Mark Oppenheimer

Mark Oppenheimer writes the Beliefs column for the New York Times. He can be found at and followed on Twitter @markopp1.

March 26 2012 3:06 PMTo Give and To GetWhy a Congressman can’t order his aide to give his wife a Jewish divorce.
A Fine Whine
April 25 2011 4:45 PMBoycott the Royal WeddingAmericans are supposed to hate monarchs, not worship them.
Jan. 24 2011 7:08 AMThe Unholy PleasureMy life-long recovery from snobbery.
Dec. 13 2010 8:37 PMAbsolutely Not! Minority Groups Should Resist the Pull of Assimilation.
The Book Club
Aug. 21 2010 6:53 AMThe Professionalization of the American Schoolboy Saddens Me
The Book Club
Aug. 18 2010 12:10 PMIs Style More Important Than Substance? It Is, Actually.
July 30 2010 9:55 AMJudging a Girl by Her CoverWhy I'll miss a world where books make the first move.
May 15 2009 12:53 PMWhich Brings Me to the Work I've Done in AfricaPoliticians make lousy commencement speakers. Hire a celebrity instead.
Feb. 26 2009 6:46 AMDaddy Eats Dead CowsCan a meat-loving father raise vegetarian children?
April 17 2008 12:57 PMHaggadah Better IdeaLet's stop improving Passover.
April 2 2007 10:14 AMHaggadah Better IdeaLet's stop improving Passover.
Sept. 29 2006 1:11 PMSin OfferingsHow Jews and Christians can improve on Yom Kippur.
March 14 2006 5:16 PMPizza My HeartCan the founder of Domino's create a Catholic utopia?
Dec. 21 2005 7:15 AMWitches' Brew at Winter SolsticeHow Wiccans do themselves in.
June 16 2011 7:09 AMFancypantsHow I cured myself of a craving for selvedge denim.
April 5 2011 7:01 AMSave NPR!But please, put PBS out of its misery.
Dec. 14 2010 10:37 AMBeware of Bland American Consumerism
Aug. 30 2010 3:58 PMMuffy Adores SynchillaTaking the new Preppy Handbook for a test drive.
The Book Club
Aug. 19 2010 12:14 PMWhy Are Presidential Debates So Dreadful?
Brow Beat
Aug. 3 2010 3:39 PMA Response to the "Atlantic" Concerning Attractive Young Book Readers on the Metro
Dec. 18 2009 12:42 PMWitches' Brew at Winter SolsticeHow Wiccans do themselves in.
April 10 2009 5:47 PMFor God's SakeWhy it's worth bringing your kid along to pray.
Nov. 12 2008 2:48 PMSo When Will a Muslim Be President? A guide to which minority group has the best chance to win the White House next.
July 31 2007 3:57 PMFor the Love of XenuScientology may be a bizarre faith invented by a sci-fi hack. But it's not a cult.
Feb. 19 2007 7:11 AMGoing to the ChapelHarvard wasn't the only school to appoint a woman last week.
April 14 2006 5:53 AMFor God, for CountryRemembering the radical chaplain William Sloane Coffin Jr.
Jan. 19 2006 2:10 PMSupersede MeEvangelicals rethink how to convert Jews.
Nov. 30 1999 3:30 AM In the Biblical SenseA guide to the booming Christian sex-advice industry.


Medical Examiner

The Most Terrifying Thing About Ebola 

The disease threatens humanity by preying on humanity.

I Bought the Huge iPhone. I’m Already Thinking of Returning It.

Scotland Is Just the Beginning. Expect More Political Earthquakes in Europe.

Students Aren’t Going to College Football Games as Much Anymore

And schools are getting worried.

Two Damn Good, Very Different Movies About Soldiers Returning From War

The XX Factor

Lifetime Didn’t Think the Steubenville Rape Case Was Dramatic Enough

So they added a little self-immolation.


Blacks Don’t Have a Corporal Punishment Problem

Americans do. But when blacks exhibit the same behaviors as others, it becomes part of a greater black pathology. 

Why a Sketch of Chelsea Manning Is Stirring Up Controversy

How Worried Should Poland, the Baltic States, and Georgia Be About a Russian Invasion?

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