Category: Culture

Reviewing Radicalism: When Reform Becomes Revolution

In 2017, many Protestants will observe the 500th anniversary of their revolution—or at least of its most celebrated image: the promulgation of Luther’s Ninety-five Theses. Though inevitably drowned out by triumphalism, some such observances will be understandably ambivalent about the...

/ February 10, 2017
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The Business of Evangelicalism: Notes on Timothy Gloege’s “Guaranteed Pure”

One of the more complicated questions that many were asking during Donald Trump’s unlikely charge to the White House is why so many evangelicals seemed to line up behind him.

/ January 24, 2017
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“Silence,” Martyrdom, and the Call to Die

In her review of Martin Scorsese’s new film “Silence,” Alissa Wilkinson wrote,

/ January 23, 2017
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He’s No Saint: It’s Time to Talk About the Real Nicholas of Myra

Note: We are issuing this statement anonymously because in the current political climate it is important to protect the safety of dissenters and those whose views may be challenging to the powerful Santa Claus Lobby. Earlier this week we celebrated the...

/ December 8, 2016
vocation-writing

A Note on Publishing at Mere O

Hey all, short update: I’m going to post three essays over the first three days of this week—the first will go live a few minutes after this post. After the last one goes live on Wednesday, I will be going...

/ November 7, 2016
vocation-writing

When Writers Become Brands

Earlier this week, John Oliver made headlines (as he is wont to do) by discussing the fate of local news organizations and especially newspapers:

/ August 10, 2016
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32 Theses (and several more words) on Podcasting

Alan Jacobs has not been shy about his dislike of podcasts—but recently posted an apology, along with a comment and a request. The comment: I like podcasts that are professionally edited, scripted, festooned with appropriate music, crafted into some kind...

/ August 9, 2016
book-reviews

Reviewing Nancy Isenberg’s “White Trash”

This guest review is by Dr. Miles Smith. In 2014 The King’s College professor Anthony Bradley wrote an article on the plight of poor whites for World Magazine. That Bradley, an African American, first raised the issue seems strange, but...

/ August 8, 2016
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Misreading Tolkien and Misreading Scripture: Responding to O’Keefe and Reno

I am reading John J. O’Keefe and R. R. Reno’s Sanctified Vision for the independent study on hermeneutics and theological method I am doing this summer. I have found the book fairly helpful overall, and think the authors are right...

/ July 25, 2016