Ascetics Among Us

By Todd French A response to a public screening of the documentary film Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer on October 20, 2011. “Without prayer it is not a monk, but a man in a black dress,” says a monk in a black cassock. And so the story begins to unfold of the ancient...

The Piety of Tim Shriver

By Maurice Timothy Reidy A response to a public talk with  Tim Shriver on October 24, 2011.  Piety gets a bad rap these days. Call someone pious and, at best, you are suggesting that they are out of the touch with the real world. At worst, piety implies a sort of...

Religions of Harlem

Harlem has long been the subject of African American cultural and political history, yet a comprehensive account of Harlem’s religious milieu (historical and contemporary) has yet to be developed. On this website you’ll find a growing document of the religious life of...

Faith-Friendly Secularism

By Joe Blankholm  A response to a public conversation with Denis Lacorne on October 6, 2011.  Denis Lacorne’s engaging lecture at the Maison Française last Thursday echoed the thesis of his most recent book, Religion in America: A Political History, the third...