Not So Secular Sweden

From the June/July 2014 Print Edition

It’s 4 a.m. and I’m in an eighteenth-century Swedish castle that has been transformed into an ecumenical monastic community run by Pentecostals. I gather my bags and descend a grand staircase, past family portraits going back generations, past neo-­classical statues, past Coptic, Russian, and . . . . Continue Reading »


From Web Exclusives

It is a bipartisan moment to be cherished. Rick Santorum called the President a snob for wanting everyone in America to go to college, and now Obama has come around to Santorum’s side. As the President said to a General Electric plant in Wisconsin this year: “I promise you, folks can . . . . Continue Reading »

Living Offering

From the February 2014 Print Edition

When your child is wrapped up in her own umbilical cord, the further the labor progresses, the worse off she is. One learns this when accompanying one’s wife through a day, a night, and then another full day and night of labor.Yards of heart monitor printouts are puzzled over by shift-swapping . . . . Continue Reading »

Our Lady of Wheaton

From the October 2013 Print Edition

Mary, it seems, is a hot Evangelical topic. As a new professor at Wheaton College, I proposed a course focusing on the Virgin Mary and braced for resistance, but intrigued approval was all that came my way. Nor was I alone. I learned that another course on the Virgin was being offered in a . . . . Continue Reading »

Coincidence? (Part 2)

From First Thoughts

[caption id=”attachment_60786” align=”alignnone” width=”510”] Patriarch Athenagoras & Pope Paul VI (1965) / Patriarch Bartholomew & Pope Francis (2013)[/caption] As if Part 1 wasn’t impressive enough. . . . . Continue Reading »

Release the Doves!

From First Thoughts

“I was glad to have hit the first home run in this park. God only knows who will hit the last,” said Babe Ruth of the old Yankee stadium.  Technically that was José Molina, but I like to think it was Benedict XVI.  While we’re all swapping tales, I saw him in that . . . . Continue Reading »

Evangelicals and Orthodox Together

From First Thoughts

While we’re making parallels between evangelicals and Catholics , why not do the same for evangelical and Orthodox thought (as represented in First Things )? Here is David Hart on the God helmet (which only subscribers will have had the pleasure of reading). Now, in fact, there really would . . . . Continue Reading »