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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. 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.

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.

19
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.

28
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.

46
Sacred Conversations by Elizabeth Oldfield

How might we speak fruitfully about our most precious principles?

53
Deepening the Interwoven Life by Sarah Hemminger

Releasing the limits of self to kairos time.

61
What Kind of Turning Point? by Mark Noll

History is an unpredictable thing. Respect it.

70
Principles for a Just Pandemic by David Henreckson

A framework to help us negotiate today’s trade-offs in public life.

73
Leadership, Forgiveness, and Our Loves by Michael Van Pelt, Ray Pennings

An exchange of letters.

79
POST SCRIPT: The Delusions of Isolation by Andrew Bennett

I am a bachelor, not a hermit.

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