Category: Featured

The Most Reluctant Convert: Lewis, Theater, and the Friendship of Debate

It’s not that I ever pictured C. S. Lewis as a sixteen year old girl. It’s that when I was one, and reading Surprised by Joy for the first time, I thought of him as a peer. Was this because...

/ May 19, 2017

The Teddy Roosevelt Option: Ben Sasse’s Plan to Save the Country

Let’s get this out of the way right off: The Vanishing American Adult is not a political book. So says author Ben Sasse.

/ May 18, 2017

Will the Church Continue to Kill People with Hepatitis C?

Friends, There is an urgent soul-cry from the culture. From our neighbors. This cry has been silenced by the church and ignored by the media.

/ May 15, 2017

W. E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk–Chapter 2 Overview

One of the main points Du Bois is developing throughout his book is that, to quote him directly, “the defining problem of the 20th century [was] the color line.”

/ May 12, 2017

The Oppressive Church Has Tried to Get Independent Teachers Under Their Authority Since the Beginning

Ephesus – AD 52 – Darkest Timeline Caius and Nikola linger in the front room, waiting for Justus to finishing tidying up. The house church had just finished their Sunday meeting, and they needed to get home before dark.

/ May 10, 2017

Blogging Through W. E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk–Chapter 1

One of the persistent criticisms of much of the reflection up to this point on the orthodox church’s place in the contemporary west is that what we’re really talking about is the white orthodox church’s place in the contemporary west. Matthew Loftus...

/ May 9, 2017

Quiz: What Political Theology Are You?

NOTE: Matthew Loftus and Susannah Black assisted with the creation of this quiz. Given the popularity of last week’s post indexing the various political theologies Christians might adopt today, we have created a quiz to help you figure out where...

/ May 1, 2017
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Indexing Political Theologies: Six Christianity and Culture Strategies

One of the smarter criticisms I’ve read of Rod’s book comes from Doug Wilson’s initial post about it in which he raises the question of whether we are moving into a time of extended testing under an established regime hostile...

/ April 24, 2017

Gangs of New Jerusalem: Act 1

We’ve been told that this is “unintelligible.” “Self-indulgently self-referential,” they’ve called it. “Possibly a really bad idea.” “Only five people will get it,” they’ve said. Well, you know who else they said that about? Shaw. Molière. Sheridan. Congreve. Aristophanes. Also...

/ April 20, 2017

Polis/Counter-polis: On the Civic Benedict Option

October 2016 was a simpler, more innocent time. We were all youths, wet behind the ears; we look back at ourselves with a kind of bemused affection. Rod Dreher assumed, surely—we all assumed—that Hillary Clinton would win in November, that...

/ April 18, 2017