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Paul Verhoeven Wants to Keep Things Light and Playful
The director-provocateur behind the new film “Benedetta” talks about sex-scene choreography, the revolutionary Jesus, and the art of compromise.
By Jane HuNovember 30, 2021
Politics and More Podcast
Rachel Held Evans and Her Legacy
The late author of Christian best-sellers gave voice to a movement of former evangelicals disaffected by social and political conservatism. Will her message outlive her?
By David RemnickNovember 29, 2021
Culture Desk
Kenneth Branagh’s Airbrushed “Belfast”
The greatest threat to this film comes not from the stink of sectarian conflict but from the aroma of sweetness.
By Anthony LaneNovember 18, 2021
Q. & A.
How Trump Transformed the Supreme Court
The legal journalist Linda Greenhouse expects the new conservative majority to change American law on abortion, religion, and affirmative action.
By Isaac ChotinerNovember 11, 2021
On Religion
The Afterlife of Rachel Held Evans
When the beloved Christian thinker died, at thirty-seven, she left behind a legacy of constant spiritual questioning—and an unfinished memoir.
By Eliza GriswoldOctober 26, 2021
Culture Desk
Marian Anderson’s Bone-Chilling Rendition of “Crucifixion”
Her performances of the Black spiritual in the nineteen-thirties caused American and European audiences to fall silent in awe.
By Alex RossOctober 19, 2021
On Religion
What American Christians Hear at Church
Drawing on newly ubiquitous online services, Pew has tried to catalogue the subject matter of contemporary sermons.
By Casey CepOctober 7, 2021
Politics and More Podcast
Jonathan Franzen Talks with David Remnick About “Crossroads”
The novelist discusses religion, the ethics of writing characters of a different race, and his deliberate evolution away from literary formalism and “po-mo hijinks.”
By David RemnickOctober 4, 2021
BooksOctober 4, 2021 Issue
The Church of Jonathan Franzen
In “Crossroads,” bad decisions and bad faith weigh down the characters—and propel the novel to startling heights.
By Kathryn SchulzSeptember 27, 2021
The Front Row
“The Eyes of Tammy Faye,” Reviewed: A Defanged Tale of Religion, Politics, Sex, and Money
The conventional bio-pic of the televangelist turns a complicated person into a simple character.
By Richard BrodySeptember 24, 2021
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