Trading Fear for Anger

A recent study found that “more Americans [are] suffering from stress, anxiety and depression” than ever recorded. An article from Psychology Today described this increased anxiety as contributing to the fact that “between 1999 and 2014, the suicide rate increased...

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Silicon Valley’s Pornography Problem

he New Year is upon us: the search-engine giants of Silicon Valley have released their sparkling, end-of-year “what we searched for” videos. Watching these stirs up a spirit of solidarity and humanity -- they suggest that our dominant use of the internet was to...

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Why Our Superhero Movies Suck

Why Our Superhero Movies Suck

ur modern superheroes have sex. Super sex, I suppose, but otherwise they do it according to the basic ethical norms of liberalism: with consent and without any hangups about marriage. It’s hardly surprising -- our superheroes are reflections of our ideals, and our...

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Harrison Lemke

My friends and I came to admire the singer-songwriter Harrison Lemke after a morning listening-party of his album Fertile Crescent Blues. Over a great deal of coffee, we wondered how anyone not employed to write the sing-along section of a Protestant Kidz TV show...

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Soul-searching with Saintseneca

  ndie rock is waxing theological. Sufjan Stevens opened the door with his crooning tunes sung under the “shadow of the cross.” Mewithoutyou makes the problem of God’s existence the problem of their albums. Now Saintseneca provides a soundtrack for the post-Christian...

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Becoming Christian in a Political Dump

hen politics are heroic, bracing, and brimming with great sorrows and triumphs, the humanist argument against Christianity seems strong: “Your religion sets man panting after ‘spiritual goods’ — he should pant to attain concrete goods for his neighbors. He breaks his...

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Datalords

igital technologies tend to replace the skills they purport to augment. The use of typing has already destroyed most people’s capacity for legible handwriting. The use of email has not augmented the use of letters; letter writing is a lost art, and with it went any...

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Resist Yourself

One of the downsides of living in a world of unabashed racists is living in a world of unabashed anti-racists. It is difficult to imagine an easier banner to wave, a lighter ideology to shoulder, and a more readily cheered set of slogans than "f*ck fascism!" and "no...

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Screw Identity, Live Community

  ur political leaders pander to the black community, the Christian community, the gay community, the transgender community, and the farming community with alarming rapidity -- and all in the same speech. It's a world of community -- but what do we mean by the word?...

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What Will Save You

The idea that our love can be bad makes us uncomfortable. Sure, we'll enjoy a leering ode to "bad romance" or a woeful "addiction to love," but these songs aren't bold confessions of love's ambiguity -- they're justifications of our own inability to keep our pants on....

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