We Are Not Garden Snails

“In the image of God he created them, male and female he created them” (Gen. 1:27). For years I had been trying to get to the bottom of this troubling passage, and it all started with a conversation about garden snails. “Do you know where Plato thinks human sexuality comes from?” my friend Jack asked. I had not. “He ...

Catholicism: The Real Women’s Liberation Movement

Protoevanglium. It’s not a kind of octopus or jellyfish. The Protoevangelium is the first announcement of the Gospel, the promise that sin would not have the last word. It reminds us that without woman, the whole economy of salvation becomes unintelligible. From the “mother of all living” to the mother of God, Mary, all of ...

Sex: Our Greatest Natural Resource

Sexual differentiation is our greatest natural resource. The fact that Adam and Eve are not identical, but corresponding, is not just a part of God’s creation. It is the best part. The fruitful tension between husband and wife, the unity-in-diversity of humanity, along with its vital outcome of children, is how continuity and diversity are sustained ...

Male and Female: A Perfect Pairing?

Why did God make us male and female? Surely God could have devised some other manner of human life, made in his image, that did not require two sexes. Why Adam and Eve? Why husband and wife, father and mother, XY and XX?   [Note: this essay was first published by Ethika Politika and is reprinted with permission.]   This article ...

Why Did God Make Eve?

Why did God make Eve? Why not just stop with Adam? God made Eve for the same reason God makes anything—as a celebration of his own glory. [Note: this essay was first published by Crisis Magazine and is reprinted with permission.] God was up to something of eternal importance in making his special image-bearers male and female. When God made Eve he ...

Mud & Poetry Sample Chapter

I, too, saw God through mud— The mud that cracked on cheeks when wretches smiled. Chapter 1 Mud & Poetry We must not rank ourselves too low; and with still greater care we must see that we do not think of ourselves more highly than we ought to think. —Saint Bernard of Clairvaux   Some people think of Christianity as the color white, like ...