Category: Reviews (Books)

Faithful Extension and the Question of Human Origins

William T. Cavanaugh and Jamie K. A. Smith, eds.: Evolution and the Fall, Eerdmans, 2017. The questions the church confronts most severely at present are questions of human nature, and what to call good and what to reject as broken...

/ December 19, 2017
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Twenty-Five “Non-Christian” Books Published This Year That Christians Should Read

By Brad Vermurlen Around this time each year, many of the pastors and seminary professors I’m connected to on social media post their top ten books of the year. Inevitably, most of the books they select are religiously committed books...

/ December 18, 2017

What of the Baptists? A Response to Samuel James

Joseph Minich also assisted with the writing of this response. As editors of People of the Promise: A Mere Protestant Eccleisology, we were honored by Samuel D. James’ review of our co-writers’ primer in Christianity Today. And while James tone...

/ December 4, 2017
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The Christian Commonwealth and Natural Law: Littlejohn Responds to Dillon

From Jake: I’ve invited Brad Littlejohn to respond to Kyle Dillon’s review of his book The Two Kingdoms: A Guide for the Perplexed. I am very grateful to Kyle Dillon’s thoughtful review of my little book, The Two Kingdoms: A Guide...

/ November 21, 2017
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Book Review: Awaiting the King by James K. A. Smith

By Jeff Bilbro Awaiting the King, Jamie Smith’s third and final volume in his Cultural Liturgies series, is a provocative and hopeful call for Christians to participate boldly in the messy meantime of the saeculum, confident that our King is...

/ November 20, 2017
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Book Review: Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Malcolm Guite

I’m pleased to publish this guest review by Dr. Mischa Willett. Let’s get one thing straight: there is nothing wrong with shooting an albatross. As even casual readers in the history of English literature will know, a sailor’s shooting the...

/ October 27, 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
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Book Review: Assimilate or Go Home by D. L. Mayfield

As we’ve discussed in the past, the evangelical memoir genre has become a trend in evangelical publishing and, like most publishing trends, it is very much a mixed bag. At its best, the genre is a refashioning of traditional conversion...

/ September 26, 2017

The Christian Journalist in the Era of Fake News

From Jake: This is a great day for Mere Orthodoxy: We have our first long-form commissioned essay paid for by our generous patrons via our Patreon page. We’re kicking off our long-form series with an excellent piece from Gracy Olmstead...

/ September 11, 2017
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Book Review: How to Think by Alan Jacobs

I. A few months ago I made the mistake of getting into an argument on Facebook. Though my interlocutor knew that I’m a conservative, the point that I was making was not one (presumably) he had heard many other conservatives...

/ August 31, 2017