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George Yancy: Is Your God Dead?

I don’t mean the God of the philosophers or the scholars, but, as Blaise Pascal said, the “God of Abraham, God of Isaac, God of Jacob.” With no disrespect, I … Continue reading

June 21, 2017 · 2 Comments

John Samuel Tieman: Of Guns And Our Crazy Neighbor

I teach in Belleville, Illinois, a suburb of St. Louis. Belleville is the home of James Hodgkinson, the man who opened fire on congressmen and staffers at a G. O. … Continue reading

June 18, 2017 · 3 Comments

Elizabeth Kirschner: Parochial Pain

Screened-in porch. In summer. Orchard darkness in a fox pelt of woods. Quiet flat as a dime, as the Midwest itself. I rock, smoke cigarettes. The bead-heads of tobacco smell … Continue reading

June 17, 2017 · Leave a comment

Jimmy Carter: Why I severed my ties to the Southern Baptist Convention

Women and girls have been discriminated against for too long in a twisted interpretation of the word of God. I have been a practicing Christian all my life and a … Continue reading

June 15, 2017 · 2 Comments

Alison R. Parker: Being Jewish in Trump’s America is a profoundly unsettling reality

I never believed that anti-Semitism had disappeared, or ever would. But neither did I ever expect to live with the kind of fear and torment that older generations spoke of in … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · 5 Comments

Max S. Gordon: Bill Cosby Himself — Fame, Narcissism and Sexual Violence

There is a black woman who works security in our building.  Leaving for the day a few weeks ago, I skip our morning salutation and jump right in: “Oh, chile, … Continue reading

June 7, 2017 · Leave a comment

David Michael Green: Stop Legitimizing ‘Conservatism’. It’s Not an Ideology – It’s a Goddamn Death Machine

There’s no end to the maladies that ail American politics these days.  It would, indeed, be far easier and quicker to identify what’s working than to itemize the travails that … Continue reading

June 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

John Samuel Tieman: What to do with the Confederate War Memorial?

Recently my wife and I were in Bentonville, Arkansas. The town square is like the setting of a Sherwood Anderson novel — quaint shops, courthouse. At the center of the … Continue reading

May 21, 2017 · 1 Comment

Greg Thielen: Bumper Sticker Politics in the Age of Trump

I grew up in Arizona during a time when it was more desert than concrete, when there were a lot of dirty pickup trucks sporting gun racks, roll bars, and, … Continue reading

May 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

Daniel R. Cobb: My Advice to Women: Lie

The scourge of gender-based income inequality has been with us seemingly forever. Generally, the pay gap has narrowed over the decades; according to a Pew Research Center analysis of median … Continue reading

May 10, 2017 · Leave a comment

Daniel Burston: Civility and Academic Freedom

American Universities in the Age of Trump I’ve been teaching university-level courses – first as an adjunct, then as a full time academic – since January of 1987. In the … Continue reading

April 23, 2017 · 1 Comment

Paul Christensen: In Praise of Spring

As I got down from the car after shopping, my wife led me to the side yard. She pointed down into the tangle of winter grass and let me discover … Continue reading

April 19, 2017 · Leave a comment

Patricia A. Nugent: Resurrecting Jesus

“…Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.” Bow head at His name. Finish the Hail Mary. Make the sign of the cross. Blow … Continue reading

April 16, 2017 · 11 Comments

Herman Hesse: Trees

For me, trees have always been the most penetrating preachers. I revere them when they live in tribes and families, in forests and groves. And even more I revere them … Continue reading

April 7, 2017 · Leave a comment