But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Jerusalem was last a recognized capital city exactly 830 years ago, when in 1187 the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem surrendered the city to Saladin. The conqueror did not make the city his capital, and neither did any of the Muslim Arab, Mameluke, and Ottoman rulers who followed him. (Nor did a...

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Each of our parties is acting crazy, thanks to its own elites. The Republicans are acting crazy thanks to the narcissism and entitlement of the right-leaning business and professional classes. The Democrats are acting crazy thanks to racial politics—specifically, the angry racial politics...

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Recently, MoMA’s first poet laureate, Kenneth Goldsmith, received national attention for teaching a course at the University of Pennsylvania titled “Wasting Time on the Internet.” The class was in fact just that: three hours a week of online thumb-twiddling. Goldsmith’s...

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Happy (real) new year: the beginning of a new year of grace, which began December 3 with the First Sunday of Advent.

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In an era when romance is dead and divorce is considered a natural part of life, Shadowlands, now playing at the Acorn Theater in Manhattan, is both an old-fashioned love story and a reminder of the sacred nature of marriage.

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Should art aspire to be “absolutely cutting-edge”? What exactly does that phrase mean?

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On March 10, 1977, Roman Polanski, director of Chinatown and Rosemary’s Baby , drove 13-year-old Samantha Jane Gailey to the home of Jack Nicholson, where Polanski had promised to take some pictures for Vogue magazine. Polanski gave her a Quaalude and told her to remove her clothes to...

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There continues to be sober reflection on what the Trumpian moment means for the future of evangelicalism, and rightly so. We are in a time of reckoning for the churches. As with all reflection on evangelicalism, however, conclusions are necessarily fragmented. I become more convinced that the best...

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One thing you’ve got to say about the brand-new Museum of the Bible in Washington, D.C: It’s certainly popular with the public. The eight-story, 43,000-square-foot museum, housed in a handsome Art Deco former warehouse just south of the Washington Mall, is in easy walking distance of my...

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We live in metaphysically desolate times. An increasing number of us—particularly among the millennial generation—now reject Christianity and other non-materialistic faiths as superstitious relics, vestiges of a time before science uncovered the truth about existence. The less polite...

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Both of our parties are acting crazy. The Republicans insist on economic policies that are not favored by the general public, nor even by their own voters. The Democrats insist on picking pointless and self-destructive cultural fights that alienate potential allies. Each of our two great political...

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Harvey Weinstein, Kevin Spacey, Roy Moore, Louis C.K., Al Franken, and plenty of men who aren’t famous enough for me to recognize their names in the articles announcing their transgressions: Over the last month, as women and men have come forward to speak about sexual harassment and assault,...

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Liberal order is under siege. Populist and nationalist movements in the U.S. and across Europe challenge the entrenched mainstream. Polish philosopher Ryszard Legutko performs a meticulous exorcism of the “demon in democracy,” and the Radically Orthodox articulate a...

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For years, Christians have asserted that the removal of the study of the Bible from public school curricula has had a negative moral and spiritual impact on American youth. In 2010, I conducted a meta-analysis that indicates a major educational cost of removing the Bible from our schools. These...

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Four centuries after his death, Shakespeare remains a peerless playwright because of his remarkable insight into the human condition. Love, ambition, fear, guilt, nobility, pomposity, patriotism, absurdity, sheer wickedness—you name it, Will grasped something of its essence. His work...

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In Greek mythology, Sisyphus is a crafty and deceitful king, condemned by Zeus to roll a huge rock up a steep hill for eternity. Each time the rock nears the peak of the mountain, it rolls back down, crushing the king. Then he must begin again.

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The urgent message hit my inbox yesterday. It was from Kim Benston, the president of my alma mater, Haverford College. He wants me to join him in lobbying Congress to block a tax on super-sized college and university endowments. His message was, in effect, “Rise up ye graduates of elite...

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Hell hath no fury like secular parents in one of America’s most expensive zip codes when they learn that the local church-run nursery school plans to start teaching about Jesus.

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Like everyone else, I have been pondering the recent “senseless” slaughters in places as disparate as Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, and Sutherland Springs—atrocities in which lone sociopathic gunmen icily annihilated their fellow human beings, including babies and children, with all the...

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The other day, I sat down to write a letter to our college-age daughter, who is spending a semester abroad. Years ago, it would have been far easier. My wife and I were in college together and, during breaks, separated by a few thousand miles, we wrote each other frequently.

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As one of Queen Elizabeth II’s Canadian subjects, I personally doubt she would approve of the remarks her freshly minted representative made last week. Some months ago, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had advised Her Majesty to appoint Julie Payette, a former astronaut, to the post of governor...

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I opened my sophomore Medieval Humanities class this year by reading the Franciscan rule to my students and asking each student to write a personal set of rules to live by for one week. I asked them first to take stock of their souls. “You know how you are tempted. You are all different....

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Eight Whopping Liesby brian doylefranciscan media, 192 pages, $18.99

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In many ways, Lutherans occupy an unusual space in world Christendom—too “Catholic” for their Baptist friends and too “Baptist” for Roman Catholics. The hallmarks of what we consider Protestant Evangelicalism are all there: salvation through Christ alone, received by...

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