What Keeps Us Up at Midnight

Taylor Swift’s latest album accurately shows we are not the sole culprit for our sleeplessness.

The Rings of Power Explores Middle-earth’s Second Age with Mixed Results (So Far)

It remains to be seen which of the Rings of Power this new series from Amazon will resemble most.

Occupied Reveals the Difficulty of Doing Good in a World That Refuses to Define It

In this controversial Norwegian TV series, deception and conflict go hand in hand.

The Violence and Nonviolent Resistance of Peter Weir’s Witness

Witness is intelligent enough to trust the audience with ambivalence and uncertainty.

When Violence Is Not the Answer but Certainly the Question: Bruce Cockburn’s “If I Had a Rocket Launcher”

The question of the dissemination of dangerous ideas through art is always a contentious one.

The Search for Peace in the Life of Tony Hawk

A recent documentary reveals how the world-famous skateboarder wrestled with finding meaning and purpose.

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 Cost of Peace in Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast

Belfast is a tale of triumph and survival in the darkest of circumstances.

Captain America and the Divided States of American Christianity

God is not constrained by our human divisions.

“I’m Still Here”: Stranger Things 4, “Running Up that Hill,” and Killing Monsters

Stranger Things has always been about recalling people to life—about fighting for your life and others’ lives.

On Mr. Morale & The Big Steppers, Kendrick Lamar Finds Peace with Self by Accepting Conflict

Instead of simply preaching his thoughts on those controversial topics, Lamar shares his experiences and resulting perspectives on the matters.

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.

“We’d Still Worship This Love”: Desiring God with Hozier, Taylor Swift, and Justin Bieber

Three hit songs offer three different perspectives on what it means to worship.

Everything Sad Is Untrue: Scheherezade and Rivers of Blood

It is a thousand and one stories woven together in a tapestry, a Persian rug, of beauty.

“Am I Not Free?” The Freedom to Forgo Our Rights for the Sake of Love

A “freedom” which floats above social context and concrete relational bonds is no freedom at all.