All posts by Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy and author of "In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World." 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, Austin, and Ambrose. 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.

Narnia Essay Contest

We announced this on Twitter earlier in the week, but here’s the official announcement on our website: We’re running our first ever essay contest. We are going to publish seven essays, each of which arguing for why one of the...

/ October 2, 2020

Steelmanning the “Fill the Seat” Debate

The best argument for holding Justice Ginsburg’s SCOTUS seat until after the presidential inauguration comes from Alexander Solzhenitsyn’s Harvard speech in which he assailed America’s tendency toward “legalism.” By “legalism” Solzhenitsyn meant a characteristically American tendency to think that as...

/ September 21, 2020

Announcing the Mere Orthodoxy KickStarter

We have officially launched our KickStarter campaign! What follows is cross-posted from KickStarter: A Christian Magazine for Rootless Times Ours is a society of orphans, of people who don’t belong to anyone. Americans report skyrocketing rates of loneliness and mental...

/ September 15, 2020

A Thousand Liveried Angels Lackey Her: In Memoriam Nancy Snyder

Fame in this country and fame on Earth are two quite different things. ~ C. S. Lewis High tea is a long-established Sunday evening tradition at L’Abri. The thinking is that after a large Sunday lunch following church, dinner is not...

/ August 21, 2020

Conservatism, Out of Decadence

In a review of Ross Douthat’s book The Decadent Society, Tara Isabella Burton argued that the way out of decadence is to have actual public conversation and debate about how our politics can be reconnected to something transcendent or, at...

/ August 13, 2020

Seven Notes on Bostock v Clayton County and the Future of Social Conservatism

At this point anyone concerned with the future of religious institutions in the United States is already aware of this week’s ruling in Bostock v Clayton County. (Oyez has the key facts; the folks at Volokh Conspiracy put together a summary...

/ June 17, 2020

Keep Christianity Weird

Oliver O’Donovan begins the sixth chapter of his Desire of the Nations, a chapter concerned with the status and legitimacy of Christendom, by considering what made the political witness of the early church compelling:

/ May 12, 2020

Busena and Emmanuel’s Story: Refugees Seeking Peace

This is a bit of an unusual post for us. Here’s the story: Through my church I recently became aware of a refugee situation in Lincoln involving a young South Sudanese man named Emmanuel Chol who recently lost his refugee...

/ May 8, 2020

Thinking Christianly About the Ahmaud Arbery Lynching

Let’s start here. This is what we know about what happened in February in Brunswick GA when Ahmaud Arbery was shot and killed according to the New York Times: BRUNSWICK, Ga. — Ahmaud Arbery loved to run. It was how...

/ May 7, 2020

Liberalism, the American Right, and the Place of Love in Politics

The debate about the common good currently roiling American conservatism is not a new one. In the 1960s it vexed National Review contributors, with William F. Buckley dismissing Pope John XXIII’s encyclical on social progress “Mater et Magistra,” with a...

/ May 5, 2020