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Patrick Gilger, S.J., is pursuing a Ph.D. in sociology at the New School for Social Research. He is America’s contributing editor for culture.

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Jason Blakely show that the very tools we human beings use to try to understand the world in fact end up constructing it, for better or for worse.
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Leslie Woodcock Tentler's new book is both a rigorous and laudable effort to cure American Catholics of the illusion that our desires have no history.
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Milan, under quarantine, has asked me to renounce the particular version of our American response to fear that I have made my own.
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13 stories, each a mini-biography of one of those great souls whose faith in Jesus inspired and necessitated and sustained their work toward a more righteous world.
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In 'The Dangers of Christian Practice,' Lauren Winner shows that even our holiest religious practices create characteristic distortions.
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James K. A. Smith has spent much of his energy thinking about alternative communities and the politics of Jesus—about what role Christians should play in the American political project.
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"Star Wars," as a franchise, does not quite know what to do with the history it has inherited.
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The extent to which I do not want housing for the poor in my own neighborhood is the extent to which I am failing to be a Christian.
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From the open arms of “Who am I to judge?” to the strict boundaries of the Benedict Option, the question of how to be a church community is a prominent one for Christians in our secular age. The knot caused by the two kinds of answers commonly given to this question lies at the heart of our ecclesial and political conflicts. One sort of answer sees the church as a collection of individual seekers, an inclusive group that affirms the truths of personal experience and supports one another on our adjacent journeys.

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Patrick Gilger, S.J., reviews "The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation" by Rod Dreher.