The Century's take on the issues of the day
Air strikes give the illusion of surgical intervention. But they are not unambiguous humanitarian acts.
The people to whom John Howard Yoder was accountable struggled to discipline him—and failed to deal adequately with his victims' pain.
Instead of seeking the ability to deport Central American children faster, Obama should treat this situation as the refugee crisis it is.
The "war on drugs" approach to marijuana has had major costs. But the dawning era of legal marijuana presents its own set of public health problems.
Sacrifice has real moral resonance—but it can also be exploited. In Iraq, past sacrifices don't offer a guide for U.S. policy.
Readers may or may not accept Charles Hefling's reconstruction of the doctrine of original sin. But he continues the tradition of rethinking the faith in light of new knowledge, contexts, and concerns.
A new study finds that Americans say they attend religious services more than they actually do. Is this bad news for churches?
Legislative action may be slow, but a new consensus is emerging: massive incarceration is unsustainable, both morally and financially.
On the international scene, Rwanda has become a synonym for doing nothing in the face of genocide. After 20 years, what's changed?
Eroding campaign finance rules gives wealthy donors more power. It may also generate cynicism and political disengagement.
The RFRA is a good law. But it wasn’t designed to grant religious rights to businesses—or to let people impose their beliefs on others.
The best outcome of the tensions in Ukraine would allow the country to develop its unique role as a bridge between languages and cultures.
Washington is finally talking about increasing the minimum wage. Such a move comes with costs, but the benefits are far greater.
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