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Summer 2020 | Volume 38, Issue 3

A World Remade

Many are characterizing 2020 as a kairos year, the forces of a global pandemic and a long-simmering disease of the soul forging an opening for change. Already COVID-19 and our reckoning with unchallenged hierarchies of human value have revealed structural, social, and moral realities previously hidden or denied, to say nothing of what they continue to reveal about the state of our own hearts. Many are asking: What gives life meaning? What does it require to live well together? 

As everyone scrambles to make sense of a rapidly changing context, it is natural to revert to a survival mode characterized by reactive thinking, short-term analysis,and feel-good meaning-making. Comment neither condemns these instincts nor feels exempt from their temptations. Still, we sense a momentous opportunity for big questions to be considered. There is a new, pandemic-inspired social realization that we need a reset, one shaped by (1) a sober-minded, clear-eyed view of the present, (2) a discerning, rigorous study of the past, and (3) a pragmatic yet creative reimagining of the future as we face it together and build anew.

Cover art: “Interior Castle — Splendor” by Makoto Fujimura

11 Articles In this Issue
02
A World Remade by Anne Snyder

Trying to see through smoke and fire.

06
What Is "the Church"? by Peter Kreeft

Revisiting a two-thousand-year-old question.

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The Holy Trinity, Race, and a Time of Crisis   by Ken Herfst

Perhaps we should take a look at God's identity papers before we ask people for theirs.

The Holy Trinity, Race, and a Time of Crisis

by Ken Herfst
  This article will be released for subscribers on August 6th @ 9am

Perhaps we should take a look at God's identity papers before we ask people for theirs.

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Diversity and the Common Good by Natasha Sistrunk Robinson

The urgent need to train the minds of children and renew the minds of adults.

34
Postliberal Epistemology by Tara Isabella Burton

We all want to know and be known, but nobody today knows how.

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Sacred Conversations   by Elizabeth Oldfield

How might we speak fruitfully about our most precious principles?

Sacred Conversations

by Elizabeth Oldfield
  This article will be released for subscribers on September 10th @ 9am

How might we speak fruitfully about our most precious principles?

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Deepening the Interwoven Life   by Sarah Hemminger

Releasing the limits of self to kairos time.

Deepening the Interwoven Life

by Sarah Hemminger
  This article will be released for subscribers on August 13th @ 9am

Releasing the limits of self to kairos time.

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What Kind of Turning Point?   by Mark Noll

History is an unpredictable thing. Respect it.

What Kind of Turning Point?

by Mark Noll
  This article will be released for subscribers on August 20th @ 9am

History is an unpredictable thing. Respect it.

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Principles for a Just Pandemic   by David Henreckson

Principles for a Just Pandemic

by David Henreckson
  This article will be released for subscribers on August 27th @ 9am

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HEADQUARTERS: Leadership, Forgiveness, and Our Loves   by Michael Van Pelt, Ray Pennings

An exchange of letters.

HEADQUARTERS: Leadership, Forgiveness, and Our Loves

by Michael Van Pelt, Ray Pennings
  This article will be released for subscribers on September 3rd @ 9am

An exchange of letters.

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POST SCRIPT: The Delusions of Isolation   by Andrew Bennett

I am a bachelor, not a hermit.

POST SCRIPT: The Delusions of Isolation

by Andrew Bennett
  This article will be released for subscribers on August 13th @ 9am

I am a bachelor, not a hermit.

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