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.

Arts & Culture Books
Patrick Gilger, S.J. October 18, 2018
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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Arts & Culture Film
Patrick Gilger, S.J. May 16, 2018
"Star Wars," as a franchise, does not quite know what to do with the history it has inherited.
Politics & Society Short Take
Patrick Gilger, S.J. January 26, 2018
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.
Faith Books
Patrick Gilger, S.J. October 27, 2017

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.

Arts & Culture Books
Patrick Gilger, S.J. March 16, 2017
Patrick Gilger, S.J., reviews "The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation" by Rod Dreher.
Politics & Society In All Things
Patrick Gilger, S.J. December 06, 2016
If we think the Benedict Option is going to be easier than the messy reality of modern parish life, we have not yet seen it clearly.
Patrick Gilger, S.J. August 16, 2016
The re-enchantment of the world may never be global, but perhaps it can be Catholic.
A chalk tribute to Philando Castile marks a sidewalk across the street from the governor's residence as demonstrators gather outside the governor's residence Friday, July 8, 2016, in St. Paul, Minn., where protests continue over the shooting death by police of Castile after a traffic stop Wednesday, July 6, in Falcon Heights. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
Politics & Society In All Things
Patrick Gilger, S.J. July 08, 2016
We write so that our silence does not become the privilege of ignoring suffering; we write to cling to the hope that another world is possible.
MAN OF PRAYER. Frans van der Lugt, S.J., at the residence of the Jesuit fathers in the besieged area of Homs, Syria, Jan. 29.
Patrick Gilger, S.J. April 10, 2014
Frans van der Lugt, S.J.—who on April 7 was shot in the head, twice, in front of his home in the city of Homs, Syria—had been living under siege for 20 months when, in January, he recorded a video message challenging the outside world to help. He ends this video, one that made him f
Patrick Gilger, S.J. March 18, 2014
Duro Kolak, the narrator and fulcrum of Aminatta Forna’s excellent fourth book The Hired Man, is a patient man, loyal and solitary.