Category: Culture War

Hobby Lobby and China’s Abortion Policy

In the ongoing public dispute over whether Hobby Lobby is justified in its resistance to the so-called “contraception mandate,” the reductio ad China has been one of the more effective rhetorical moves that liberals have made. Rachel Held Evans has...

/ January 27, 2014

On Joseph Bottum’s Enchantment and Public Arguments

Joseph Bottum is back to singing the “re-enchantment” song, suggesting that conservatives ought give up “preaching social ethics” because it’s “boring and it’s doomed”: Forget the culture-wars crap. It was a fight worth having, back in the day when there...

/ December 2, 2013

The Election Disaster? Social Conservatives and Hope

Since the election, conservative evangelical handwringing over the future has reached something of a fevered pitch. Al Mohler has been the loudest voice, pronouncing the election a “disaster” for social conservatives, a point that was repeated by my friend Denny Burk. ...

/ November 12, 2012

With a grin: rejecting the victim’s stance

One of the great follies of our day is that every group’s story has become a tragedy. Our society has increasingly embraced a discourse of victimization, in which every subculture tends to define itself in terms of grievances created by...

/ October 10, 2012

What’s Conservative about “Non-Culture War Conservatism”?

That’s the question my friend Greg Forster put to me after I listed four “moves” that I think conservative folks should make to avoid getting caught up by the culture wars. It’s probably safer for me simply to agree with...

/ June 6, 2012

The Christian Right’s Democratic Virtues: An Interview with Jon Shields

  Earlier this year I raved about an important book that has been (unfortunately) overlooked by most commentators on evangelical political engagement.  I invited Professor Shields to answer a few questions based on the work and he graciously accepted. 1)...

/ June 5, 2012

Four Moves for a Non-Culture War Conservatism

I’ve been going on about “non-culture war” conservatism over the past two weeks, attempting to delineate its characteristic shape over and against some of its rivals. It’s possible that the position is substantively no different than that held by the...

/ May 30, 2012