Paul Elie

  • The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis

    The Pope in the Attic: Benedict in the Time of Francis

    What’s it like for the first living ex-pope in 600 years to watch from up close as the successor he enabled dismantles his legacy? 

  • How T Bone Burnett Plays Hollywood

    How T Bone Burnett Plays Hollywood

    Getting his folk-musician friends together and making soundtracks, a once-quirky record producer has stirred up a roots-music revival.

  • The Homeschool Diaries

    The Homeschool Diaries

    In New York City, teaching your own kids can make the most practical sense.

  • The Velvet Reformation

    The Velvet Reformation

    The place of gay people in the church is one of the bitterest disputes in Christianity since the Reformation. The Anglican Church is trying to have it both ways—affirming traditional notions of marriage and family while seeking to adapt its teachings to the experiences of gays and lesbians. Presiding over the debate, gently—too gently?—prodding the communion toward acceptance of gay clergy, is Rowan Williams, the brilliant and beleaguered archbishop of Canterbury. He’s been pilloried from all sides for his handling of these issues, but his distinctive theology and leadership style may offer the only way to open the Anglican Church to gay people without breaking it apart.

  • A Man for All Reasons

    In the debate over the war on terror (and just about everything else, too), neocons and liberals, theocons and Christian pacifists, idealists and realists have all called upon the writings of the theologian Reinhold Niebuhr. What does the promiscuous invocation of his work tell us about the man—and about his would-be acolytes?

  • The Year of Two Popes

    How Joseph Ratzinger stepped into the shoes of John Paul II—and what it means for the Catholic Church

  • In Search of a Pope

    Media commentators love to speculate about the power politics of the next conclave. They keep forgetting about the most important factor of all

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Where Time Comes From

The clocks that coordinate your cellphone, GPS, and more

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Computer Vision Syndrome and You

Save your eyes. Take breaks.

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What Happens in 60 Seconds

Quantifying human activity around the world

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