So many American ventures into the Middle East go awry because policy makers know so little about the region. Robin Wright, who has been a correspondent in Middle Eastern and other countries for 35 years, attempts to address this ignorance.

Back home in Gilead

In the last few months, virtually every mainstream periodical in the United States that pays attention to serious fiction has carried a prominent review of Marilynne Robinson’s new novel, Home. And just as with Gilead, her 2004 novel, the critical response has been an oddly illuminating combination of adulation, puzzlement and exasperation.

Liberty of Conscience: InDefense ofAmerica’s Tradition of ReligiousEquality

My university had long used students’ Social Security numbers as a means of identification on class attendance sheets, financial aid forms and campus ID cards. It was a convenient practice.

The Way Is Made by Walking: A Pilgrimage Along the Camino de Santiago

Erasmus, writing in the early 16th century, provided a scathing critique of the waning, often abusive practice of Christian pilgrimage in his day.


Barbara Blodgett, director of supervised ministries at Yale Divinity School, has written what may be the best book yet on the crucial issue of pastoral trust. She defines trust as an act, a practice, something that we choose to do in relationship. But she doesn’t rely only on abstract definitions.