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What Would Nietzsche Do?

In the 2004 senatorial race for Illinois, Republican candidate Allen Keyes claimed, “Christ would not vote for Barack Obama, because Barack has voted to behave in a way that it is inconceivable for Christ to have behaved.”1 Keyes specifically had in mind Obama’s refusal to support a bill that would protect infants who are born alive after botched abortions. While I am confident that Jesus would not support abortion-on-demand, I am less confident that his followers... Read More

Blues President

I want a blues president, one who know each note of the pentatonic. I want a president who’s not ashamed to admit he’s smoked chronic. Because at times the pain’s too strong, I want a president who’s not ashamed to have been wrong. I want a president who knows blues notes, who hears them in his head when he addresses the nation. I want a president who goes after the blues vote because he’s drawn to its slow, sad vibration. And when he watches those words cross the teleprompt... Read More

Between Sojourners and the Simple Way? Rethinking Radical, Evangelical Politics in ’08 with John Howard Yoder

So here we are: The children of the moral majority have finally grown up and moved out of the house. Many of us are now questioning our evangelical subculture’s take on morality and whether being in the majority is something to be desired. We saw that many of our fellow church members got what they wanted when George W. Bush became President in 2000, but are dismayed at the fruit of this victory: a greater disparity between rich and poor, a unilateral war that has cost hundreds... Read More

Naming an Ancient Affliction in a Postmodern Age: An Interview with Kathleen Norris, Part II

Kathleen Norris is an award-winning poet, best-selling author, and widely embraced voice of faith, intelligence, and beauty. Her recently released nonfiction book Acedia and Me: A Marriage, Monks, and a Writer’s Life1 is a deeply intimate memoir of loss and an articulate exploration of the ancient “bad thought,” or sin, of acedia. In this interview, Norris helps to further clarify this forgotten word. Acedia has been described as apathy, ennui, and even depression, but... Read More