Month: January 2018

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Book Club: Confessions, Book VI

Matt, Alastair and Derek consider book 6 of Augustine’s 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 show financially, you can check out...

/ January 31, 2018
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Book Review: Confident Pluralism by John Inazu

John Inazu’s book Confident Pluralism is a helpful text that provides readers with both a legal explanation of how a pluralistic society would function politically and a clear statement about the sort of character needed to make a pluralistic society...

/ January 31, 2018

Three Notes on Women Professors and Seminary

John Piper caused a bit of a kerfuffle on Christian Twitter the other day with a podcast episode in which he said that only men should teach at seminaries. Though much of the discussion that followed was both boring and...

/ January 24, 2018

Debating the Actual Crisis of Liberalism

Now that the dust has settled a bit on the Mortara debate prompted by Fr. Cessario at First Things, I want to ask a more general question about the state of play between the more radical anti-liberals in the religious conservative...

/ January 23, 2018
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Mere Fidelity: Equality

And we are off and running! In our first show of the year, Derek, Alastair and Matt consider its theological dimensions and social uses of ‘equality.’ G If you like the show, please do leave us a review on iTunes. We...

/ January 17, 2018

Notes on Edgardo Mortara from a Protestant Onlooker

Last week First Things, as the colloquialism earthily says, stepped in it. The occasion for this unpleasantness was the publication of an essay by Romanus Cessario, O.P., arguing that the church was within its rights when Pope Pius IX abducted Edgardo Mortara,...

/ January 15, 2018

Prophetic Performers, Authenticity Acts, and the Need for Wisdom

Growing in wisdom involves growing in the discernment of who is wise, and who only parodies wisdom. While there are many ways to parody wisdom, two stand out in the age of the internet. At first glance they might seem...

/ January 5, 2018

If Anything Is Pro-Life, Nothing Is

“This is a pro-life issue.” By now you have probably heard this sentiment expressed about any number of issues that are not immediately related to abortion. Food stamps, taxes, healthcare—even immigration!—are designated as “pro-life” causes because they may in some...

/ January 4, 2018
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The Problems Two Kingdoms Don’t Solve

By Simon Kennedy and Ben Saunders The church in the West is facing a significant cultural crisis. Aggressive secularisation and rapidly declining religious influence combine to bring a sense of despair in the Christian’s relationship with society. In the United...

/ January 3, 2018

The Politics of the Last Jedi

The following includes spoilers for Star Wars: The Last Jedi. In Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Right Hand Man,” the song in Hamilton that introduces the story’s protagonist to Gen. George Washington, he first tells the story of Hamilton’s daring theft of British cannons before...

/ January 2, 2018