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From the archives: Pornography is not simply changing our tastes, but literally changing the way our brains think.
05/16/2019
In Bondage to Pornography | Carl R. Trueman

From the archives: Pornography is not simply changing our tastes, but literally changing the way our brains think.

Scientific research has disturbing implications for building ethics on the principle of consent.

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05/16/2019
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the tingled lips,bark smooth to fingertipsyour own trunk pulsing throughwith love. With coffee, too.https://ftmag.co/2Vz...
05/16/2019
Drugged | Alison Brackenbury

the tingled lips,
bark smooth to fingertips

your own trunk pulsing through
with love. With coffee, too.
https://ftmag.co/2Vz8HXD

It is warmth which floods you,the plane tree, peeling, new, the bud, the tingled lips,bark smooth to . . . .

Matthew Schmitz
05/16/2019
Matthew Schmitz

Matthew Schmitz

Pope Francis’s actions regarding the death penalty and Communion for the remarried have heightened the contradictions, exposing the hermeneutic of continuity to the attacks of Lefebvrists and liberals alike.

In the 40 years or more since Wodehouse’s death, his characters have gone from strength to strength. From the print ed...
05/16/2019
Carry On, Plum | Richard Rex

In the 40 years or more since Wodehouse’s death, his characters have gone from strength to strength. From the print edition:

Jeeves and the King of Clubs:  A Novel in Homage to P.G. Wodehouse by ben schott little, . . . .

If Notre Dame truly finds pornography abhorrent, it should not be providing it on its own dime.
05/16/2019
Notre Dame Students Against Porn | Jim Martinson

If Notre Dame truly finds pornography abhorrent, it should not be providing it on its own dime.

Despite student wishes, Notre Dame has refused to implement an anti-porn Wi-Fi filter. 

Today: Join us for a book discussion with author Randy Boyagoda.
05/16/2019
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Today: Join us for a book discussion with author Randy Boyagoda.

A Book Discussion with Randy Boyagoda

Jane Austen was interested in the public and institutional dimension of Christianity—its role as a national “teacher...
05/15/2019
Jane Austen, Public Theologian | Peter J. Leithart

Jane Austen was interested in the public and institutional dimension of Christianity—its role as a national “teacher” of morals. From the archives:

That Austen recognized the absence and failure of the Church in combating individualism makes her a . . . .

I cut a hawthorn, stripped the outer barkwhich left five shades of red to contemplate.The first, as dark as blood, the S...
05/15/2019
Fashioning a Walking Stick | Charles Southerland

I cut a hawthorn, stripped the outer bark
which left five shades of red to contemplate.
The first, as dark as blood, the Savior’s mark.

I cut a hawthorn, stripped the outer barkwhich left five shades of red to contemplate.The first, as . . . .

Aaron Lipkin and Daoud Nassar sow seeds of peace in the Holy Land.
05/15/2019
Hilltops of the Holy Land | John Murdock

Aaron Lipkin and Daoud Nassar sow seeds of peace in the Holy Land.

The prospects for crafting a system under which both Aaron Lipkin and Daoud Nassar can see his family flourish in safety seem slim. 

Join us at our Manhattan office on Thursday for a book discussion with author Randy Boyagoda.
05/15/2019
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Join us at our Manhattan office on Thursday for a book discussion with author Randy Boyagoda.

A Book Discussion with Randy Boyagoda

One remaining prejudice—against white men—is not only tolerated but encouraged at universities. From the print editi...
05/15/2019
An Acceptable Prejudice | Elizabeth C. Corey

One remaining prejudice—against white men—is not only tolerated but encouraged at universities. From the print edition:

Contemporary universities are doing their best to eradicate prejudice and bias. Yet one remaining . . . .

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Is it true—as some scholars have claimed—that “philia” was once a utilitarian calculation, and often a political...
05/14/2019
Friendship in the Classical World | Gilbert Meilaender

Is it true—as some scholars have claimed—that “philia” was once a utilitarian calculation, and often a politically motivated one? From the archives:

Among the “first things” of life in the classical world of Greece and Rome was friendship. As . . . .

the crumpled leaves that ride the rushmake visible a crystal underhush               that gives the movement ground.
05/14/2019
Stream | Andrew Frisardi

the crumpled leaves that ride the rush
make visible a crystal underhush
that gives the movement ground.

after reading Richard Wilbur’s “Hamlen Brook”      Gliding upon cascades of . . . .

In Zweig’s works the people come alive, one wants to read on, and the unpredictable never seems implausible. From the ...
05/14/2019
Stefan Zweig, European Man | Joseph Epstein

In Zweig’s works the people come alive, one wants to read on, and the unpredictable never seems implausible. From the print edition:

The Collected Novellas of Stefan Zweig by stefan zweig translated by anthea bell pushkin, 384 . . . .

Join us at our Manhattan office this Thursday for a book discussion with author Randy Boyagoda.
05/14/2019
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Join us at our Manhattan office this Thursday for a book discussion with author Randy Boyagoda.

A Book Discussion with Randy Boyagoda

Amid gloom in the Holy Land, some still sow seeds of peace.
05/14/2019
Hilltops of the Holy Land | John Murdock

Amid gloom in the Holy Land, some still sow seeds of peace.

The prospects for crafting a system under which both Aaron Lipkin and Daoud Nassar can see his family flourish in safety seem slim. 

When chimpanzees escaped from the Royal zoo, the men of the city responded accordingly: with shotguns.
05/14/2019
Chimpanzee Disaster | Hannah Niemeier

When chimpanzees escaped from the Royal zoo, the men of the city responded accordingly: with shotguns.

The residents of Royal, Nebraska, loved their zoo to death.

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05/14/2019
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In a chaotic and empty world, the fullness of life is realized by discovering the greater fullness of the divine. From t...
05/13/2019
On Two Moons and a Prayer | Randy Boyagoda

In a chaotic and empty world, the fullness of life is realized by discovering the greater fullness of the divine. From the archives:

1Q84 by haruki murakami, translated by jay rubin and philip gabrielknopf, 944 pages, $30.50 Much to . . . .

From the archives: We encounter personal tragedy much less often than the Victorians did, but we talk about it all the t...
05/13/2019
Brothers and Other Perils | Betty Smartt Carter

From the archives: We encounter personal tragedy much less often than the Victorians did, but we talk about it all the time.

Learning lessons from Molly Hughes’s rollicking chronicles of Victorian family life.

Family, nation, and God are not items on an à la carte menu. They form a set of coterminous super-loyalties. From the p...
05/13/2019
Broken Family, Broken Country | John Waters

Family, nation, and God are not items on an à la carte menu. They form a set of coterminous super-loyalties. From the print edition:

My Father Left Me Ireland:  An American Son’s Search For Home by michael brendan dougherty . . . .

It is warmth which floods you,the plane tree, peeling, new.
05/13/2019
Drugged | Alison Brackenbury

It is warmth which floods you,
the plane tree, peeling, new.

It is warmth which floods you,the plane tree, peeling, new, the bud, the tingled lips,bark smooth to . . . .

Please join us this Thursday for a book discussion with author Randy Boyagoda. RSVP and find more info below:
05/13/2019
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Please join us this Thursday for a book discussion with author Randy Boyagoda. RSVP and find more info below:

A Book Discussion with Randy Boyagoda

The residents of Royal, Nebraska, held their one hope for survival so tightly that they suffocated it.
05/13/2019
Chimpanzee Disaster | Hannah Niemeier

The residents of Royal, Nebraska, held their one hope for survival so tightly that they suffocated it.

The residents of Royal, Nebraska, loved their zoo to death.

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05/13/2019
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The resurrection of Jesus does not entitle us to think that the Church can never die, but only that death will not be th...
05/12/2019
Who Really Cares About Christian Unity? | Bruce D. Marshall

The resurrection of Jesus does not entitle us to think that the Church can never die, but only that death will not be the last word upon it. From the archives:

Future historians of Christianity may well describe the century just past as the age of ecumenism; . . . .

A Canadian father is being persecuted for “misgendering” his daughter.
05/12/2019
The New Family Violence | Douglas Farrow

A Canadian father is being persecuted for “misgendering” his daughter.

A Canadian court is persecuting a father for “misgendering” his daughter.

From the archives: People who watch “Girls” and read Jane Austen are moving between incommensurable moral worlds whe...
05/11/2019
Lena Dunham's Inviolable Self | Alan Jacobs

From the archives: People who watch “Girls” and read Jane Austen are moving between incommensurable moral worlds whether they know it or not.

Alan Jacobs contrasts the moral worlds of Jane Austen . . . .

The most bitter animosities often arise within sects that have the most in common. From the archives:
05/11/2019
The Cross Under the Crescent | Gary A. Anderson

The most bitter animosities often arise within sects that have the most in common. From the archives:

The Church in the Shadow of the Mosque:Christians and Muslims in the World of Islam by sidney h. . . . .

Many of Francis’s statements can be interpreted as both orthodox and heterodox.
05/11/2019
Is Pope Francis a Heretic? | Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. Cap.

Many of Francis’s statements can be interpreted as both orthodox and heterodox.

The fact that Pope Francis articulates his positions in an ambiguous manner makes it almost impossible to accuse him rightly of heresy. 

An economy that does not value the things that matter produces a society shaped in its own image.
05/11/2019
The Big Tech Threat | Josh Hawley

An economy that does not value the things that matter produces a society shaped in its own image.

Social media shareholders are investing in the addiction of users. 

From the archives: The Russian Church provides ideological support for the imperialist Russian state.
05/10/2019
​A Church Of Empire | Sergei Chapnin

From the archives: The Russian Church provides ideological support for the imperialist Russian state.

I joined the Russian Church late in 1989, becoming actively involved in its life soon thereafter. . . . .

“Even the greatest miracle of healing is primarily a sign of something still greater.” From the print edition:
05/10/2019
Grace, Continued | Patricia Snow

“Even the greatest miracle of healing is primarily a sign of something still greater.” From the print edition:

Then, for three years, I traveled wherever Grace traveled. ­Wherever she went, I went, and after . . . .

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