Editor-at-large, The American Interest Online.
One for All
The Christmas story suggests that we can somehow try to be loyal members of our nations, our families, our tribes—and also to reach out to the broader human community of which we are also a part.
Meaning in 3-D
That little baby lying so cutely in the manger is the biggest trouble maker in world history, and the shocking claims that Christianity makes about who He is and what He means irritate and antagonize people all over the world.
Theists and atheists are different. While both groups think life means something, they understand that meaning in different ways.
After Obama The Great Unraveling
The past 25 years of world politics have rested on a series of polite fictions, agreed conventions and hypocritical pretenses. These were are all very comforting ideas, but sadly none of them are true.
The Meaning of Christmas
Why do Christians and so many other people believe in an invisible Ruler and Creator of the universe—and then how does the Christian idea of God differ from the others?
The Hinge of Fate
Today is Holy Innocents’ Day. Right at the beginning of His life on earth, Jesus was at the place where hope and death meet.
Eternal Return The Pretense of the Peace Process
For more than 100 years, the political incompetence of Palestinian leadership and the unorganized, fractured state of Palestinian society have been the secret weapon of the Zionist movement; that remains the case today.
Born of a WHAT???
The specifically Christian idea of the Virgin Birth is one of the most controversial and confusing theological concepts around, and a Yuletide blog that didn’t take on the topic wouldn’t be doing its job.