The new HBO series Lovecraft Country explores America’s legacy of racial injustice and violence through the conventions of horror and science fiction. It might be the show to help audiences make sense of the current state of the nation.

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The Protestant theologian’s essay on “the children of light and the children of darkness” can help make sense of Steve Bannon’s arrest and the convention speech of Joe Biden, two Catholics whose stories point to an epic good-versus-evil campaign this fall.

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COVID-19 and social distancing have disrupted nearly every aspect of our lives, including our everyday activities. These ordinary rituals–a stop at a neighborhood cafe or a drink with a friend–instill our lives with an often underappreciated richness. Our loss (and slow remaking) of them reveal their powerful meaning.

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Faith and religious figures played a pivotal role in the civil rights era of the 1960s. Do American religious communities and institutions carry a responsibility in the contemporary struggle for racial justice? Might faith even provide a new path for all Americans?

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