Sacred Topography and Spiritual Tourism

By Alice Isabella Sullivan | September 22, 2020

The religious art and architecture of churches and monasteries draw tourists and pilgrims to the Balkan Peninsula and the Carpathian Mountains. These sacred spaces stand as monuments to the history of Christianity in Eastern Europe.

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Trapped in Lovecraft Country

By David Goodwin | September 3, 2020

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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Niebuhr, Redux

By David Gibson | August 24, 2020

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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Ordinary Rituals

By David Goodwin | August 20, 2020

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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