Month: August 2017

book-reviews

Book Review: How to Think by Alan Jacobs

I. A few months ago I made the mistake of getting into an argument on Facebook. Though my interlocutor knew that I’m a conservative, the point that I was making was not one (presumably) he had heard many other conservatives...

/ August 31, 2017

Why I Won’t Sign the Nashville Statement

The ongoing dispute over the shape and meaning of “evangelicalism’s” understanding of sexual ethics took a sharper, more institutionally focused form yesterday. The CBMW convened what they are calling a “Coalition for Biblical Sexuality,” and released a series of affirmations...

/ August 30, 2017

Patience and Hermeneutics: On Brian Zahnd, Marcion, and Origen

I’m pleased to publish this guest essay from Dr. Mark Randall James. Brian Zahnd’s new book, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, has invited comparison with one of the greatest of early heretics, Marcion. In a long and...

/ August 28, 2017

Paul and the Slave Girl: Racism and the Great Gospel Narrative

I’m pleased to publish this guest feature from Joseph Torres. It’s impossible to be a culturally aware Christian and not be sensitive to the high tension environment in which we live. Just last week, a protest was held in Charlottesville,...

/ August 18, 2017

On Trump and Repentance

As is my rule with these things, I’ve taken a few days to hold off on publishing anything on Charlottesville. That said, it’s been a couple days now and for several reasons I think it’s a good time to post...

/ August 17, 2017

Social Conservatism vs Tribal Nationalism

I’m pleased to publish this guest essay from Dr. Paul D. Miller. What was social conservatism, and why did evangelicals adopt it as their political creed? What has become of the movement under President Donald J. Trump? Politically, social conservatism...

/ August 16, 2017

On John Locke and His Woke Catholic Critics

The world is going to hell. This unfortunate development most certainly began with the Enlightenment (or was it Duns Scotus?) and it is entirely the fault of John Locke and his nasty gang of philosophy boys. Thus proceeds the standard...

/ August 10, 2017

Orthodoxy, Sex Ethics, and the Meaning of Nature

James K.A. Smith’s recent criticism of those who have made a particular sexual ethic a criterion of ‘orthodoxy’ has generated a minor kerfuffle, as these things go. My friends and Mere Fidelity collaborators Derek Rishmawy and Alastair Roberts have both...

/ August 9, 2017
book-reviews

Book Review: The Two Kingdoms: A Guide for the Perplexed by Brad Littlejohn

I’m pleased to publish this guest review by the Rev. Kyle Dillon. American churches today have become divided over the question of what it means to live as Christians in an increasingly post-Christian society. Should our approach toward secular culture...

/ August 8, 2017

You, Too, Can Be a Badass, My Daughter: Enchantment and the Modern Fairy Tale

I’m pleased to publish this review essay from Tessa Carman. I read Neil Gaiman’s paean to badass womanhood, The Sleeper and the Spindle, days after I became a mother of a daughter. Gorgeously illustrated by Chris Riddell, the Snow White/Sleeping...

/ August 7, 2017