Faith makes us human

A review of Yuval Noah Harari

We wish something would prove beyond doubt that Someone obliged us large-brained, bipedal primates with a breath of consciousness.


The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, by Anne Fadiman

A book I like to teach

One of my grad school teachers said that anyone teaching bioethics should adopt Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. Upon arriving at Baylor I took up her suggestion, and I have taught the National Book Critics Circle Award winner twice a year for nearly a decade.


A Public Faith, by Miroslav Volf

Of the rewriting Christ and Culture there shall be no end. Miroslav Volf is too sophisticated a theologian to rehash or imitate H. Richard Niebuhr's celebrated fivefold schema, but A Public Faith remains in the shadow of Niebuhr's defining work.



Kingdom of the sick

Eventually all bodies break down; human life is finite—it’s a truth most people pretend not to know.