Spirituality

Blessings in Disguise

To her fans—and there are many, from critic James Wood to Barack Obama—Robinson shows that old-fashioned virtues like seriousness and simplicity are still virtues.

Last Word: The Divine Spark

Seeing Catholicism through Muriel Spark's conversion; understanding the creed through her narrators.

'A True Story?'

I sensed my children's souls but couldn’t offer them certainty about the divine. What I could offer was my willingness to say “I don’t know."

Jesus the Forgiving Victim

Alison is trying to administer a radical corrective to how the faith is often presented, and he backs it up with a sophistication that usually justify his excesses.

Living with a Wild God

A dedicated religious nonbeliever tries to make sense of recurring, “strange” episodes of altered consciousness in her life, episodes similar to those of believers.

Something Is Wrong

To know you need help that you cannot somehow conjure up through your own power frees you. You have to turn from yourself to something outside yourself.

Mark of Belonging

A decade ago, who would have guessed that controversies about male circumcision would roil European countries and achieve resonance in the United States?

Poetry and the Contemplative Life

The term “contemplative life" is one that is much mistreated. It is more often used than defined, and that is why arguments about the respective merits...

An Interview with Christian Wiman

The poet discusses "accidental theologies," Gerard Manley Hopkins, faith in literature, and what it's like no longer being the editor of Poetry magazine.

Radical Amazement

The most profound experience of art, or of worship, or of serious desire, involves us in something that is not limited by our own perception.

An Unbelieving Age

That the death of God involves the death of Man is Christian doctrine, a fact of which Nietzsche seems not to have been aware.

Near Occasion

Many artists and writers, not necessarily religious, speak of the influence of religious language on their work.
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Book Reviews

Latino Pentecostals in America

February 5, 2015 | 1 comment

Gay and Catholic

January 22, 2015 | 6 comments

Born from the Gaze of God

January 12, 2015 | 0 comments

Jesus the Forgiving Victim

September 29, 2014 | 2 comments

Living with a Wild God

September 29, 2014 | 1 comment

Unruly Passions

December 6, 2013 | 0 comments

A Mossy Graveyard

November 4, 2013 | 0 comments

Goaded by Doubt

September 2, 2013 | 1 comment