Not-So-Great Expectations, but Hopefulness

Not-So-Great Expectations, but Hopefulness

Some journalists with The Atlantic were queried about their expectations for this unfolding and uncertain year. Specifically, they were asked to identify issues they will likely explore more fully in the months ahead. Staff writer Anne Applebaum is pondering the need...
Kris Exposed Hypocrisy, Injustices I’d Not Seen

Kris Exposed Hypocrisy, Injustices I’d Not Seen

The announcement that Kris Kristofferson, now 84, is no longer making public appearances has caused me to listen more attentively to — and reflect more deeply upon — the music of this “walkin’ contradiction.” As a mostly do-gooder youth growing up along the...
Meet-and-Greet with a Convenient Savior

Meet-and-Greet with a Convenient Savior

He is a soul-saving mascot — a selectively dispensed “get out of hell free” card. His name is repeated (and repeated and repeated) in praise songs; yet his example and teachings are largely dismissed when in conflict with fears and self-interest. He’s worshipped with...
Unlearned Lessons about Religion and Power

Unlearned Lessons about Religion and Power

While recently watching a mini-series on the famed English monarch, King Henry VIII, it was impossible not to notice the continuing thread of intermingled power, religion and corruption. While historical fiction allowed for great liberties with the storylines, the...