All posts by Matthew Loftus

Matthew Loftus teaches and practices Family Medicine in Baltimore and East Africa. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, Comment, & First Things and he is a regular contributor for Christ and Pop Culture. You can learn more about his work and writing at

Moral Formation and Sexual Abuse, Part II: Learning to love what is good by loving one another

Part 1 If human beings were perfectly rational masters of their appetite by default, “Just don’t abuse women!” would be a sufficient response to the crisis of sexual abuse (along with “Punish the abusers!”). One sees a very strong Pelagian...

/ February 7, 2018

Moral Formation and Sexual Abuse Pt. 1: The Problem, How We Make It Worse, and How We Can’t Make It Better

As the stories of #MeToo and #ChurchToo have spread across the internet and previously unaware people have come to realize how widespread sexual abuse and harassment are, we are now asking how to prevent men from abusing or harassing women....

/ February 5, 2018

If Anything Is Pro-Life, Nothing Is

“This is a pro-life issue.” By now you have probably heard this sentiment expressed about any number of issues that are not immediately related to abortion. Food stamps, taxes, healthcare—even immigration!—are designated as “pro-life” causes because they may in some...

/ January 4, 2018

Conservatism Fails to Act Responsibly

Last Friday Kevin D. Williamson published an essay at National Review that in many ways represents mainstream conservatism’s highs and lows. By turns hilarious, insightful, bizarre, obnoxious, confused, and offensive, Williamson explores the ugly ways in which Trump and his...

/ October 26, 2017

On Powers, Principalities, and Politics

“I’m the idiot box. I’m the TV. I’m the all-seeing eye and the world of the cathode ray. I’m the boob tube. I’m the little shrine the family gathers to adore.” “You’re the television? Or someone in your the television?”...

/ October 20, 2017

The Uneasy Conscience of a Christian Liberal: On Michael Wear’s “Reclaiming Hope”

Is there hope for liberalism? Our editor Jake Meador doesn’t think so, following in the footsteps of Alistair Macintyre and Stanley Hauerwas. Alistair Roberts sums up many of the ways in which liberalism (which, as Jake has pointed out, should...

/ September 27, 2017

Creating a Just and Good Healthcare System

On June 3rd, 2017, I gave a talk to the Maryland chapter of the American Solidarity Party. The original text of my talk is below the video.

/ July 26, 2017

A Christian Manifesto on Healthcare and the State

Human beings are created in the image of God, body and soul, and have been called as such “very good.” Our bodily nature reflects God’s goodness to us and the embodied acts that we participate in (eating, sleeping, work, communicating,...

/ July 18, 2017

Finding the Gospel in Game of Thrones

Unless you’re living under a rock (or the proverbial bushel), it’s impossible to have missed the phenomenon that is Game of Thrones. Part fantasy epic, part prestige television, its controversial subject matter has made it a bit of a touchy...

/ July 14, 2017

Will the Church Continue to Kill People with Hepatitis C?

Friends, There is an urgent soul-cry from the culture. From our neighbors. This cry has been silenced by the church and ignored by the media.

/ May 15, 2017