• <em>What the Editors Are Reading</em>
    Reviews
    May 26, 2020

    What the Editors Are Reading

    Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella of split personality, the Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886), and The Rise and Fall of the Great Powers (1987) by Paul Kennedy
  • <em>Books in Brief</em>
    Reviews
    May 26, 2020

    Books in Brief

    The Art of Statistics, by David Spiegelhalter (Basic Books; 448 pp., $32.00). Uncanny Valley: A Memoir, by Anna Wiener (MCD; 288 pp., $27.00).
  • Praying Alone
    Column
    May 26, 2020

    Praying Alone

    When Americans look back on 2020, the year of the virus, they will see multiple transformations. I fear that some of the most sweeping changes will come in the realm of religion, marking a grim turning point in the story of American faith.
  • Monocultural Resilience
    Column
    May 26, 2020

    Monocultural Resilience

    At the end of the ongoing global melodrama’s first quarter, it seems reasonable to predict that this will be a two-act play with the final curtain coming down in July. It will end as a tragedy, not because the outcome was preordained…
  • Go Big or Go Home
    Column
    May 26, 2020

    Go Big or Go Home

    Before the coronavirus slammed into the United States in a way that few foresaw, it seemed Donald Trump was heading to reelection based on a record of genuine, though modest, accomplishments.
  • The Pandemic of Godlessness
    Column
    May 26, 2020

    The Pandemic of Godlessness

    It is a universally acknowledged truth that when epidemics strike, men and women turn to God.
  • Virginia's Creeping Authoritarianism
    Views
    May 26, 2020

    Virginia's Creeping Authoritarianism

    Even before the nationwide government crackdown in the wake of the COVID-19 virus, the unprecedented reaction of Virginia’s government against civilian protestors showcased the potential for authoritarianism to rear its head in America…
  • The Theatrical Tradition of Dorothy Sayers
    Society & Culture
    May 26, 2020

    The Theatrical Tradition of Dorothy Sayers

    In 1941, bestselling novelist Dorothy L. Sayers (1893-1957) ignited a religious controversy that reverberated throughout England. Ironically, Sayers was motivated not by a defiance of tradition but by an intense desire to preserve it.
  • An Easter Reflection: The Mystery of Goodness
    Correspondence
    May 26, 2020

    An Easter Reflection: The Mystery of Goodness

    The sun broke through the thin, whispery clouds, and its reflection in a pool of water collected from the previous night’s rain caught my eye. Suddenly the day was bright and the morning as clear and joyful as hope itself. Resurrection Day.
  • Hankering Hereafter
    Column
    May 26, 2020

    Hankering Hereafter

    The Invisible Man (2020) • Seven Stages to Achieve Eternal Bliss (2018) • Panic in the Streets (1950)
  • Plague Literature: The Threshing Floor
    Society & Culture
    May 26, 2020

    Plague Literature: The Threshing Floor

    Since plague is one of those natural disasters whose origin cannot be assigned to human agency, it can pose seemingly insoluble moral problems…Does God in fact directly will suffering, or does he merely permit it?
  • A Skeptic on the Road of Saints
    Reviews
    May 26, 2020

    A Skeptic on the Road of Saints

    Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Timothy Egan’s latest book chronicles his pilgrimage along the Via Francigena.
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