Category: Culture War


Recovering our Confidence: Four Theses on Social Conservatism (#4)

Note from Jake: This is the final post in Matt’s social conservatism series published in 2012 which we are re-publishing this week. Post 1, Post 2, Post 3 One of my underlying themes through this week has been the current...

/ July 29, 2016

Recover Intellectual Creativity: Four Theses on Social Conservatism (#3)

Note from Jake: This is part three of Matt’s series on social conservatism from the fall of 2012 which we are re-publishing this week. Part 1, Part 2 Let’s start today with a detour through David Brooks’ column from this...

/ July 28, 2016

End the Hostilities Against Elites: Four Theses on Social Conservatism (#2)

Note from Jake: We are re-publishing Matt’s old series from the fall of 2012 on social conservatism: Part 1 Thesis: For social conservatism to thrive, it needs to end its hostility toward elite institutions that are currently opposed to it....

/ July 27, 2016

Idylls of the Right

This guest post is by Matthew Mellema. “The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfills himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The rise of Donald Trump has me...

/ June 16, 2016

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

The Culture War Is Interested in You

Last summer, David Brooks wrote that the social conflicts “oriented around the Sexual revolution” were over. Legal same-sex marriage and the declining influence of traditional Christianity had combined, he wrote, to put the goals of the culture wars of the last few decades out...

/ May 18, 2016

Evangelicalism After Trump: The religious left isn’t a solution.

Ruth Graham’s latest in Slate is, to the surprise of no one who reads her regularly, a well-done, interesting take on the future of American Christianity. You should read the whole thing, but the excerpts below gets at the key...

/ May 17, 2016

Boycotts and the End of Neighborliness

It’s happening again: Someone did something bad and now other people are threatening not to do business with them. But in this case the target for the boycott is not Starbucks or Chick-fil-a or JC Penney or Forever 21; it’s...

/ March 28, 2016

Against Donald Trump: Why Evangelicals Must Not Support Trump

The rise of Donald Trump among some evangelicals is an understandable, even if unsettling phenomenon. The alienation and despair that he has both fostered and exploited is a pervasive feature of some corners of American life. But no one is...

/ February 29, 2016

Neo-Anabaptists and the Benedict Option

One of the underlying questions behind much of Rod Dreher’s discussion of the Benedict Option so far concerns how we ought to think about a limited withdrawal from mainstream America in order to protect ourselves as orthodox believers against “corrosive...

/ January 4, 2016