reviews and commentary


11 Questions: Martha Moody by Susan Stinson

Buttery. Corporal. Reverent.


11 Questions: IRL by Chris Stedman

IRL takes the shame out of our dependence on the internet and helps us imagine new kinds of consolation and community for a fragmented and sometimes lonely world.


11 Questions: Beyond the Synagogue by Rachel B. Gross

Rachel B. Gross’s engrossing new book looks “beyond the synagogue” to find religious practice in museums, restaurants, and children’s books. Through years of wide-ranging travel, conversations, and reading, Rachel has written a book that has so much to tell us not just about Jewish experiences and identities in the US but about what nostalgia is…


11 Questions: The Secret Life of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw

“My mother made a peach cobbler so good, it made God himself cheat on his wife.”

William Blake's image of Ezekiel mourning his wife

Prophetic Confinement

“Go, be confined inside your house!” Pandemic parallels stretch back as far as the sixth century BCE, when even the prophets Ezekiel and Jeremiah were restricted to their homes during their ministry.

The Good Place

Getting to the Good Place

Can moral philosophy get Eleanor, Chidi, Jason, and Tahani to the Good Place, or do we need to talk, first, about salvation?



Why do some of us have to witness and bear the destruction of a world—a destruction that we did not make?


Pride in the Name of Power

Parsing the politics of Luverne, Alabama.


Hannah Gadsby Makes It Plain

The sacramental stand-up sermon we all need right now.

this woman is reflecting on herself by looking in the mirror

When A Guru Says “Get Over Yourself,” Beware

#MeToo moments in Buddhism and psychotherapy.


Tessering in 2018

A Wrinkle in Time’s Unified Theory of Love



On Peter Toscano’s “Transfigurations: Transgressing Gender In the Bible”.


Speaking in Tongues of Fire

Glossolalia–not just for Pentecost anymore.


Epiphany’s Choice

To honor in reverence, or destroy in fear?


Remember That the Devil Is Quite A Gentleman

There’s a long history of calling people the devil. It doesn’t usually turn out well.


Zombies and Guns

When did a movie monster become a reason for purchasing weapons? An excerpt from The Zombies Are Coming.


Lower Than Every Man

The humblest and most accessible Desert Father.


Scripture For A Dead God

Celebrating 160 years of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass.