Still Searching for a Usable Future

Contemplating religion's role today in predicting and projecting possible futures

February 10, 2020

Christianity | worship | secularism

Sunday Is ...

Are traditional holy days still something more than just any other day?

January 13, 2020



Is anti-Catholicism on the rise once again in the U.S.?

December 9, 2019

Cultivating the Good in Our ‘Mass of Habits’

Martin Marty reflects on new (and old) advice for changing our habits

November 11, 2019

hope | endurance

Searching for Hope

Martin Marty considers the place of hope in the realm of religion today.

October 14, 2019

Catholicism | education

Catholic Schools Tomorrow

“The then-U.S. Office of Education wrote in a 1903 report that the system of Catholic free parochial schools was the most impressive religious fact in the country at that time.” I sighted this quote in a review of Parish School: A History of American...

February 11, 2019

liberalism | endurance

Religion in the Years Ahead

A virtual throwaway line in a recent book review in the New York Review of Books caught my attention and prompted some early-in-the-year reflections on “the times.” Stephen Holmes, in a review of two sage and sane accounts by veterans Francis Fukuyam...

January 14, 2019

politics | Books & Culture | endurance

Blessed Endurance

We’ve become accustomed to seeing “Breaking News” scroll across our computer screens or televisions, usually in bursting red letters, interrupting our lives on a daily, if not hourly, basis. As cable news outlets compete with one another for our atte...

December 10, 2018

James K.A. Smith's "Cultural Liturgies"

Eugen Rosenstock-Huessy, Michael Oakeshott, Paul Ricoeur, Jose Ortega y Gasset, and Maurice Merleau-Ponty are a few names of thinkers-about-history who have influenced me and whose books form something of an unofficial “canon” on my shelves. Is it pe...

November 12, 2018

clergy | Pope Francis | Roman Catholicism | sexual abuse | sin

Really Big Sins

“This sounds like a flip answer,” said Lutheran Pastor Jan Erickson-Pearson, “but why does [clerical sexual abuse] still happen? Sin.” That was in 2002, but headlines still on occasion use the same three-letter theological word to explain the phenome...

October 8, 2018