- Jun 13 20161 minute
How Islam is Different From Other Religions
WE WANT TO BELIEVE WE’RE ALL BASICALLY the same and want the same things, but what if we’re not? Islam, in both theory and practice, is exceptional in how it relates to politics. Because of its outsize role in law and governance, Islam has been—and
- Jul 1 20161 minute
Audrey Shi YOU’LL BE hard-pressed to find a churchgoer who carries a Bible to Church at the Springs on Sundays—and lead pastor Ron Sylvia doesn’t mind. At “the Springs,” as it’s known—a multisite church based in Ocala, Fla.—most of its 3,000 or so
- Dec 21 20165 minutes
Martin Scorsese’s Radical Act Of Turning Theology Into Art
Rarely do mainstream films treat religious questions with seriousness and specificity. Silence, a movie about 17th-century Jesuit missionaries, shows what that can look like.
- Dec 21 201612 minutes
The Spiritual Crisis Of The Modern Economy
The main source of meaning in American life is a meritocratic competition that makes those who struggle feel inferior.
- Dec 11 20164 minutes
Trump Is Bringing Progressive Protestants Back To Church
Some mainline congregations have seen a bump in attendance since the election. But the most powerful changes to come may be theological.
- Dec 21 20164 minutes
'Fuck You, 2016'
On blaming a year for the things that happen in it
- Nov 7 20161 minute
SAM LANSKY The American-British actor, 33, stars as conscientious objector Desmond Doss in Hacksaw Ridge, out Nov. 4 (see review, left); next, on Dec. 23, he’ll appear alongside Liam Neeson and Adam Driver in Martin Scorsese’s Silence, about 17th ce
- Jan 6 20175 minutes
Silence Is Easier To Admire Than To Love
Martin Scorsese’s new film about Christian missionaries in 17th-century Japan is a powerful work that is in part undone by the director’s own passion.
- Sep 26 20163 minutes
My Life as a ‘None’ and Other Tales from the Ranks of the Unaffiliated and the Agnostic
LIKE A LOT OF WOMEN OF A CERTAIN AGE, I’VE TAKEN UP yoga. And because I don’t go halfway on my clichés, I’ve done immersion yoga weekends, learned the Sanskrit names for various ways of being upside down and at least once referred to “my practice.” S
- Oct 3 20161 minute
Of Maladies and Miracles
SARAH BEGLEY IN HER NEW NOVEL THE Wonder, Emma Donoghue (Room) again tells the story of a woman struggling to protect a vulnerable child. Anna O’Donnell is a Catholic girl in 1850s Ireland who has not eaten since her 11th birthday, four months befor