A Jazz Age Mystery in a Reimagined America

Alan Jacobs

A murder mystery that is also an impressive sociological imaginary.

Presentation and Power

Mark Dunbar

The protests and protest candidates failed because they lacked organizational structures and concrete policies.

The Man for Whom Everything Was a Game

Mark Dunbar

John von Neumann’s life ended the way many of those of his intellectual caliber end: in madness.

Living in a WEIRDER World

Brad East

Protestant pagans are everywhere in the post-Christian West.

The Weimar Mood

Mark Dunbar

Listening for those voices from the deep.

The Egoists and the Altruists

Mark Dunbar

The philosophical divide doesn’t neatly correspond with our political divide. There are egoists on all sides, just as there are altruists.

What the Light Says We Are

Ryan Kemp

How we become convinced that life demands our devoted love.

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.

Feathered and Feather-Less Bipeds

Jesse Russell

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

The Model Minority Might Be Too Good at the Game

Johann N. Neem

Warikoo might have explored the ways in which Asian cultural repertoires matched up with the neoliberal transformation of our schools and colleges.

Saving Face

Leann Davis Alspaugh

The face we present to the world is the primary signifier we possess.

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.

When a Jeremiad Falls Short

Ethan Schrum

There is no shortage of jeremiads about the American university.

The Making of an Everyday Object in a High-Tech World

Richard Hughes Gibson

Just as Mims worries now over the unfulfilling tedium of employment at Amazon, Smith worried over the deleterious effects of monotonous work.

The Unintended Consequences of Christian Politics

Myles Werntz

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

Galloway in the Shadow of Wendell Berry

John-Paul Heil

Nature knows what is best for itself better than we do.

The Kierkegaardian Leap of Climate Activism

Rhoda Feng

Throughout the book, Sherrell eschews the phrase “climate crisis,” substituting a much more nebulous term: “the Problem.”

The Silencing of the Lambs

Bruce J. Krajewski

We are here to ponder the longue durée of mutton in an age of capitalist wolves. 

Neither This Nor That

Rhoda Feng

We view the concept of “compromise” from all sorts of oblique angles.

The Professional-Managerial Novel

Sohale Andrus Mortazavi

Pretending that all workers are the same obscures rather than clarifies the reality of class.

Why Lecture?

Amy Wright

It’s easy to see how lectures got a bad rap. We have all been subjected to someone who abused the privilege of an audience. 

Finding Fukuyama’s Ends

Addis Goldman

Western liberal democracy is something worth aspiring toan optimal destiny, not an imminent fate.

Amazon and Us

Kyle Edward Williams

We are distinctly susceptible to businesses that ingeniously cater to and profit from our greatest vulnerabilities

Closing Time

Clare Coffey

Two new books discuss the extremes of the American economy.

Liberalism Strikes Back

Rita Koganzon

Liberalism today finds itself in the strange position of being the political philosophy that everyone lives by and no one wants to defend.

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.

More Spooky Stories for Halloween

Spooky selections for your Halloween weekend

A Christian Movie that Embarrasses Christianity

James Mumford

Ben-Hur is yet another movie made by Christians that fails to do justice to their faith.

Brain Talk in the Age of Enlightenment

What’s the danger in loose brain talk?

The Hedgehog Recommends

Some spooky stories for Halloween.

Is Religious Freedom Imperiled?

John D. Inazu

Steven Smith’s newest book expresses greater pessimism about the current trajectory of religious freedom in America. But he may not be pessimistic enough.

Mirror, Mirror

B.D. McClay

For now, the television show that really will hold up the mirror to our technological lives probably has yet to air.

After Strange Gods: Peter Thiel and the Cult of Startupism

Guest Blogger

I don’t deny that Thiel offers genuine, authoritative insight into entrepreneurship and the dynamics of a startup organization. It’s when he tacitly suggests that society derives its crucial and even salvific dynamism from the startup that I become both skeptical and nervous