They Know Not What They Say

omewhere in the weary midwest, I drove past a billboard housing an advertisement from McDonald’s. Gluten and ground beef glared at me above an annotation reading: “100% Beef. 100% Bliss.” “Marge,” I screamed to my truck. “That's ground for a class-action lawsuit! How...

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The Cult of Affection

here is a kind of love that considers the beloved under the light of a shared history.  I am not certain that it has a name, but I’ll call it affection, a love that C.S. Lewis said was responsible “for nine-tenths of whatever solid and durable happiness there is in...

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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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