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October 08, 2018
Puritans Were Right: Stop Checking Your Email
The Puritan logic of the Sabbath does much better than our current advice to guard...
August 13, 2018
College Parties and Christian Ethics
Can theology fix the college-party scene? In a recent book, College Hookup Culture and Christian Ethics,...
July 16, 2018
Children’s Advocates: New England Puritans
Children are very much with us in summer. If this summer's most disheartening images feature...
June 12, 2018
The Anxious Bench’s Favorite Historic Sites in Europe
For many of us, summer is a time to leave home and explore other places....
April 23, 2018
Does Everything Happen For a Reason?
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March 12, 2018
Do Puritans (still) hold the key to America?
Marilynne Robinson, writer of beautiful novels and perspicacious essays, turns some attention to New England...
February 12, 2018
When the Neighbors See Mary
In the mid-1990s my husband and I, living in southern Germany for his fellowship year,...
October 23, 2017
Devotion to Luther and the Saints
Saints are not to be idolized, obviously, but nor are they supposed to be milked...
September 25, 2017
Beware The Crucible
The first time it happened I thought it was a fluke, a funny self-referential New...
July 31, 2017
What to do about what’s wrong with America
One of the happy characteristics of America, mythical or actual, is its hospitality to those...
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The Anxious Bench’s Favorite Historic Sites East of the Mississippi
Let The Anxious Bench help you plan your summer travels, as we share some of...
June 05, 2017
Does Hamilton Have to Sing?
Step away from that soundtrack! Last month Library of America released The Essential Hamilton by...
April 10, 2017
Adam and Eve Are Not Dead
Bruce Feiler has put Adam and Eve back in vogue with his book The First...
March 27, 2017
Leadership for All?
Enough already with leadership. What we need are some good followers. This is the bottom...
February 27, 2017
The Benedict Option, New England Edition
Ian Lovett’s recent Wall Street Journal essay traces a growing trend among traditional Christians to...
January 30, 2017
Birth and Eating as Resistance Movements
Should Christians have any particular care about food and eating? Should Christians have any particular...
November 08, 2016
Election Day Reading Material from The Anxious Bench
Whether you want to read more about the 2016 election - or find something to...
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Art and the Work of the People
This moment might seem an uncanny one for finding beauty and common purpose, but John E. Skillen...
August 01, 2016
How to Pray for a Presidential Candidate You Don’t Like
Under current circumstances, praying people might puzzle over how to pray for leaders they do...
January 18, 2016
Drawn to the Women Saints
“I am not Catholic, and yet I find myself drawn to the women saints,” admits...
December 21, 2015
The tourist arrives in a city like Florence, Italy, ready to gape at the Renaissance....
March 02, 2015
How to live in terrible times
The news is terrible lately. Maybe news always is bad. Many eras bristle with horror,...
January 05, 2015
New Year, Old You
Many of us already have bound ourselves to resolutions this year. After fitness the most...
March 31, 2014
April’s First Things boasts not one but two worthy articles on embryos. I agree with...
June 24, 2013
Blessing upon Childbirth–Royal and Otherwise
The imminent birth of an heir—Prince William and Duchess Kate’s baby due within a few...
May 27, 2013
“No Purely Feminine Woman”
“While women sometimes wished to be men in order to partake of their freedoms and...
April 29, 2013
Discovering Saints and Sisters
In 2005 some visitors to a German museum accidentally found themselves in an exhibit called...
March 18, 2013
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That children should do chores might seem so obvious as to be unworthy of mention. ...
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