Spies and lies

The most significant moral characteristic of a nation is its hypocrisy.”
—Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society

Against Happiness: In Praise of Melancholy

In 1621 Robert Burton published The Anatomy of Melancholy, and now, nearly 400 years later, Eric Wilson has given us what amounts to an apology for melancholy. Aristotle and other intellectual immortals have observed that a disproportionate number of geniuses suffer from the inexplicable sadness that is melancholy.

Public pews

For the past four decades the mainline Protestant churches have been working hard to shape public discourse and national policy through their Washington offices.

A Mended and Broken Heart/Conversations with St. Francis

French Protestant pastor Paul Sabatier was the first modern biographer of St. Francis of Assisi. His book, first published in French in 1894, quickly became a best seller throughout Europe and was translated into English and published in the U.S. by 1906.

Sex and the Soul: Juggling Sexuality, Spirituality, Romance, and Religion on America's College Campuses

When I was a student at St. Olaf College in the 1990s, sex was not the center of my educational experience. Of course, it had its place. But I was busy with a lot of other things too. I was concerned about my future.