Friendship and the Threshing Floor

Ruth 3:1–4:18 By Neil Dhingra Ruth, the Moabite, widowed, bereaved, loyal and faithful to mother-in-law from Israel. — Graham Kings, “Ruth” In a recent lecture on friendship, Alasdair MacIntyre says it r... Read More...

He Leadeth Me: On Frances Joseph-Gaudet

By Neil Dhingra Frances Joseph-Gaudet’s 1913 memoir, He Leadeth Me, begins by telling the reader that the future missionary, prison reformer, school founder, and Episcopal saint was born in a log cabin in Mi... Read More...

What Does Prayer Do?

What is it, exactly, that prayer is meant to do? We can begin with the theologian Oliver Crisp, who writes that prayer is often considered a “solution to a problem — or, at least, as a means by which a perso... Read More...

What Is a Child?

By Neil Dhingra What is a child? For Karl Rahner, a child is already a Mensch. If children have to grow, strengthen, learn, and mature, what must remain is a mystery in childhood, “which endows us with the p... Read More...

In the Shadow of the Cross

By Neil Dhingra Imagine two friends, one Protestant and the other Catholic. Perhaps they first met in a university History of the Reformation course, much like the version I once took, which, even in a secul... Read More...

The Pharaoh Within

Exodus 5-7 By Neil Dhingra Exodus 5-7 may seem like the beginning of a straightforward account of God defeating Pharaoh, as God is God and Pharaoh is not. That account would be familiar and even a neat reve... Read More...

Herod and the Holy Innocents

By Neil Dhingra  "When Herod saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, he was infuriated, and he sent and killed all the children in and around Bethlehem who were two years old or under, according to the... Read More...

Omelas and the Structures of Sin

By Neil Dhingra  Daniel Daly’s brilliant book The Structures of Virtue and Vice provocatively asks why it is frequently if depressingly much easier to be vicious than to be virtuous. The ready to hand answer... Read More...