The strange endurance of torture

The “logic” of torture, that “it was okay to torture the guilty,” continued in Chicago policing at least into the 1970s.

Femme fatale or ordinary woman? Netflix’s Amanda Knox

The narrative of Judith reminds us that God can work in extraordinarily strange ways through improbable people, and our beguiling stereotypes, including that of the feminine “psychopath in sheep’s clothing,” are quite possibly unwarranted restrictions on God.

The demise of American civil religion

Something will be lost no matter who wins November’s American presidential election — something more central to American identity than the dissipating mirage of political unity.

The paradox of this week

Our highly choreographed liturgies, our rituals of human achievement, may be tinged with failure.