The Century's take on the issues of the day
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The Dakota Access pipeline poses a threat to indigenous people. Their resistance poses tough questions for all of us.
Memoir can be self-indulgent. It can also be serious moral reflection.
It's not new for politicians to talk a lot about American jobs. But their nationalistic fervor is troubling.
Pope Francis’s response to the killing of a French priest puzzled some. But it pointed to the true nature of Christian witness.
Trump and the RNC platform have little to say about climate action. Yet many steps we could take are inherently conservative.
In Rio, refugees will compete under an international flag. Maybe this will inspire new reflection on the purpose of a nation.
Trump complains that tax-exempt rules require religious nonprofits to be silent on politics. He’s wrong.
An assault weapons ban wouldn't end violence or hate—but it would reduce the body count.
There are 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. The administration has to somehow prioritize who is slated for deportation.
The National Day of Prayer has been challenged by a National Day of Reason. This duel of proclamations trades on the notion that the two stand in opposition.
No charges were filed against the police officer who killed Tamir Rice. But others are being held responsible: taxpayers.
Several recent state-level legislative efforts have something in common: they are solutions in search of a problem.
Both Cruz and Trump say the U.S. needs special surveillance of Muslims. This is precisely the wrong conclusion to draw from terrorism in Europe.
The church can be a space for difficult conversations about choices at the end of life—along with being a place for communal care.
Trump does well among those who identify as evangelical—but lack deep formation in faith. Formation fixes people’s eyes on higher things.
Last month, both the scientifically minded and the scientifically challenged paused to contemplate the far reaches of the cosmos.
The scale of government means its failures can be big ones. But so can its successes.
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