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What Is Church for? The Point Magazine Issue Launch & Reception

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Why would a non-religious magazine bother to explore the role of church in our lives? What sort of answers did they think would emerge, and how have their readers responded?

Since its founding, The Point Magazine has been animated by two core convictions: that humane thinking is essential in contemporary life, and that our lives are full of experiences worth thinking about. In recent years, the magazine has been praised for cultivating a rare space for the civil exchange of perspectives, and as one of the few publications where the essay form is flourishing. The Times Literary Supplement has called it “subtle and various, empathetic and argumentative,” and the New Yorker’s James Wood said that The Point is, “consistently wise, provocative, intelligent, serious, and just.”

In the magazine's most recent print issue, they asked a question central to our mission at Upper House; namely, What Is Church for?

On January 25, we are excited to learn more as we help launch The Point's 15th issue. We invite you to join us for hors d’oeuvres and a panel discussion with Point editors, Jon Baskin, Rachel Wiseman, and (our own) Robert Kehoe.




The Point is a print and digital magazine of philosophical writing. Each issue contains three sections: essays that blend memoir, criticism and journalism to examine the ideas and beliefs that shape our world; a symposium that gathers contributions on a topic chosen by the editors (e.g. privacy, sports, film, marriage), and reviews of pretty much anything at all. The Point adheres to no specific political or social agenda; instead, they ask their readers to participate in a dialogue between diverse intellectual traditions, personalities and points of view. The goal is a society where the examined life is not an abstract ideal, but an everyday practice.

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