Anne Snyder, the new Editor-in-Chief of Comment Magazine
by Danielle Martell
“Comment is more than a magazine; it’s a movement.” These are the words used to describe Comment’s journal published by the Cardus think tank based in Ontario, with current plans underway to expand into the United States. If you have never had the opportunity to subscribe to Comment, you may want to consider doing so. As their website indicates, Comment is “one of the leading Christian thought journals in North America.” It attracts a high caliber of talented writers from the Christian world who integrate relevant everyday issues for our modern times while interacting with our theologically-rich Christian heritage and making it accessible for the everyday reader.
The magazine has a history of appealing to influential writers such as James K. A. Smith, Alan Jacobs, Wesly Hill, Susan Wise Bauer, and Margaret Somerville, to only name a few. As of late, Comment has hired a new Editor-in-Chief: Anne Snyder.
Snyder comes to Comment with exceptional expertise in the intellectual world and the area of writing. Approximately a decade ago, she began her writing career at Comment, and through encouragement from James K. A. Smith, she persisted in her gifting. Since then, she has been published widely, including in The Washington Post, The Atlantic Monthly, City Journal and in a variety of other contexts. She has also recently published a book called, The Fabric of Character, addressing relevant issues around philanthropy in our current day.
Comment reaches out to a broad base of people with their magazine. They will always be appreciated by pastors and academics. However, according to Snyder, they also see themselves as accessible to “anyone who is open to a theological lens on life.” That could be those of the faith or not. The magazine is good reading for anyone with a faith interest, but also particularly for all Christians. Snyder states, “I hope that anyone who is a faithful Christian is interested in the integration of faith and learning and why one’s faith impacts one’s life, and particularly how the Christian faith has so many resources in the doctrine imbedded in hope. God is making all things new.” She says that in the upcoming issues of Comment, “We will have some articles that look at the state of the church in all of its forms, but it will be a magazine that is less about the naval gazing, less about the church, and more about the world from people who have a Christian lens on reality.”
In a discussion with Snyder on some of the more challenging issues Christians face today, she provided the following reflection:
“There is a lot of wrestling with how we navigate a pluralistic democracy. Do we want to withdraw or do culture war and protect our way of life? Or do we find ways to become salt and light out there within it? I think that is something the Christian world is very divided over right now. I would love Comment to be the place, not so much to host that debate, but to show that there is actually a way to be in the mess and be in the world amongst all these different traditions and to speak with gentleness and moral clarity. I would love Comment to show how that is possible, both by being a very hospitable publication, but also by being theologically robust.”
Snyder’s first issue will be published this fall. She gave us a sneak peek, indicating that it will be a dialogue on love and fear with a mix of stories, essays, art, and poems, with personal and academic reflection. She remarks, “I’m hoping it will resonate with where people are feeling the society is.”
Right now, for a limited time, you can access Comment online for free. Cardus is offering this accessibility in celebration of welcoming Anne Snyder to their team. They are delighted to have her and are confident in her capacity to take Comment to the next level. You will not want to miss the opportunity to check out Comment for free or sign up for a subscription at www.cardus.ca/comment. Enjoy Comment!