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.
A World Remade
Trying to see through smoke and fire.
What Is "the Church"?
Revisiting a two-thousand-year-old question.
The Holy Trinity, Race, and a Time of Crisis
Perhaps we should take a look at God's identity papers before we ask people for theirs.
Diversity and the Common Good
The urgent need to train the minds of children and renew the minds of adults.
We all want to know and be known, but nobody today knows how.
How might we speak fruitfully about our most precious principles?
Deepening the Interwoven Life
Releasing the limits of self to kairos time.
What Kind of Turning Point?
History is an unpredictable thing. Respect it.
Principles for a Just Pandemic
A framework to help us negotiate today’s trade-offs in public life.
Leadership, Forgiveness, and Our Loves
An exchange of letters.
POST SCRIPT: The Delusions of Isolation
I am a bachelor, not a hermit.