Friendship and Vocation

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A few years ago, Gallup asked employees in 152 organizations in 26 countries whether they were likely to have a best friend at work. The question was part of its overall assessment of “employee engagement,” which also asked employees other questions about the company’s mission, its growth and development, employee recognition and praise, whether your supervisor cares about you as a person, and so on. Not too surprisingly, average engagement among employees in Canada and the US are among the highe … [Read more...]

Miscellany and Divine Transcendence

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In the summer issue of Fare Forward, due out shortly, my essay on “Cancer and Divine Transcendence” will examine some ways Christians have responded to suffering, and argue that our popular conceptions of providence oft go awry when we overlook the real distinction between God the First Cause and his created second causes.  Discussing those who mistakenly speak about tragic events as if their badness were merely illusory, I’ll explain, Overlooking divine transcendence and collapsing God down int … [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...]

Religion, Intelligence, and Socialization

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The Independent just reported that “religious people are less intelligent.” Whatever remains of the “new atheist” crowd will argue that this study proves that education causes one to reject religion. Atheism is academic. Being enlightened or “bright” means you reject that dim-witted dogmatism of your fathers.The problem is, of course, that secularism has long been dominant in the academy. Take a group of impressionable young students— selected specifically for their intelligence—who care very … [Read more...]

Millennial Presumptions

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Rachel Held Evans’ latest post at CNN's religion blog has stirred up controversy in just the way RHE knows how to do so well. See here and here for some reactions. Part of what’s challenging about her piece (and all her writing, really) is that it contains a lot of truth. In her comments on liturgy, authenticity, and a broader Christian cultural-political mandate, RHE offers or, at least, approaches some important insights.  The merits of some of her points have not been fully appreciated by some … [Read more...]

What the Church Can Learn from the Reza Aslan Affair

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Reza Aslan has become famous for what has quickly become dubbed "Fox News' Worst Interview" about his new book Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. I agree with Robert Long's assessment at The American Conservative that the interview is motivated by bulverism, which attempts to show why a man has come to the incorrect position before demonstrating that he is incorrect. Bulverism in general accounts for a significant portion of religious reporting and indeed for any interesting subj … [Read more...]

A Utopian and an Acadian

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I come from Colorado Springs, a conservative town.  I go to school at a liberal law school in the northeast.  As such, I get swamped with political rhetoric from the left and right, and much of it is seething. Like those around me, I often fall into the trap of partisanship. The self-congratulation that comes from condemning a political rival is delicious, but it has consequences, the worst of which is my assumption about people on the other side.  I think of them not merely as stupid and ig … [Read more...]


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