The Beautiful Community and Brutal Scapegoating in The Peasants

This 2023 animated adaptation of the acclaimed Polish novel highlights the tension between tradition and community, and modern individualism.

Marrying for Love? Marcia A. Zug’s You’ll Do and the Problem of Marital Privilege (Part 2)

We keep on using the word “marriage,” but it no longer means what we think it means.

Why Marry? Marcia A. Zug’s You’ll Do Explores the Strange and Surprising Reasons (Part 1)

I never knew that American marriages had such a checkered history.

Indian Matchmaking: What’s It Like to Look for Love the Old-Fashioned Way?

Netflix’s hit reality TV series reveals how many of our beliefs and practices regarding marriage are time-bound historical phenomena, not unchanging universal ideals.

Oh Fudge! Why We Swear and What it Means

There are times when, to properly name evil as evil, only the worst of words will do.

Responding to What Is a Woman?, Part 3: “It Sucks to Be a Girl”

While many of women’s problems are age-old, what’s changed is the promise of a new solution: the promise of escaping womanhood by adopting a new identity.

Responding to What Is a Woman?, Part 2: You Don’t Know What You’ve Got ‘Til It’s Gone

Without tradition to protect us, our bodies become subject to the dynamics of the market.

Responding to What Is a Woman?, Part 1: It’s Too Simple for Words

The categories of male/female and man/woman are simply too ancient and fundamental to be tampered with without consequences.

My Dear Wormwood: A Screwtape Letter on the Art of Smartphone Addiction

Neutrality towards technology isn’t as good as enthusiasm, of course, but it’s much better than allowing the seeds of skepticism to grow.

The Making of Biblical Womanhood and the Missing Mother of God (Part 2)

Celibate monasticism was a symbol of the radical resurrection equality of men and women—of their symmetrical status as eternal brothers and sisters. 

The Making of Biblical Womanhood and the Missing Mother of God (Part 1)

When the highest feminine symbol within church history was rejected as an idol, a primary example of women’s indisputable dignity disappeared too.

Station Eleven: The Virtue of Being an Artist and Answering Death with Beauty

At the heart of Station Eleven is a conflict between affirmation of Life and negation of Life. Affirmation wins.

Station Eleven: The Virtue of Risky Hospitality and Making Monsters into Friends

Rebuilding civilization requires hospitality to strangers, whether they show up cold and dirty on your doorstep, or warm and tiny in your womb.

Sex Ed Through Stories: Helping Our Kids Acquire Healthy Shame

Surrounded by a world of shameless porn and an attitude in the church that sees all shame as unhealthy, we need to remember that it is a holy thing, a beautiful thing, to blush.

Station Eleven: The Virtue of Helping Even When You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

Healing doesn’t require a degree. But it does require a willingness to share someone’s suffering.

Station Eleven: Why We Long for the Clarity of Disaster and the Safety of Home

Station Eleven focuses on the clarity that the pandemic’s disaster affords, and the way people re-make their sense of “home” after the damage.