking is part of the Jewish textual tradition.

Beyond the Market

Gerald J. Russello

Rogan’s book is a welcome step toward uncovering and building up a tradition of alternative economics, one in which economics is not a value-free discipline, but, rather, is shaped by social customs, expectations, and values. 

Seeing and Being Seen

Russell C. Bogue

Our political moment demands to see who we are—a beautiful and terrifying ordeal.

The Ills That Flesh Is Heir to

B.D. McClay

What if our weakness were the best part of us?

Does Religious Pluralism Require Secularism?

Jennifer L. Geddes

What emerges in the essays in this issue is actually not one secularism, but rather a range of secularisms—French, American, Indian, and other—that can be compared, evaluated, and improved upon.

The Roots of the Arab Spring

Joseph E. Davis

While structures of power may change quickly, the building of a new social order is a longer and more precarious process.

Homo Saecularis

Jay Tolson

Who is secular man, and why is he so unhappy?

Body and Soul at Table

Wilfred M. McClay

Food is a strong proof of our animality; it is equally strong evidence of how we transcend it.

Taking Theology Public

Michael J. Lacey

How does one deal with the “trees and forests” complexity of a career like David Tracy’s?

Getting to the Root

Martyn Wendell Jones

Baring introduces a community of thinkers whose contributions have been obscured.

Solving for André, Subtracting Simone

Robert Minto

A grotesque and caricatured version of Simone Weil undermines an otherwise good book.

A Grand Turk in Washington

Kevin Blankinship

Writing a book about Thomas Jefferson means entering a very crowded field.

A Divine Comedy

Eugene McCarraher

Like the “radical orthodoxy” associated with John Milbank, Stanley Hauerwas, and an array of other British and American theologians, Hart’s project of rejuvenation has been no narrowly theological or academic exercise.

By Whose Waters We Wept…

Charles Mathewes

“White Christian nationalism” remains a grievance-driven mode of whiteness.

Principled to a Fault

Becca Rothfeld

On the face of it, Simone Weil is a remarkably poor candidate for domestication.

The Long, Withdrawing Roar

Philip S. Gorski

Over the last half century, there has been a transition from regular to irregular forms of cultural and political combat.

The Fake Book of Negroes

Gerald Early

Black Americans still embrace the exodus story as the defining trope of their collective experience.

Another City

Charles Mathewes

Augustine is crucial to determining the continuity and dissimilarity between the Romans and ourselves.  

Power in the Blood

Brad East

Blood as discourse in the Christian imagination.

The Return of the King

Philip S. Gorski

We see the peculiar features of neoauthoritarianism as quite real modern-day reincarnations of the ancient tradition of divine kingship.

American Captivity

Ed Simon

The captivity narrative is the most American of genres, not just in fostering fear, paranoia, and violence but in contributing to the creation myth of a new variety of person: the American.

Nietzsche’s Quarrel with History

Jennifer Ratner-Rosenhagen

As much as we may wish otherwise, history gives us few reasons to believe that its moral arc bends toward justice.

Vladimir and Volodymyr: A Pivotal Moment in History

Martha Bayles

Putin continues to play the Third Rome card that has brought him this far.

The Evangelical Question in the History of American Religion

Kirsten Sanders

It is nearly impossible to be a white, American Christian without being an evangelical.

On Patrimony

Brian Patrick Eha

In my father’s house are many rooms, but all are empty.

Toward a Serious Inquiry into Human Life

Paul Nedelisky

This project is and always has been worthwhile, even if groups of detractors talk themselves out of it from time to time.

You Won’t Miss Them Till They’re Gone

Paul Franz

Does anyone still need advice on how not to think like a liberal?

Staying for the Truth

Alan Jacobs

The only way out of this prison of self-deception and self-justification is to love and seek the truth.

On Hope and Holy Fools

Tara Isabella Burton

To hope is a kind of foolishness.

Gnosticism in Modernity, or Why History Refuses to End

Isaac Ariail Reed and Michael Weinman

Contending with a radical distrust of the created world.

The Eternal Hope of the Wandering Jew

David Stromberg

I’ve been cursed to envision peace without ever experiencing it myself.

Spirituality Ascendant

Richard Hughes Gibson

God’s funeral was premature.

Corporate Maternalism

Andrew Lynn

What hath the kindergarten to do with the office?

Nothing Succeeds Like Failure

Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn

Costică Brădățan’s argument in praise of failure rests on its ability to make us humble.

The Living Faith of the Dead

Kyle Edward Williams

Tradition is stalked by the uncertain possibility of either faithfulness or infidelity, handing down or handing over.

Pentecostal Compensations

Peter Hartwig

Pentecostal Christianity remains oddly ignored and misunderstood.

The Wages of Estrangement

Charlie Riggs

Tillich suggested another word—and a curious one—to help interpret sin: estrangement.

Beyond Progressivism

John Milbank

We are witnessing the ultimate emergence of tensions latent in the very foundations of the modern.

The Far Invisible

Alan Jacobs

Pynchon diagnosed our idolatry of the inanimate.

The Satmar Option

Rita Koganzon

Where do the Hasidim fit in the American picture of religious liberty?

An Economic Theology of Liberalism

Deirdre Nansen McCloskey

True adulthood in a true liberalism depends on properly using God’s gift of liberty of the will.

Friendship and the Common Good

Andrew Willard Jones

Friendship is the reason for our lives. Nothing is more important.

Technoculture and the Plausibility of Unbelief

L.M. Sacasas

The rise of unbelief is correlated to the lived experience of urban and industrial settings.

Tradition and the Individual Christian Talent

Cassandra Nelson

It is a tall order to see—and to enable others to see—with a child’s perception and the wisdom of a pilgrim.

The Necessity of Networks

James C. Rahn

The Claphamites unquestionably launched a revolution in manners that shaped what we have come to know as Victorian morality.

Immortalizing Words

Ashley C. Barnes

To say that writing novels trained a mind for eternity was a bold professional claim.

The Incomprehensible Witness of Forgiveness

John D. Inazu

Meaningful social change requires the kind of social reconciliation that can only emerge through aggregated instances of both forgiveness and repentance.

Cheering for Thanatos

James Mumford

For the editors of The Economist, euthanasia is "an idea whose time has come."

Pope Francis and Humane Ecology

Steven Knepper

Francis’s integral ecology challenges some tendencies on both the right and the left.

Can Evangelicals Agree With Bernie Sanders?

Jeffrey Guhin

Bernie Sanders at Liberty University is more than a momentary truce in the culture war.

Law, Religion, and Confident Pluralism in the University

John D. Inazu

With our colleagues, and with our students, we have the space not only to express disagreement in more than tweets and sound bites, but also to probe the reasons underlying our disagreement.

Scorsese’s Catholic Dilemma

Jeffrey Guhin

The question for Silence is not whether another world exists but how such a recognition should affect our lives here.

Princeton Seminary, Presbyterian Pastors, and Purpose

John D. Inazu

Confident pluralism at its best requires people and institutions that know themselves well enough to articulate the reasons for their differences.

Wearing a Mask in France Would Be a Revolution

Frédéric Keck

In France, wearing a COVID-19 mask will mean a real revolution in norms governing behavior in its public space. 

G.K. Chesterton and the Art of the First Nations

Matthew J. Milliner

The secrets of Jerusalem are also lodged in Jacksonville, Joplin, and Joliet

A Vision on a Summer Night

Alan Jacobs

Perhaps the older Auden merely wants to have the humility to accept the terms on which agape offers itself.

The Wisdom Hypothesis

Matthew J. Milliner

Even defenders of the idea today such as Bruno Latour admit that Gaia in the original Greek context is “a figure of violence."

An Unlikely Meditation on Modern Happiness

Ryan Kemp

Well, then, why—on Kierkegaard’s view—would anyone choose a life of faith?

The Unintended Consequences of Christian Politics

Myles Werntz

Mainline Protestant ministries to migrants had unintentionally opened the door to their diminished cultural dominance

Authenticity’s Imperative

Emily G. Wenneborg

We have here two very different approaches to spiritual authenticity.

What Is Going on with American Converts to Russian Orthodoxy?

Mikel Hill

The circumstances that led to veneration of the tsar and his family cannot be so easily reduced to a reactionary craving for Christian theocracy.

Feathered and Feather-Less Bipeds

Jesse Russell

The genealogical approach has found surprising success in an unlikely genre.

Hunting the White Goddess

Jesse Russell

It seems that neo-paganism is attractive in part because it offers an identity to those who have rejected postmodern, deracinated versions of Christianity.

A Funeral for Bruno Latour

Eric Luckey

What makes this so difficult is that time has a way of eroding the power of words.

The Postmodern Pope

Stephen G. Adubato

Benedict shared with skeptics, postmodernists, and existentialists the suspicion of the modern trust in the benevolence of the human will.

The Almost Unbearable Burden of Belonging

David Stromberg

What to become? Dissident or emigrant? Move abroad?

David Hume’s Guide to Today’s Politics

Alan Jacobs

The primary social forces disrupting American society today are modern versions of two false religions.

Rancho Rajneesh

James Conaway

No one works in Rajneeshpuram. They “worship.” Worship includes grading roads, plowing fields, pursuing the many lawsuits brought by Bhagwan in Oregon. 

In Through the Out Door

Richard Hughes Gibson

An abandoned—or abandoning—god might also reappear.

Unbiblical Scholarship

Alan Jacobs

Every graduate student in the humanities should be required to take a course in the English Bible.

Living in a WEIRDER World

Brad East

Protestant pagans are everywhere in the post-Christian West.

Dostoevsky’s Dangerous Gambit

Ryan Kemp

Dostoevsky is too Christian for a secular age and too secular for Christendom.

Return of the False Messiah

David Stromberg

Understanding the extent of the threat posed by Bibi requires a broad historical perspective.

The Arts as Resistance

Arthur Aghajanian

What are the implications for any society that emphasizes monuments to power and domination over imagination and the arts?

Through the Rent, Eternity Enters

Abram Van Engen, Christian Wiman, and Marilyn Nelson

You read a poem and it awakens you to something that you already knew.