(RNS) — To imagine that a church could be desecrated by political protest against inequality is to catastrophically misunderstand the message both of Pentecost and of Christianity as a whole.
(RNS) — Americans, distrustful of institutions that would prescribe knowledge for us, have been especially prone to believe what they see online.
(RNS) — I’ve started cycling again. It’s exercise not as expensive commodity but an embrace of what it means to be in the world.
(RNS) — It’s understandable to respond to the pandemic by discovering a connection to real food and getting in touch with nature. It might even put us back in touch with the humanity of others.
(RNS) — How we inhabit, explore and become vulnerable in spaces traditionally understood as ‘disembodied’ or ‘low stakes’ is among the most important artistic questions of our digital age.
(RNS) — For those privileged enough to minimize their exposure to COVID-19, wellness culture transforms the current crisis into something meaningful, even positive.
(RNS) — Being displaced from the physical presence of church has turned our attention to the human beings we know and those whose names we'll never know.
(RNS) — The past few weeks have put the lie to our illusions of self-sufficiency. We have always been responsible to one another for everything. We’re just noticing it now.
(RNS) — If abstention from Instagram or Twitter is going to be more than a 'digital detox,' we need a new and better vocabulary to discuss the characteristic sins of 2020.
(RNS) — Our reaction to the coronavirus threat is also a statement about our need for control: our bodies, our world.
(RNS) — In an age of spiritual uncertainty, more and more of us are finding our spiritual 'tribes' within existing religious traditions, be they pagan nature worship or medieval Catholicism.
(RNS) — The 21st century’s most vocal proponent of manly self-reliance is reportedly suffering from chemical dependence. It's telling that Peterson's family has carefully explained his illness in terms that agree with his self-help themes.
(RNS) — Barbie's aspirational qualities here are neither those of beauty nor those of career success, but rather quasi-spiritual purity.
(RNS) — In the age of fan fiction, the age of memes, the age of mashups and YouTube compilations, we no longer take for granted that there is a single, fixed narrative — one that belongs to the author, by virtue of him or her having invented it.
(RNS) — Greater love has no man than this, Jesus once said, than a man lay down his life for his friends. In 2020, it’s Mr. Peanut who makes this a thing.
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