At Current, we believe that good thinking makes the smooth places rough. Much of our public discourse today, to borrow a line from Columbia University historian Barbara Fields, is “toggling between blurb and melodrama.” It is woefully flat, predictable, and unimaginative.
Democratic life is messy. It requires debate, conversation, and persuasion. We at Current have created a space that seeks to model this aspect of democratic life. We publish critical voices–old and new. We review books that teach us how to be human in this world. We publish creative non-fiction that illuminates the virtues necessary for us to live together with one another.
Current is not a Christian publication, but we take faith seriously and some of our contributors write out of a religious tradition. Some of our staff have roots in American evangelical Christianity and thus have a passion for getting their fellow believers to understand themselves better and think harder about how Christians should engage in public life.
We are writers, historians, literary critics, public theologians, cultural critics, teachers, and artists who care about the United States of America and believe we have something to offer to make it, and the world, a better place. Everyday we publish a feature and multiple blog posts at two blogs: The Arena and The Way of Improvement Leads Home. We are not a Substack. We are an online journal of opinion and commentary.
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