Month: December 2017


Mere Fidelity: The Virgin Birth

In their final episode of the year, the whole cast considers the theological significance of the Virgin Birth. Thanks to all of you who have listened, commented, and contributed to the show this year. We are very grateful for your...

/ December 20, 2017

The 2017 Eliot Awards

For the longest time one of my favorite year-end rituals has been combing through David Brooks’s Sydney Award winners for the year to find which ones I’d missed and to re-read favorites from earlier in the year.

/ December 20, 2017

Faithful Extension and the Question of Human Origins

William T. Cavanaugh and Jamie K. A. Smith, eds.: Evolution and the Fall, Eerdmans, 2017. The questions the church confronts most severely at present are questions of human nature, and what to call good and what to reject as broken...

/ December 19, 2017

Twenty-Five “Non-Christian” Books Published This Year That Christians Should Read

By Brad Vermurlen Around this time each year, many of the pastors and seminary professors I’m connected to on social media post their top ten books of the year. Inevitably, most of the books they select are religiously committed books...

/ December 18, 2017

Quiz: Are you an evangelical?

Matthew Loftus, Susannah Black, Matthew Lee Anderson, Jon Askonas, and Christian Young assisted with the drafting of the questions. Also, thanks to Alan Noble for mentioning this idea on Twitter!

/ December 15, 2017

A Consequentialist Theory of Voting

By Stephen Wolfe The Trump and Moore political campaigns raise an important question for Christians: does one endorse the moral life of the candidate he votes for? Surprisingly, there seems to be consensus on this, regardless of one’s willingness to...

/ December 14, 2017

The Principled Pro-Life Vote

One brief note on last night’s result in Alabama: In last year’s senate race won by Richard Shelby, there were 3,631 write-in votes. At time of writing with 98% reporting, there are 22,019 write-in votes in the run-off election.

/ December 13, 2017

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book V

Matt, Alastair and Derek consider Augustine’s movement from Carthage to Milan in Book 5 of *Confessions.* If you like the show, please do leave us a review on iTunes. We are also available on Google Play. If you’re interested in supporting the...

/ December 12, 2017

Five Theses on Voting and the Alabama Senate Election

It’s election day in Alabama. If recent electoral trends are a reliable metric, today’s election is probably a preview of what we can expect to see more and more often in the years to come: a wildly unqualified Republican candidate...

/ December 12, 2017

Reading the Hymns: Joy to the World

By Steven Wedgeworth Though it is today one of the most popular Christmas hymns, “Joy to the World,” was not originally a Christmas carol at all. Written by Isaac Watts, “Joy to the World” originally appeared in his 1719 The Psalms...

/ December 11, 2017