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“Me, I Do Wed”

Erika Anderson slowly made her way down the makeshift aisle atop an apartment building on an overcast, windswept summer evening in New York City, with […]

By Todd T. Daly

A Reflection on a Psalm Integrating Worship and Work

Psalm 9:7-10 The Lord reigns forever; he has established his throne for judgment. He rules the world in righteousness and judges the peoples with equity. […]

From Tech Critique to Ways of Living: Neil Postman was right. So what?

In his article, “From Tech Critique to Ways of Living,” Alan Jacobs writes that a number of authors have written some cogent descriptions of menace […]

By Alan Jacobs


The Virus has made it clear: Fear rules our lives inordinately. A friend related how, after months of isolation, she ventured out to a special-occasion […]

By Victor Lee Austin

Trusting Scientists in the Covid Pandemic

The Covid pandemic is a social transformation unparalleled in my lifetime – and I am not a young man. It appears to be a perfect […]

By John H. Evans

Corona Hermeneutics 1: Follow the Science?

Follow the Science has become the standard phrase among politicians and administrators for justifying ever stricter measures to fight the corona pandemic. Most people readily […]

By Jens Zimmermann

Teaching and Learning Moral Theology

Asked what I do for a living generates a moment of existential dread as I ponder how I should answer. I teach moral theology but […]

By D. Stephen Long

Fixing the Jericho Road

As a bioethicist, much of my work has shifted during the Covid-19 pandemic. Perhaps more than anything else, it has got me thinking about how […]

By Devan Stahl