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What is the Meaning Behind These Categories?

These categories are intended to orient you to the substance of the article and to communicate our framework for understanding the endowments that constitute civic life. This “human ecology” model is at the core of the Thriving Cities Project, a research initiative of the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture.

The Good

On Evangelicalism and Race

In recent decades, race wasn’t often a topic of public conversation among white American evangelicals. Things have changed—or, at least, are changing.

By Clay Cooke | Vol. 108

The Good

Black & White and Red All Over: Why Racial Justice Is a Gospel Issue

A Southern Baptist leader takes direct aim at a common objection to discussing race in the church: “Why don’t you stick to preaching the Gospel?”

By Russell Moore | Vol. 108

The Good

Political Dealing: The Crisis of Evangelicalism

Fuller Theological Seminary president Mark Labberton’s remarks at a gathering of evangelical leaders at Wheaton College in April 2018.

By Mark Labberton | Vol. 108

The Good

The Friend We Need but Do Not Want

A lived repentance will require evangelicals to “embrace the sufferings of love.”

By Gregory Thompson | Vol. 108

The Good

On Reality TV

While many decry the merging of news and entertainment, few pay attention to the downstream powerful effects of reality TV on our public life.

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 107

The Sustainable

On Hacking Your Brain

This trend travels under many names—biohacking, smart drugs, cognitive enhancers—and represents the confluence of two currents we’ve been tracking.

By Sam Speers | Vol. 107

The True

On Going to College (and Growing Up)

As students of all ages celebrate graduations, and teachers strike across the country, it’s a good time to think deeply about the value and purpose of education, and its role in the mysterious phenomenon called “growing up.”

By Philip Lorish | Vol. 107

The True

Drugs, College, and Reality TV

From time to time we like to draw your attention to previous editions of Culture Briefing, for the simple reason that learning to name the climate requires sustained attention to cultural trends as they develop and change.

By The New City Commons Staff | Vol. 107

The Just

Human Flow

A Chinese artist’s powerful campaign to highlight the humanity of migrants, filmed over the course of one year across twenty-three countries.

By Ai Weiwei | Vol. 106

The Just

Inside China's Vast New Experiment in Social Ranking

The Chinese government has begun a massive program to track “social credit,” potentially in partnership with Chinese social media and finance corporations.

By Mara Hvistendal | Vol. 106

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