Points of View

When we tell the story of the United States, it begins with the British Empire. The colonial empires were bound to collapse under the burden of distance, and in Asia and Africa it was only in fomenting division that the colonial powers maintained control until the 20th century. In North America, where the settlers quickly … Continue reading Points of View

Esther’s Mystery

We obsess over royalty. Where they exist as a political heritage, our public spaces bear their names, and their weddings and deaths are attended by millions. Where monarchy was been expunged, royalty survives as dynasties in our political parties, and are memorialized as colleges and transit routes. As Christians, we should feel tension in that … Continue reading Esther’s Mystery

Manifesting the New Jerusalem

St. Thomas Aquinas, the authority relied upon by living theologians, did his exegesis of the Bible line-by-line. When he got to the Book of Revelation, he became despondent. When supporters asked him why he was not continuing his work, he responded (I paraphrase)"Everything I have done to this point has been error." Jesus said that … Continue reading Manifesting the New Jerusalem