Welcome to Breaking Ground
Editor-in-chief Anne Snyder shares her reflections at the close of this one-year publishing project. “My hope is that those tethered to God’s love might yet be moved to create spaces like this one, on and off the page, for honest reflection, dialogue, imagination, and especially grace.”
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Expanding the Conversation
- David Brooks looks with hope toward post-pandemic life as "the great unmasking." We have an opportunity to step forward into a more humane palette, if only we dare to try.
- At this year's Augustine Collective conference, James K.A. Smith discusses the intellectual offering that the Christian faith can yet be to the university.
- "I can sense today in myself, and in many people around me, a powerful feeling of disillusionment . . . with the stories the country has grown used to telling about itself." Yet this isn't a sign of pessimism or despair, Jon Baskin writes, but rather a healthy recognition that "ideal theories" of politics often obscure the reality of things.
- Partisan polarization is not necessarily problematic, Greg Weiner writes, if we engage in honorable partisanship. "If Americans truly disagree intensely about the most fundamental political goods, the constitutional system requires them to persuade one another before prevailing."
- For some commentators, COVID-19 has thrown the future of the American city into question. But Michael Lewyn writes that walkable urban environments are essential for practicing Jews—and with some smarter policy choices, cities can be made more desirable for everyone.
- As Christians consider the future of American evangelicalism, Corey Widmer writes of the enduring legacy of John Stott, who "modeled a robust evangelicalism that engaged deeply with the great public issues of his time, while maintaining a radical Christ-centeredness and commitment to the authority of Scripture."