Podcast Pick of the Week: NT Wright and Douglas Murray are guests on Justin Brierley’s Unbelievable podcast, discussing identity, myth & miracles, and the question of how we live in a post-Christian world.

Kindle Deal: Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd. $2.99.

Seven of the best articles I came across this week:

1. Mary Harrington – Love in the Marketplace: What’s for Sale on Online Dating Sites? This is an interesting essay about developments in Western society, the changing roles of women and the place of marriage, and what happens when a sense of belonging disappears. 

2. Russell Moore to Join Christianity Today to Lead New Public Theology ProjectBig news for Russ Moore and CT. Praying for this new endeavor, as well as the future of the ERLC, where Moore has served for the past eight years.

3. Joe Carter – The Supreme Court Could Undermine Roe’s Viability. This is big! he court agreed to take up only one of the three questions posed by the petition: “Whether all pre-viability prohibitions on elective abortions are unconstitutional.” The court will hear oral arguments on the case in its next term, which begins in October.

4. Derek Rishmawy – On Making It Personal (Or, One and a Half Cheers for ‘Abstraction’). This is a really needed word if we’re going to be able to have civil discussion and debate in our society. Well done.

5. Ronni Kurtz – Love People, Not the Idea of People: A Lesson from Ivan Karamazov. The problem with loving people is that people are involved. Often, the command to love our neighbor involves an unavoidable inconvenience.

6. Douglas Preston – Has an Old Soviet Mystery At Last Been Solved? The strange fate of a group of skiers in the Ural Mountains has generated endless speculation. The more recent explanation seems most plausible to me, but still, a fascinating mystery.

7. Enoch Hill, Jason Long, and Cole Serfass – Church Decline and Recovery During Covid-19. A national project aims to understand the impact of the pandemic on church attendance.