Religion holds powerful sway over people’s lives—but not always in ways we might expect. We typically imagine that the faithful check their brains at the church door and follow whatever dicta religious leaders offer. Maybe not. While religious belief represents the greatest influence on how people voted in … Continue Reading →
Over the course of several books, crime novelist Philip Davison gave life to his character Harry Fielding, an operative in British intelligence tasked with undesirable jobs. A small train of colorful characters orbit through Harry’s universe, including his flamboyant aunt Kate. In the final Fielding novel, A Burnable … Continue Reading →
Christianity is under fire in many places in the world. Last year more than seven thousand Christians were killed for “faith-related reasons,” according to watchdog group Open Doors. The tally was up three thousand from the prior year. In all, as many as 10 percent of the world’s … Continue Reading →
Recent archeological finds remind us believers have used icons in worship since the earliest days of the church. Here’s why.
How do we learn what we know? Most of us assume our brains are banks where we deposit data, the available balance representing what we know. But the metaphor falls short—especially when applied to Christian formation. Thankfully, James K. A. Smith’s new book, You Are What You Love, … Continue Reading →