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April 24, 2015
The Soul of the Law
At the beginning of the old Norton Anthology of English Literature (4th Ed.) appeared this...
April 07, 2015
Saving the World: A Reflection on Germanwings Flight 9525
A couple of weeks ago, a German man decided to kill himself. There are thousands...
April 03, 2015
It Is Finished: Christ’s Words from the Cross
When Jesus had taken the wine, he said, “It is finished.” And bowing his head,...
April 01, 2015
Never Again: Netanyahu’s Holocaust Cliché
In the air, on the air, tunneling through cables, conquering newsrooms, occupying the mouths of...
March 09, 2015
Sojourners in the Darkness
My mother, an uneducated woman in her sixties, said she would ask [his murderer] to...
February 26, 2015
The Courage of Men
By Suzanne M. Wolfe Twenty one men dressed in orange jump-suits are kneeling in a...
February 19, 2015
After the Killings in Chapel Hill
It’s less than forty-eight hours since Craig Stephen Hicks shot and killed three Muslim students...
February 18, 2015
The Sex Offender and the Cross
Guest post by Paul Luikart One day the girl I loved called me up—out of...
February 13, 2015
Monasticism In Lockdown America, Part 5: Holy Elders
With their white beards and deep lines in their faces, the older men stand out...
February 12, 2015
All I saw of the deer at first was the eye: domed, amber and pellucid,...
February 11, 2015
Hazel Motes Is Out of Time
TCM broadcast John Huston’s film version of Wise Blood yesterday, and I wound up watching...
January 29, 2015
The Sublime and Beautiful
From antiquity to the Enlightenment, one of the great aesthetic dichotomies involved the sublime and...
October 27, 2014
Riding the Waves
My sons argue over Avengers characters. The littlest insists he’s Captain America. Another claims Hawkeye....
October 21, 2014
Fury: The Beautification of Violence?
Guest post by Christine A. Scheller I loathe violent movies. When my husband watches them...
September 12, 2014
The Machinery of Cowardice Fails the Children of Rotherham
My children once heard someone address me as “Doctor,” and so they asked me if...
June 19, 2014
Medicating the Religious Mind
I’ve been taking an antidepressant for six months now. Psychiatry wins: I’m a more functional...
June 06, 2014
A Jew Prays in Venice, Part 2
Continued from yesterday. On the pleasant train ride from Florence to Venice, my wife Laurie...
December 23, 2013
I once watched a boy steal all my Christmas presents. I lay on my stomach...
July 23, 2013
The Impossible Shows Us How To Live
If you were to live a day as though you’d be dead at the end...
May 23, 2013
Why We Can’t Look Away
The morning I learned about the women in Cleveland, I knew from a single headline...
May 14, 2013
Deliver Us from Evil
Guest Post By Nancy Nordenson The day after the massacre at Sandy Hook elementary school...
April 25, 2013
Israel at 65: Caught in a Homeland Trap
“People caught in a homeland-trap,” writes the late Israeli poet Yehuda Amichai in “National Thoughts,”...
April 17, 2013
Mother of Sorrows: Colm Toibin’s
Testament of Mary
Good Letters welcomes back former blogger Jessica Mesman Griffith, author of the new book Love...
April 11, 2013
Guest Post By David P. Clark, M.D. On the day I graduated from medical school...
April 02, 2013
Love Thy Neighbor…and Her Lice
Guest Post By Cathy Warner I’d only known her a month when Blythe called with...
March 28, 2013
We Are Not Forsaken
My daughter’s teeth were clenched from the brain tumor and so I would hold her...
March 15, 2013
Rodeo and the Church Calendar
Despite my Christian upbringing, I didn’t grow up with the church calendar. Easter was a...
March 08, 2013
Can I Offer Up My Suffering?
“Pain is an evil, suffering is an evil. We mustn’t desire it. We don’t desire...
March 01, 2013
Feeling the Questions:
A Serious Man
“Why does he make us feel the questions if he won’t give us the answers?”...
February 26, 2013
We Are All Immigrants
Several years ago I had the humbling honor of sharing my journey as a convert...
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