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The Catholic Rubens

The Catholic painter Peter Paul Rubens presents a particular challenge to classification—decorative, theatrical, busy, pagan, and only superficially Christian.

The People's Republic of Amnesia

Chinese leadership sought to erase memory of the 1989 Tiananmen massacre entirely from the public, and they were highly successful. How? Four things.

Born from the Gaze of God

Written before he and seven fellow monks were kidnapped and beheaded in 1996, this personal journal reflects story of Algeria in crisis and courageous spirituality.

The Children Act

With his newest novel, Ian McEwan has effected a successful return to the moral and social complications of 'Saturday.'

The Charms of the Conqueror

Updike: Antithesis to today’s literary culture. Serenity, not struggle, his hallmark; praise, not pungency, his métier. And not one hour of writer's block.

My Two Italies

How can a civilization that produced Michelangelo and Fellini also have spawned the Mafia and Mussolini? And how can 'The Godfather' be an expression of ethnicity?

'Til Faith Do Us Part

Since 1960, the number of interfaith marriages in the U.S. has more than doubled. Do couples considering marriage underestimate the significance of religion?

Evolution, Games, and God

Evolution shows that humans aren’t only competitive. We can be cooperative and altruistic too—and we have a theologian and a mathematical biologist here to prove it.

Never Let a Serious Crisis Go to Waste

Philip Mirowski explains how neoliberals have survived and even flourished in the midst of the catastrophe they wrought, and how we, unknowingly, support them.

Discovering What Matters Most

The remarkable story of the Special Olympics, and how disability forever changed the lives of the Kennedy family.

Bookmarks | Fairy Tales Are More Than True

Donna Tartt's "The Goldfinch" and "The Secret History," and Helen Oyeyemi's "Boy, Snow, Bird" are not "literary realism" but something different, and dazzling.

Christmas Critics 2014

Histories of the Cold War era, novels by authors new and not-so-new, meditations on spirituality: These are some of the works discussed by our Christmas critics.
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An Unlikely Union

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Our Kids

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Why the Romantics Matter

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Kill Chain

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