All posts by John Shelton

John Schweiker Shelton is a congressional staffer with a master’s degree from Duke in theological ethics and political theory. He is also a proud Virginian and alumnus of Thomas Jefferson’s university. You can follow him on Twitter @jayshelt for odd musings about theology, philosophy, and fantasy literature.

Putting on Avatars, Putting on Christ: Reflections on “American Democracy in the Internet Age”

G. K. Chesterton was once asked to publish a response to the question “what is wrong with the world?” With characteristic wit and aplomb, he sent the editors back four words: “Dear Sirs, I am.” The story, sadly, is apocryphal....

/ November 12, 2019

The Evangelical Innovators C. S. Lewis Warned Us About

In 1943, C. S. Lewis published The Abolition of Man in an attempt to warn the world about the Innovators, educators who were corrupting the minds of children, turning them into “men without chests.” If Lewis were to write again...

/ April 24, 2019
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Stanley Hauerwas: Modern American Puddleglum

The scene is despairing: four adventurers have lingered far too long in a subterranean city. Slowly, under the enchantment of an evil witch, they have begun to forget that there is life beyond the cavern she rules imperiously. With the...

/ May 8, 2018

On John Locke and His Woke Catholic Critics

The world is going to hell. This unfortunate development most certainly began with the Enlightenment (or was it Duns Scotus?) and it is entirely the fault of John Locke and his nasty gang of philosophy boys. Thus proceeds the standard...

/ August 10, 2017
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Betraying Politics: The Mystique of Public Life

“Everything begins as a mystique and ends as a politique,” observes French essayist Charles Péguy. In other words, that which begins as a pure idea—mystic, even transcendent—devolves into profane politics, the slow grind of policy divorced from any sort of...

/ October 21, 2016