All posts by Matthew Loftus

Matthew Loftus lives with his family in South Sudan, where he teaches and practices Family Medicine at a hospital for women and children. He is a columnist for Christianity Today and a regular contributor for Christ and Pop Culture. You can learn more about his work and writing at www.MatthewAndMaggie.org

Civics is not LARPing

Alyssa Rosenberg has a very simple but profound observation today in the Washington Post about the use of the word “resistance” to describe basic civic duties like calling our elected officials: We should be wary of adopting a renamed version of civic...

/ January 27, 2017

Go to Church LOL: An Impertinent Catechism

Question 1: Why should I go to church when Christians overwhelmingly went for Donald Trump in this past election? Why should I care about being connected to other Christians when they are so proud, xenophobic, homophobic, self-centered, uninformed about basic...

/ January 11, 2017
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Are Religious Liberty Restrictions God’s Judgment on Racism?

“I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities, and lack of bread in all your places, yet you did not return to me,” declares the LORD. – Amos 4:6 I did a number of medical school rotations in...

/ August 15, 2016
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One Third Party Evangelicals Should Look at Seriously: The American Solidarity Party

For pro-life Christians who want the nation’s highest office to defend the unborn, the pickings are grim. Really, for citizens of any religious persuasion who hold to any sort of principle besides “power at any cost”, the major-party choices for...

/ August 1, 2016
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Responding to Alan Jacobs on the Benedict Option

Alan Jacobs has some very good questions for critics of the Benedict Option, and at the risk of possibly digging myself into a deeper hole with yet another BenOp post I would like to offer some answers. My only grounds...

/ June 14, 2016
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What Does Cooking Mean for Singles if “Sex Begins in the Kitchen”?

Contrary to the imagination of the average teenage evangelical, a good marriage consists of more than just sex. A husband and wife create a life together and a home economy out of the entirety of their lives. Their sexual natures...

/ April 11, 2016
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Might Makes Right: A Response to Matthew Lee Anderson

Editor’s Note: ”Boromir” has been involved with Mere Orthodoxy to varying degrees over the years and anonymously submitted this response to Matthew Lee Anderson’s piece on The Undead Religious Right. We have published it here for the sake of hearing...

/ January 25, 2016
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The Blinkered Benedict Option

Rod Dreher was very kind to put more thought into his response to my joke post at First Things at the Benedict Option. I did have a point—which he gets, and has written about before (although I think Jake summed...

/ October 21, 2015
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The Privilege of Atheism, The Politics of Urgency, and The Limits of Policy

What matters more: changing hearts or changing laws? When Hillary Clinton was recently confronted by Black Lives Matter activists about racial injustice in America, she had some frank words: “I don’t believe you change hearts. I believe you change laws.”...

/ October 2, 2015
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Fear the Lifestyle that will Kill Body and Soul

I got a lot of responses to my recent Christianity Today article on vaccines, but one of the more arresting ones was from a mother who asked me what I would say to the parents of a child who had...

/ August 5, 2015