All posts by Andrew Walker

A Blue Collar, Big Society Conservatism

With Matt waxing eloquent during last week’s four theses on social conservatism, I thought it would be appropriate to highlight how aspects of social conservatism are capturing renewed attention. Michael Gerson at the Washington Post and the ever-maddening David Brooks...

/ October 4, 2012

Young Republicans: The New Materialists

A recent article published in the New York Times dealt with young Republicans abandoning their party’s historic positions on social conservatism, instead preferring a more libertarian posture on social issues. So now, there are young “conservatives” making peace with abortion...

/ August 10, 2012

Marriage & My Common Good

“The greatest political storm flutters only a fringe of humanity. But an ordinary man and an ordinary woman and their ordinary children literally alter the destiny of nations.” –G. K. Chesterton I’ve recently returned from celebrating my wife’s grandparent’s 6oth wedding anniversary. Their...

/ June 25, 2012

Of Foils & Scapegoats: Evangelicals & Partisanship

There is no more of a popular and easy target for young evangelicals to skewer than a church wedded to political conservatism. Simply recounting the charts, the statistics, and the angst fueling the movement would prove unhelpful because of its...

/ March 9, 2012

Books & Culture on Evangelicalism

Friend-of-Mere-O Christopher Benson has alerted me to an important discussion taking place over at Books & Culture. With the release of Four Views on the Spectrum of Evangelicalism, the question of “what is evangelicalism?” is once again being addressed. Books and...

/ February 7, 2012

Newt Gingrich, Evangelicals, & Imperfectability

This post is coauthored by Andrew Walker and Eric Teetsel In recent days, Mere Orthodoxy has played host to several essays on Newt Gingrich. Matthew Lee Anderson—a friend and co-laborer in the effort to engage young evangelicals with conservative ideas—and...

/ January 27, 2012

Are Evangelicals Really Conservative?

By far, the most important (and provocative) book I’ve read this year belongs to perennial controversialist, D.G. Hart. His From Billy Graham to Sarah Palin: Evangelicals and the Betrayal of American Conservatism is proving to be quite the conversation starter in...

/ November 9, 2011

New York Times: Red-State Evangelical Fundamentalism

Karl Giberson and Randall Stephens have penned an excoriating editorial in the New York Times on Red-State evangelical fundamentalism. This is no surprise as Giberson, in particular, and Stephens, authors of The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, have reigned...

/ October 18, 2011

A “hubbub” on Marriage with Tony Jones & Lisa Miller

There is a “hubbub” afoot on whether clergy should perform weddings on behalf of the state. The “hubbub” is fomented mostly by Tony Jones, who refuses to perform weddings on behalf of the state or have his own marriage recognized by...

/ September 19, 2011

Required Reading: Hauerwas’ ‘Resident Aliens.’

Pick up any popular-level article on college-age church attendance or attend any church growth webinar, and you’ll almost assuredly find some hip, church growth expert bemoaning the “church’s” failure to retain its young adults. With latte in hand, we’ll be...

/ September 15, 2011