Decay, or Renewal?

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The recent  New York Times  exploration  of the sexual world of the University of Pennsylvania claims that competitiveness and insecurity feed off each other to drive campus sexual culture: Typical of elite universities today, Penn is filled with driven young women, many of whom . . . . Continue Reading »

Fuller Seminary’s Art Immersion

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Summer intern Katherine Devorak’s  On the Square   reflects on her Fuller Seminary class, which “empowers and equips a new generation of artists and church leaders to effectively integrate worship, theology, and the arts.” The class instilled a love of the Church’s . . . . Continue Reading »

The Church in the Metropolis

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Peter J. Leithart traces the decline of traditional denominationalism in today’s column : A 2009  Barna survey  found that denominational commitments have gone squishy in mainline Protestant churches, and Evangelicals don’t fare much better than the rest. After a similar . . . . Continue Reading »

Word Compression Blues

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In his  On the Square  today , Russell E. Saltzman considers the fickleness of a member of the rising generation in the Internet Age: For the generation ahead of him, Facebook is still the social media choice. But his generation (I remember that phrase being used a lot) doesn’t like . . . . Continue Reading »

Visualizing the Human

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In today’s column , Victor Lee Austin reflects on the proliferation of ultrasound technology: Every young expectant couple I know today, without exception, when they have a prenatal visit, hope they will get to see the baby. Every baby’s photo book today has a sonogram for its first . . . . Continue Reading »

Disloyal Options on the Glorious Fourth

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Flags and fireworks. Generous helpings of out-of-context Declaration of Independence quotes. Quite a few hot dogs—New York City street cart vendors making a killing. But all these constituent elements of memorializing the courage of the planters, pastors, merchants, lawyers, and scholars who . . . . Continue Reading »

The NSA and the Man Who Was Shabbat

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  Recent revelations of the National Security Agency’s intrusive surveillance have provoked many nervous glances over the shoulder from Americans concerned to preserve individual civil liberties. Timothy George  pointed out today that the news, coming as it does in the wake of the . . . . Continue Reading »

Loving God and Neighbor in New York

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Across Fifth Avenue, Rockefeller Center and St. Patrick’s Cathedral confront each other. Aesthetically, the contrast is endlessly fascinating—the soaring monoliths of NBC Studios and the glittering Gothic symmetry of the cross-topped towers both certainly please the eyes. But the standoff . . . . Continue Reading »