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...]

What’s the good news about Christianity? N.T. Wright answers in “Simply Good News”


N.T. Wright’s new book, “Simply Good News: Why the Gospel Is News and What Makes It Good,” sets out to reorient and refocus the Christian faith by examining its central tenet: the gospel. [Read more...]

Faith is the task of a lifetime


I’m a Christian because of Søren Kierkegaard. The 19th-century Danish philosopher didn’t introduce me to Christianity, but he did, at a pivotal time in my life, provide the crucial encouragement that sustained my faith. [Read more...]

Chiseling away: Pulitzer Prize winner Ted Kooser’s “Splitting an Order”


Kooser’s careful observations of objects, animals, people and places reveal the beauty that exists everywhere around us. [Read more...]