Month: January 2021

Mere Fidelity

The Insurrection of January Sixth

For the first episode of 2021, Matt, Derek, and Alastair apply their expertise and experience to thinking theologically about the pro-Trump protest that turned into an attack on the U.S. Capitol. Is this the fruit of ejecting God from our...

/ January 19, 2021

Catholicism in the Swamp: A Response to Brandon McGinley’s “The Prodigal Church”

Ed. note: This is the third and final response in our symposium on Brandon McGinley’s book The Prodigal Church. The American landscape has been a fertile seedbed historically for a very specific sort of Christianity. Methodism and Baptist expressions of the...

/ January 15, 2021

Defining “White Evangelical Crap”

One of the comments I got in response to Monday’s post was a fairly simple question: “What exactly do you have in mind when you talk about ‘white evangelical crap?'” It’s a fair question. So here’s an attempt at an...

/ January 14, 2021

Engagement Without Fear: Responding to Brandon McGinley’s “The Prodigal Church”

To anyone paying attention to church participation in North America over the last forty years, things are not now, nor have they been, very good. The jeremiads have been spoken, the eulogies written, and the post-mortem begun, while the patient...

/ January 14, 2021

Authenticity and Prodigality: Response to Brandon McGinley’s “The Prodigal Church”

Ed. Note: This is the first response of three we will be publishing as part of a brief symposium on Brandon McGinley’s book The Prodigal Church. One of the ways that Catholics tell the story of modernity—think for instance of Charles...

/ January 13, 2021

After Evangelicalism

Recently I was talking with a dear friend about how the gift that our particular collegiate experience gave us could be summarized this way: It made it possible for us to disentangle “Christianity” from “stupid American evangelical crap.”

/ January 11, 2021