All posts by Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy as well as the Vice President of the Davenant Institute. He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy Joy, and sons Wendell and Austin. Jake's writing has appeared in Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play. His first book, "In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured Age," will be published summer of 2019 by InterVarsity Press.

Post-Liberalism and American Racism

Recently Adam Serwer published a piece in The Atlantic characterizing the current conversation about liberalism amongst American conservatives as essentially being a sustained, intellectualized temper tantrum thrown over their loss of power. Ross Douthat has done the main work in critiquing...

/ June 28, 2019

On the Liberal’s Incoherence: Responding to Charles C. W. Cooke

In a post over at National Review, NR editor Charles C. W. Cooke has joined the chorus of critics castigating Sohrab Ahmari for giving up on liberalism. Here is the meat of his critique, though you ought to read the whole...

/ June 27, 2019

Book Review: Dignity by Chris Arnade

One of the most important explorations of political theology in recent years is Andrew Willard Jones’s book Before Church and State. Jones’s argument is that our modern social norms, including our political system, are built on the idea that conflict...

/ June 18, 2019
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Can Justice Be Saved? Faith, Love, and Hope in a Political Key

Matt gave three lectures recently at Biola University on the topic of justice. The recordings are now online and are definitely worth your time:

/ June 17, 2019
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Are America’s Megachurches Too Big to Fail?

2008 introduced us to the idea of something being “too big to fail.” In that case it was our nation’s largest banks. They had grown so large and played such a decisive role in our nation’s economy that our national...

/ June 11, 2019
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Can Social Conservatives Lead?

Rusty Reno is right in saying that social conservatives should take the lead in American conservatism. The reason why is plain. Unlike the libertarians, we have a substantive account of the good to which we think society should tend. Unlike...

/ June 10, 2019

David French and the Revolutionary Style in Conservative Journalism

In his sharp response to Sohrab Ahmari’s attack on his approach to politics, National Review writer David French noted that Ahmari’s attack hinged on two bizarre fictions: First, the fiction that French himself is a timid milquetoast classical liberal who...

/ June 3, 2019

On Pro-Life Incrementalism

I heard a man say once that one’s entire response to Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option hinged on how one thought about the sustainability of the current social order. That the existing social order is hostile to orthodoxy is obvious. But...

/ May 24, 2019

The End of Christendom: Notes on the Burning of Notre Dame

Rod Dreher is fond of quoting a line from Benedict XVI who—forgive my paraphrasing—has said that the church’s two most powerful evangelistic tools are her art and her saints. Though I have never been fully outside the church, even during...

/ April 15, 2019

Whose Reaganism? Which Republicanism?

In an intriguing document published last week at First Things and signed by a number of prominent dissident conservatives, the drafters called for an end to “warmed-over Reaganism,” and exhorted America’s conservatives to embrace a communal conservatism that values home, small community, and that...

/ March 27, 2019