Love in the Anthropocene


“How will love arise in a world without nature as we have known it?” This is the central question of “Love in the Anthropocene,” a newly-released collection of two essays and five short stories jointly written by environmental philosopher Dale Jamieson and novelist Bonnie Nadzam. [Read more...]

Are Atheists Just Rebelling Against God?


We’re all familiar with the atheist caricature: that rude and crude purveyor of mockery and disdain for everything religious. [Read more...]

The Paranormal Conspiracy: The Truth about Ghosts, Aliens and Mysterious Beings


I’m a skeptic. Perhaps not quite skeptical enough for my atheist friends, but nevertheless I’m extremely dubious about claims of paranormal and supernatural experience. The Ouija board doesn’t work for me, I’ve never seen a UFO, and though I go hiking in the mountains almost every weekend, I’ve never run across Bigfoot. Bears: yes. Bigfoot: no. [Read more...]

One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America


Kevin Kruse’s new book, “One Nation Under God: How Corporate America Invented Christian America,” engagingly traces the rise of the Christian Right as a political force in America. [Read more...]

How (and why) Adam and Eve evolved


What really happened at the dawn of human existence? Were Adam and Eve real people? Was there really a Garden of Eden? Did sin really enter the world through a piece of fruit? Do Christians really have to believe all this stuff, even when science seems to point in a different direction? [Read more...]

Can gentleness save evangelical apologetics?


“Apologetics itself has become a problem. It has become a problem in both its content and its spirit.” So says the late Dallas Willard in a new book about apologetics, The Allure of Gentleness: Defending the Faith in the Manner of Jesus, (HarperOne, $26.99). In a series of talks that were compiled and edited by [Read More...]

Can Christians and Muslims be friends?


Can Christians and Muslims be friends? For Mennonite missionary David Shenk, the answer is not only a resounding yes, but a resounding imperative that we must diligently pursue and cultivate such friendships. [Read more...]

Does “The Moral Arc” bend towards truth and justice?


Michael Shermer is an optimist who argues that religion’s tribalistic and xenophobic roots establish it as inherently opposed to true moral progress. [Read more...]