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This Is What We Do, Panel Edition

This past Saturday Fare Forward held a panel discussion in Washington, DC on Will Seath's article "This Is What We Do", published in the most recent issue of FF. The piece was a profile on Chris Currie, a local official in Hyattsville, MD who has been a lead player in building up an organic Catholic community in this streetcar suburb. In particular, Currie helped to save a parish school, St. Jerome's, and has facilitated young Catholic families moving into the area, creating a community life c … [Read more...]

Talking About Thomism

Some books and songs and movies and talks stay with you, and the longer they stay with you, the more you feel the need to share them. This past January, I heard a short discussion of St. Thomas Aquinas's thought (called Thomism) that was among the most compelling I'd yet encountered. It's stayed with me, and I wanted to highlight it, especially in light of conversations I've had with some friends lately about putting Christ at the center of our discourse. Fr. Thomas Joseph White, a Dominican … [Read more...]

Religious Experience as an Assault on Autonomy

 There's a fascinating discussion going on right now about the nature of religious experience, which was kicked off by Ross Douthat and has come to involve such diverse writers as Noah Millman and David Sessions. Douthat's initial post was about an aspect of Charles Taylor's A Secular Age. One way to read Taylor is to say that people in a secular age have the same fundamental experiences as people in our religious past and simply interpret them differently. We experience the same realit … [Read more...]

Learning to Watch Movies

There’s a scene in the 2010 film Of Gods and Men in which a group of monks sit down for a meal. They are film’s protagonists, living in Algeria during the 1996 civil war. As French foreigners, they have the option to leave, and much of the drama revolves around their decision to stay despite the risks to their lives. The monks sit down to a “last supper” at which they both celebrate their community and struggle for the strength to face the coming danger.The camera slowly moves from one monk t … [Read more...]

What We Are: Mind, Body, and the Dangers of Dualism

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This is the first article from our summer issue. The whole issue will be released gradually over the next several weeks.  According to traditional Christian metaphysics, the human has a body and a soul. But these two things aren’t entirely separate substances, as if the soul was “located” in some part of the body and floats away out of the body like ectoplasma when an individual dies. Rather, the soul and the body form a substantial unity: a human being is both body and soul, and the two are ent … [Read more...]

Subscription Changes and Second Year Update

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 Earlier today we sent this email out to our email list. If you're interested in joining our email list, simply send us a message at the address listed below. It’s been a little over a year since Fare Forward launched, and the editors are thrilled with the progress the publication has made. We’ve released four strong issues, and our fifth issue debuts next week. We’ve seen steady growth in subscriptions, web traffic, and social media presence, and we’ve established fruitful relations … [Read more...]

Charles Murray, Dorothy Day, and Embedded Journalism

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One of the things we try to do with Fare Forward is find, learn from, and connect people who are doing interesting things with their lives, and who are applying the kind of rigorous thought we explore in our pages to projects and vocations. We hope to progressively feature more conversations with such people on the blog, as well as updates on Fare Forward’s own activities and projects.Anne Snyder is a research and editorial assistant at the New York Times, where she works closely with David B … [Read more...]


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