Category: News & Politics

The Blacklist and our need for sin-eaters

“I am a sin-eater. I absorb the misdeeds of others, darkening my soul to keep theirs pure.” So confessed Raymond Reddington (James Spader) in the season two finale of NBC's The Blacklist. With Thursday’s premiere of season three, it seems appropriate to cast light on this little phrase once again. The Blacklist prides itself on showcasing the blurred lines between right and wrong, as it…  [more]

Help us refresh the Think Christian website

If you are reading this post, that means you're on the Think Christian website. Although TC is active on social media and our email subscription list is growing every day, the website is still where the heart of our ministry takes place. On our site, you can read our contributors' full posts, you can join the conversation via comment threads and you can explore our rich archive of articles. But we want to…  [more]

Bringing grace to the first-person industrial complex

In an essay on Slate, Laura Bennett implicated herself, along with many editors on successful web magazines, in the phenomenon she called the “The First-Person Industrial Complex.” By this she means the growing popularity of essays based on the most harrowing or shocking or difficult experiences of the writer. Of course, the relationship of vulnerability to writing has always been close. A frequently…  [more]

The particular place of shame when Christian campuses confront rape

For those with the emotional strength to endure it, Lady Gaga’s newest video, “Til It Happens to You,” is the kind of protest art that can’t be ignored. As graphic portrayals of sexual assaults against college women flash on the screen, Gaga sings, “Til it happens to you, you won't know, it won't be real.” The sad truth remains that far too many women can relate to the…  [more]

Why Protestants should applaud Pope Francis’ U.S. visit

If the attention he's received over the summer is any indication, then Pope Francis' upcoming visit to the United States is likely to receive a great deal of media scrutiny. Just picture the scene as the supreme pontiff of the Roman Catholic Church heads to the highest halls of political power: the U.S. Congress and the United Nations. The pope's visit provides a good opportunity to reflect on the…  [more]

Vox’s Victorian couple and living with authenticity

A fun feature of our information age is how easy it is to access documents, ideas and even objects from other times. Even a few years ago someone might have combed antique stores for years to find something that is now available for purchase (or maybe several!) on eBay or Etsy. Researching at a distant archive can be done through an online database. There is something delightful about using cutting-edge technology to…  [more]

The real question for Christians concerning Kim Davis

Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis was released from jail this week. An elected public official, Davis had refused to sign marriage licenses in resistance to the United States Supreme Court’s June ruling that same-sex couples have a right to marry. When Davis was told to issue the licenses or face contempt of court, she defied the order. She was then put in jail by U.S District Judge David Bunning. Bunning…  [more]

Why the Syrian refugee crisis must be met with Gospel-sized grace

“In His free grace, God is for man in every respect; He surrounds man from all sides. He is man's Lord who is before him, above him, after him, and thence also with him in history, the locus of man's existence.” Karl Barth What does it mean to be displaced geographically, spiritually and emotionally? This is the question millions of Syrians are facing amidst that country’s devastating…  [more]

Duke students, trigger warnings and cultural engagement

At the start of this new school year, one story making headlines concerns the incoming Duke freshmen who have refused to read the graphic novel Fun Home, by Alison Bechdel, which was on a recommended (though not required) reading list for incoming students. Citing the book’s depiction of sexuality, student Brian Grasso has said that reading it would “compromise my personal Christian moral beliefs.”…  [more]

When prisoners choose not to escape

Some Arizona prisoners made headlines when their transport bus crashed into an overturned semitrailer just after midnight on a remote stretch of desert highway last month. The newsworthy part wasn’t just the crash itself, as bad as it was, but the fact that when first responders arrived, they didn’t have to scramble law enforcement to round up a bunch of escaped convicts. Instead, they found the uninjured…  [more]

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