Bathsheba mourning Uriah

Hebrew Bible | Biblical narratives | slavery | culture wars

Imagining History without Heroes and Villains

What the Hebrew Bible can teach Americans about reckoning with the fallenness of our nation's founders

September 14, 2020
hypocrisy

protests | #blacklivesmatter | George Floyd

The Hypocrisy Juke

Responding when people say “protest this, not that”

July 7, 2020
MLK

Martin Luther King Jr. | protests | George Floyd | Race and religion

Asking the Right Questions about Riots

Contemplating the questions we should and shouldn't be asking about riots by looking to the example of Martin Luther King Jr.

June 4, 2020
heroes

Coronavirus | Reinhold Niebuhr

We Need Fewer Heroes

Exploring the tension between our praise of everyday heroes and the social instability that necessitates them

May 8, 2020
CV

Coronavirus | William James

The Strange War on COVID-19

William James and the potential benefits of “war” analogies for fighting COVID-19

April 9, 2020
Marvel

Film | Ernest Becker | pop culture

Film Resurrections and the Denial of Death

Exploring the resurrection trope in American cinema and what it reveals about us

March 2, 2020
buber

Martin Buber | politics

Martin Buber’s Hope in Polarized Times

The important lesson a midcentury speech by the Jewish philosopher holds for “this hour”

February 3, 2020
nagasaki

Iran | religious ethics

How War Bypasses Morality

Examining how wartime decisions often end up violating our ethical beliefs about war

January 6, 2020
Muppets

Christmas | Max Weber | Civil Religion

Christmas Movies and the Religious Dimensions of Story Structure

Can religion help settle the debate about whether or not Die Hard is a Christmas movie?

December 2, 2019
Peace Prize

peace-making

How to Win a Nobel Peace Prize

Who wins the Nobel Peace Prize? And what does it teach us about the last century?

November 4, 2019