Month: October 2017

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Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 3

This week Alastair, Derek, and Matt take up and read Book 3 of Augustine’s Confessions. If you’d like to read along–which we encourage you to do–Henry Chadwick’s translation is available widely at a reasonable price. If you like the show, please do leave...

/ October 31, 2017

How to Celebrate the Reformation

Today marks the 500th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther (might have) nailed his famous 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. While the historicity of that famous event is in dispute, what is not in question is...

/ October 31, 2017

The Real Presence and the Presence of Reality: In Defense of Reformed Sacramentology

This lecture was originally delivered at Hillsdale College. A PDF version of this essay is also available. Last year, one of Hillsdale’s most famous alumni, Peter Leithart, wrote an essay called “Why Protestants Can’t Write” that began with the line...

/ October 30, 2017
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Book Review: Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Malcolm Guite

I’m pleased to publish this guest review by Dr. Mischa Willett. Let’s get one thing straight: there is nothing wrong with shooting an albatross. As even casual readers in the history of English literature will know, a sailor’s shooting the...

/ October 27, 2017

Conservatism Fails to Act Responsibly

Last Friday Kevin D. Williamson published an essay at National Review that in many ways represents mainstream conservatism’s highs and lows. By turns hilarious, insightful, bizarre, obnoxious, confused, and offensive, Williamson explores the ugly ways in which Trump and his...

/ October 26, 2017

On Powers, Principalities, and Politics

“I’m the idiot box. I’m the TV. I’m the all-seeing eye and the world of the cathode ray. I’m the boob tube. I’m the little shrine the family gathers to adore.” “You’re the television? Or someone in your the television?”...

/ October 20, 2017

Retitling Classic Christian Books for the Internet Age

Thanks to Jon Askonas and Matt Loftus for their help with this. St. Augustine: Crazy Mixed-Up Love: How I Tried Everything Else And Accidentally Found Jesus Martin Luther: Stop Going to Church: How the Church Undermines Authentic Christian Spirituality

/ October 18, 2017
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Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 2

This week Alastair, Derek, and Matt take up and read Book 2 of Augustine’s Confessions. If you’d like to read along–which we encourage you to do–Henry Chadwick’s translation is available widely at a reasonable price. If you like the show, please do leave...

/ October 17, 2017
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What Do We Do with Karl Barth?

I’m pleased to publish this guest post from Dr. Matthew Emerson. Recently, Christiane Tietz’ Theology Today article, “Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum,” was a hot topic in one small corner of the internet, occupied mostly by academic theologians. Tietz’...

/ October 17, 2017

In the Center There Is Joy

It is crucial that we rehabilitate centrism. The way to do it is to see it as a metapolitical thesis. This means no longer construing it as a rival of the various political positions on offer. On this view, centrism...

/ October 13, 2017