JR. Forasteros

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Welcome to Your Authentic Indian Experience™

<b>5,800 Words</b><i>In the Great American Indian novel, when it is finally written, all of the white people will be Indians and all of the Indians will be</i> …

The Last Temptation

How evangelicals, once culturally confident, became an anxious minority seeking political protection from the least traditionally religious president in living memory<p>One of the most extraordinary things about our current politics—really, one of the most extraordinary developments of recent …

Elizabeth Catte: Appalachia Isn’t Trump Country

<i>Photo: Josh Howard.</i>Appalachia is more than just a region in the eastern United States. For some Americans, it’s an important element in the story …

The Boys Are Not All Right

I used to have this one-liner: “If you want to emasculate a guy friend, when you’re at a restaurant, ask him everything that he’s going to order, and then when the waitress comes … order for him.” It’s funny because it shouldn’t be that easy to rob a man of his masculinity — but it is.<p>Last week, 17 …

Virginia Tech

Rethinking Work-Life Balance for Women of Color

And how white women got it in the first place.<p>The pushback against institutionalized work patterns and the movement for work-life balance is an …

Donald Glover Can’t Save You

The creator of “Atlanta” wants TV to tell hard truths. Is the audience ready?<p><b>Audio:</b> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>Donald Glover sat behind the wheel of the Nissan Sentra, his door ajar, and lit a joint. In the scene he’d just finished, for …

How Trump Is Remaking Evangelicalism

A new book shows the fracture lines the 45th U.S. president has created within American Christianity.<p>This fall, Christian students at Princeton dropped the word “evangelical” from the name of their fellowship. They felt the term is increasingly “confusing, or unknown, or misunderstood,” the …

A Quiet Exodus: Why Black Worshipers Are Leaving White Evangelical Churches

FORT WORTH — Charmaine Pruitt wrote the names of 12 churches on a sheet of paper, tore the paper into 12 strips, and dropped them into a Ziploc bag. It was Sunday morning and time to pick which church to attend.<p>This time of the week two years earlier, there would have been no question. Ms. Pruitt, …

Los Angeles

White Christians are now a minority of the U.S. population, survey says

NEW YORK — The share of Americans who identify as white and Christian has dropped below 50 percent, a transformation fueled by immigration and by …

Why More Young Black People Are Trading In Church for African Spirituality

<i>Soul Searching</i> <i>is our series about how the most secular generation in history is changing the face of religion.</i><p>Let’s start off with gratitude: Thanks …

What Ever Happened To Brendan Fraser?

GQ’s Zach Baron reports on the stupendous rise and surprising disappearance of the once ubiquitous movie star.<p><b>Brendan Fraser</b> wants me to meet his horse. “I got this horse because it's a big horse,” he says, standing in a barn in Bedford, New York. He removes a green bandanna from his pocket and …

East London

Haint Blue, the Ghost-Tricking Color of Southern Homes and Gullah Folktales

.<br>.<br>.<br>.<br>.<br>.<br>.<br>.<br>.<br>.There was once an old witch-woman who lived in the woods. She was ugly as sin but helpful, and she could fix any number of problems if you …

After Columbine, martyrdom became a powerful fantasy for Christian teenagers

Cassie Bernall and Rachel Scott weren’t just victims — they became part of a bigger narrative, with far-reaching effects.<p>Eighteen years ago today, on April 20, 1999, 12 students and one teacher at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, were massacred, shot by two angry young men: Eric Harris …

Thanksgiving: The Shining (1980) & Poltergeist (1982)

Horror is a force that explodes the nuclear family.<p>In movie after movie, “horror” consists of a simple formula: There is a family, there is a crack …

Horror

Inside the Investigation into Child Sexual Abuse at Sovereign Grace Ministries

Child sex abuse in the Catholic Church is now widely known—<i>Spotlight</i>, a film about the Boston <i>Globe</i> journalists who documented the massive child …

The Sex-Abuse Scandal That Devastated a Suburban Megachurch

<b>Pam Palmer was at a barbecue when she heard the news.</b><p>It was 2011, five years after her family had left Covenant Life Church. But the Gaithersburg …

The Sell-Out or the Purist?

The other night, as a party of writerly types was winding down, I was caught up in a commercial versus literary discussion. Purity of purpose versus …

Putin's Olympic Controversy

<b>According to a recent article from Politico</b>, Americans hold the lowest view of Russians and their president that they’ve had in more than two …

Russia

The Formation of the Bible: Where Did It Come From?

After seventy years in exile, the exiled people of Judah were permitted to return to their ancestral home in and around Jerusalem. Did they come …

Theology

The First White President

The foundation of Donald Trump’s presidency is the negation of Barack Obama’s legacy.<p><b>It is insufficient</b> <b>to state</b> the obvious of Donald Trump: that he is a white man who would not be president were it not for this fact. With one immediate exception, Trump’s predecessors made their way to high office …

Donald Trump

Louis C.K., Roy Moore, and Hollywood's Sexualization of Girls

A film about a 17-year-old girl and a 68-year-old man. A lawyer in his 30s and a girl of 14. These stories are exceptional; they’re also disconcertingly common.<p>On Thursday, as <i>The New York Times</i> published a report in which five women accused Louis C.K. of sexual misconduct, the distributor of C.K.’s …

A suggestion for younger evangelicals: Lose the label

(RNS) — My unsolicited suggestion for younger evangelical Christians and those young in spirit: Time to lose the label “evangelical.”<p>As a veteran …

Bill Clinton: A Reckoning

Feminists saved the 42nd president of the United States in the 1990s. They were on the wrong side of history; is it finally time to make things right?<p>The most remarkable thing about the current tide of sexual assault and harassment accusations is not their number. If every woman in America started …

How to Escape From Roy Moore’s Evangelicalism

Kaitlyn Schiess has a sterling evangelical pedigree. She grew up in evangelical churches in Colorado and Virginia and graduated from Liberty University before entering Dallas Theological Seminary last year to prepare for a career in the church. But lately she has been frustrated by evangelicals’ …

How mid-2000s emo groomed underage girls and poisoned teen boys

Around the same time Brand New’s Jesse Lacey was singing songs about wishing his ex-girlfriend would die in a plane crash because she had the …

What Do We Do with the Art of Monstrous Men?

Roman Polanski, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, William Burroughs, Richard Wagner, Sid Vicious, V. S. Naipaul, John Galliano, Norman Mailer, Ezra Pound, Caravaggio, Floyd Mayweather, though if we start listing athletes we’ll never stop. And what about the women? The list immediately becomes much more …

Literature

To Hell With the Witch-Hunt Debate

The post-Weinstein moment isn’t a war on sex. It’s a long-overdue revolution.<p>One of the principal pleasures of <i>Mad Men</i>, on rich display beginning with the pilot episode, was looking at all of the crazy things people used to be able to do in offices: smoke, drink, and—if they were male—grope and …

Tackling the Real Horror of Lovecraft Head-on

Invoking the legacy of H.P. Lovecraft in fiction is 2017 is no easy task. On the one hand, you have his visionary take on horror, which remains …

Books

Beyond Jump Scares

<i>Read Greg Ruth’s</i> previous article, Horror is Good for You (And Even Better for Your Kids).<p>Horror has a lot to teach us, in terms of narrative, that …

Horror

8 Chilling Reads From Around the World

Readers can find plenty of horror fiction on bookstore shelves here in America, but what about horror fiction around the world? What kinds of stories …

Books