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Vocational Singleness is a Gospel Cornerstone

Having begun the work of bringing his kingdom on earth, Christ promised to redeem all of creation. He promised fullness of life to those who would follow him and blessing to their neighbors. Yet many believers offer timid testimonies about...

/ January 9, 2023

In Memoriam: Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

Before he was a pope, before he was a prefect or a cardinal or an archbishop, Joseph Ratzinger was a professor. In those years, Ratzinger would rivet crowded lecture halls in German universities with his theological acumen, his clarity of...

/ January 2, 2023

2022 Eliot Awards

I’m going to handle the Eliot Awards a little differently this year. I still am going to link to my favorite magazine writing of the year, but for a few reasons this year’s edition will not be as tightly organized...

/ December 27, 2022

Ruth’s Prequel to the Christmas Story

Every good story has a good back-story. Ridley Scott made two prequels to his popular Alien franchise. This past year Amazon offered Rings of Power to the Lord of the Rings trilogy as a prequel. The Godfather had The Godfather...

/ December 23, 2022

Christmas “Time” is Here

“Quid est enim tempus?” “So what is time?”[1] Pangs of nostalgia for innocence lost, discontent with reality present, and some combination of fear, uncertainty, or despair about the future can combine to make Christmas an especially difficult time. Recently, two...

/ December 22, 2022

In the Perilous Realm: Tradition and Memory in “The Rings of Power”

At the waning of the year, looking ahead to the blaze of Christmas, I’ve been reexamining Amazon’s adventures in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Legendarium. The first season of The Rings of Power was a moral muddle, but the story was strongest when...

/ December 21, 2022

St Paul the Word Sower

“Word sower” deserves reviving. It comes from the Douay-Rheims translation of Acts 17:18: “What is it, that this word sower would say?” The word sower in question is the Apostle Paul, visiting Athens. “Word sower” is a literal rendering of...

/ December 20, 2022
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Best of Mere Orthodoxy 2022

We’ll be back with our usual year-end Eliot Awards next week. For now I wanted to spotlight the work we’ve done this year at Mere Orthodoxy. I’ve said it before, but I’m gonna keep saying it: This has been the best...

/ December 19, 2022

A Faithful Second Voice: Announcing Mere O’s 2022 End of Year Campaign

To the readers, friends, and supporters of Mere Orthodoxy The Peace of Christ be with You, “Most of the people that show up at our church now want a therapist. I’m not a therapist.” That’s what a pastor said to...

/ December 19, 2022

My AI Spiritual Director

After years working as a doctor in a hospital, a friend shared the most frustrating part of her job: patients whose online, amateur medical research weighs more heavily in their decision making than her professional opinion. She ended with a...

/ December 15, 2022