Month: April 2020

We’re All Legalists Now: Notes on Solzhenitsyn’s Harvard Address

Alexander Solzhenitsyn opens his Harvard commencement address with a statement that is characteristically Russian, something Dostoyevsky would probably say — “The truth is seldom pleasant; it is invariably bitter.”

/ April 17, 2020

How Not to Talk About Pastoral Ministry During a Plague

I’m generally not one to complain about tone when assessing a book or article; I don’t love the foray into hopeless subjectivity that such a move (to me, anyhow) usually represents. But there are times when tone matters and you...

/ April 16, 2020

The Education of Ross Douthat: Reviewing The Decadent Society

“History has many cunning passages, contrived corridors And issues, deceives with whispering ambitions” -T.S. Eliot, Gerontion “TRUMP HAD A CEILING HE ALWAYS HAD A CEILING I TOLD YOU HE HAD A CEILING I TOLD YOU I TOLD YOU I TOLD...

/ April 15, 2020

Moral Realism, Public Health, and Truth-telling Amid COVID-19

As the lockdown proceeds with no official end date in sight, we must turn our attention to a new reality confronting us: It is impossible to proceed with a lockdown to prevent COVID-19 deaths without other harms resulting. This was...

/ April 14, 2020
Mere Fidelity

Eastertide In The Time of Coronavirus

Matt, Derek, and Alastair discuss how they are celebrating Easter in the time of coronavirus, and how the Eastertide season looks to them in quarantine. Listen in for insights on how to celebrate the victory over death in the midst...

/ April 14, 2020

Ark of Consumerism

Rockefeller Center sprawls for 22 acres in one of the densest cities on earth, its highest tower stretches 850 feet into the sky, and it has over 8,000,000 square feet of office and retail space. Within this complex dwells a...

/ April 13, 2020

Medical (and Theological) Reasoning in a Pandemic

“a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;” Ecclesiastes 3:3 A Common Word Between Medicine and the Church My day begins at 5:30 am. Not a bad start....

/ April 13, 2020

Thomas Aquinas Reviews Worship Songs: Above All

Whether Our Lord “thought of me above all?” Objection 1: It would seem that Christ, in his humanity, thought of me above all. For the Apostle writes “let each esteem others better than themselves. Look not every man on his...

/ April 13, 2020

The Stripped Altar and the Body of Christ

If this were a normal Holy Week (it isn’t), and if I were presiding over a Maundy Thursday service (I’m not), then the service would typically conclude with the stripping of the altar. As Psalm 22 is read, we would...

/ April 9, 2020

What America Needs Now: A Williamson National Unity Cabinet

By the Mere O Editors In the last Democratic debate, Joe Biden declared that he would nominate a woman as his vice-presidential running mate. That felt right at the time. But times have changed. Biden needs to go much, much...

/ April 8, 2020