Carol Zaleski is professor of world religions at Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts.
Social microhistories can capture big ideas. I’d like to write one on pickles, which are as fundamental to civilization as anything in Chesterton’s pockets.
Psychologists describe a "middle knowledge" of the reality of death. How much of this knowledge is good for us?
At a historical art exhibit, I read that the images on display were intended for private devotion. Would it have been subversive of me to pray?
Dante’s Divine Comedy, if we are willing to read it whole, has a deep unity. The tradition of its interpretation does not.
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