Oedipus Then and Again … And Again
Pasolini’s Edipo Re reminds us of the boldness at the heart of humanistic learning: the conviction that the texts we decide to study should matter not just for us but for anyone.
March 9, 2023
Commentary prompted by the recent death of emeritus Pope Benedict XVI unsurprisingly indexes the usual binaries of sensationalized speculation.
January 4, 2023
(Not) Doing It for the Money
The American educational system and religion are more closely tied to economics than is readily acknowledged.
October 13, 2022
Partisanship in Religion and Politics
Many lament the obliteration of bipartisan politics: too few acknowledge it as a casualty of the idea that America is a "Christian nation".
May 25, 2022
The Return of Franz Bibfeldt
Bibfeldt’s return invites us to remember that there is an essential place for the occasional fit of laughter in even the most scholarly house.
April 6, 2022
The Christian Who Was a Church of One
In a world that seems to me to offer precious little of the mantle of prophecy, I offer you William Blake.
February 17, 2022
The Great Books, Religion, and “Higher Education”
January 28, 2022
On Maggie Nelson, the free exchange of ideas that fundamentalists fear, and the faith that must ground any tenable liberalism
November 11, 2021
Sunday worship was valorized as something it was not, but the “new normal” could turn out to be something that warrants renewed hope.
October 7, 2021
A Tale of Two Classrooms: Impressions of an Academic Year
Even in extraordinary times, Dickens reminds us to exercise caution around superlatives