Editor-at-large, The American Interest Online.
The Light at the End of the Yule Blog
Christmas is important to Christians because from their point of view the Baby Jesus is the meaning of Christmas, and the meaning of Christmas is the meaning of life.
How Real Is the Meaning?
The Gospels occupy a kind of center point in human culture as a whole: products of a particular time and place, but comprehensible to all.
Sitting in Darkness, Blogging the Light
If we leave religion out of our national conversation, we end up with a vapid conversation that doesn’t address the deepest realities that move most of the people in this country.
The GOP Takes a Hack at the Healthcare Gordian Knot
A screwed-up repeal of Obamacare is likely to have fewer political repercussions than passing it in the first place. Still, Republicans may soon wish they had taken a slower and steadier path to repeal and reform.
The Mother of All Meaning
To get any insight at all into what Jesus’ childhood and upbringing were like, you have to do something that sometimes makes Protestants uncomfortable: study Mary.
The flawed human race, trapped in a cycle of cascading pain and wrong is what, and who, God is bound and determined to love; the question is how can He do it?
One for All
The Christmas story suggests that we can somehow try to be loyal members of our nations, our families, our tribes—and also to reach out to the broader human community of which we are also a part.