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.

Arguing with George William Curtis

I’d never heard of George William Curtis before this past Saturday. A quote of his popped up on my friend’s facebook wall, in what I assume to be a strange way of pepping himself up for the US/Ghana World Cup...

/ June 27, 2010

Gender and the Body – How did we get here?

One of my old professors was fond of saying that in his class we take the first several weeks to chuck a whole bunch of balls in the air and we then spend the rest of the semester learning to...

/ June 24, 2010

Gender, the home, and how we define “work”

Cross posted at Notes from a Small Place. This post is part of an ongoing series of posts I’m doing regarding issues related to the body, gender, sexuality, and self identity. It will be going online later this week at...

/ June 21, 2010

Foucault’s Discipline and Punish and the Abortion Debate or Why You Should Buy Matt’s Book

In Michel Foucault’s book Discipline and Punish he argues that over the past 200 years the emphasis of western justice has shifted from punishing the body to punishing the soul. To support this he cites a number of shifts in...

/ June 17, 2010

Three Reasons You Should Watch Mad Men

Matt got us started on the TV/Pop Culture kick, so I figured it’d be OK if I made my own TV recommendation for Mere O readers. Season 4 of AMC’s hit Mad Men will be debuting this July, which means...

/ June 14, 2010

Sayers on Work: What about the Sabbath?

Dorothy Sayers says that work is what we were put on earth to do. And, personally, I want to agree with her. But supposing one accepts that definition of work, how then do we understand the Sabbath?

/ June 11, 2010

The Sustainability of a Purely Evangelical Identity

Yesterday I got coffee with a friend and our conversation eventually turned to the topic of modern American evangelical identity. My friend voiced frustrations with the arbitrary nature of evangelicalism’s identity with church history. For the most part, evangelicals do...

/ June 10, 2010

“Victimization” Studies and the Evangelical Conscience

A bit more background on me: My focus during my undergraduate career was post-colonial African history. Someday I want to go to grad school to continue studying it. Depending on the program I get in, I might be able to...

/ June 9, 2010

Lousy Trailers and Sewage-filled Ponds

There were a thousand reasons to hate the small campsite nine friends and I called home for three days last summer. Our “cabin” was more like a trailer. There were four mattresses and ten of us – and making room...

/ June 9, 2010