Month: February 2022


Thinking Christian: Essays on Testimony, Accountability, and the Christian Mind

James Spencer crossed my radar in a rather unlikely way. My friend, Allison, told me about the Moody Center which I proceeded to check out. Spencer, a former academic dean at Moody Bible Institute, is now the president of the...

/ February 28, 2022

Why People Don’t Leave Social Media

Social media makes us unhappy. Or, more precisely, social media increases unhappiness for many of us. I spend a lot of time interacting with University students, many of whom are becoming aware that their use of social media is bad...

/ February 25, 2022

Christian Historiography and American History

Over the past year, parents and conservative activists have clashed with teachers and school officials over how the history of race in America is taught in the classroom. The rhetoric on both sides has been heated, with debate centering specifically...

/ February 24, 2022

Contemplative Realism: The Germinal Yearnings of a New Literary Movement

“Realists do not fear the results of their study.” —Dostoevsky Maybe I was a twenty-something romantic haunting the East Side of Milwaukee. A draught stole past the cream city bricks, trespassed the strips of sackcloth patching the window. Once a...

/ February 23, 2022

The Church Will Not Be Consulted

In recent years it has become increasingly popular for churches of differing sizes, locations, and denominational traditions to make use of consultant services to find new ministers and staff for Christian institutions. If you browse the denominational job boards of...

/ February 22, 2022

A Second Fundamentalism and the Butterfly of American Christianity

We live in a time of division, as many of us can wearily testify, but we also live in a time of disorientation. Navigating divisions can be challenging, but the challenge multiplies when we are disoriented, and that is a...

/ February 21, 2022


There is great concern in the church today about individualism. From Carl Trueman’s work on expressive individualism to other works revealing its deficiencies and threats to Christian spirituality, ours is believed to be an age of individualism. These critiques are...

/ February 18, 2022

Making Theology Public

A steadily growing number of disillusioned evangelicals are finding comfort in the subversive doctrines of Christian Reconstructionism. As noted by Andrew Walker in an essay about the movement, those taking in the notions of Reconstructionism suffer mostly from dissatisfaction with...

/ February 17, 2022

Resignations and Reunions: Industrialism’s Broken Promises

An epochal shift is underway; one that social scientists will dissect for decades. And it doesn’t bode well for corporate America. In what economists are calling ‘The Great Resignation’, one-third of the employed workforce—over 47 million laborers—quit their jobs in...

/ February 10, 2022

Transcendentalists Against Slavery

Peter Wirzbicki is Assistant Professor of History at Princeton University. The following interview revolves around his book, Fighting for the Higher Law: Black and White Transcendentalists Against Slavery. Fighting for the Higher Law: Black and White Transcendentalists Against Slavery (America...

/ February 9, 2022