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October 10, 2018

Suffering is the rule of a ruined paradise. Endemic to the human experience, suffering has vexed our species since its beginning after the Garden. The sufferer anguishes, and the one spared from suffering is spared only for a time. Death, with its many living permutations, comes to all. What is this source of suffering? Humanity tries so mightily, always with futility, to solve it, eliminate it, conquer it. And yet the most sinister nature of suffering is that we ourselves are its cause. Sin does not exist in the...

October 10, 2018

Synesis was privileged and honored to recently interview Dr. Russell Moore here in Nashville. Dr. Moore has been a prominent leader and influential voice in the public arena both in the United States and nationally, meeting with presidents, politicians, and other public figures about culture, Christianity, and the role of the church in the world. He has been called “vigorous, cheerful, and fiercely articulate” by the Wall Street Journal, and is a regular contributor to the Washington Post, CNN, the New Yorker, MS...

September 18, 2017

The term ‘secular’ has become almost synonymous with progress, Westernization, and democracy. It often stands in contrast to the religious, the traditional, or the authoritarian. It is a beacon of hope in a world tied down by its past superstitions and stains of ignorance. Secularity, it seems, is a very good thing indeed. But what does ‘the secular’ really represent, and how religious--or more properly, irreligious--has the West really become? And most importantly, is this secularity a good thing for society?

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May 26, 2017

“The Lord works righteousness and justice for all who are oppressed.” -Psalm 103:6


As a preface to this article, I would like to comment on the topic of racial justice generally.  I am a White man. More, I am a White man writing about a Black man’s experience with racism in America. I fully understand that many people would call me unqualified to write about such a thing.  I would respond that in representing the Black experience in America, I have attempted as best I can to write solely about the author’s own de...

May 25, 2017

The term refugee, especially Syrian refugee, has evolved to become a societal buzzword beyond the point of being easily defined by those who use it. The West’s fascination with the concept spans politics, religion, economics, and culture. In Britain, many observers claim the desire to control the flow of people to and from the island helped usher in Brexit- the unglamorous departure of the United Kingdom from the European project.1 Across continental Europe, states are wondering how their societies might change w...

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