Category: Featured

On Being a Church for the Weak

By Matthew LaPine “How many BTU’s you rocking?” my co-worker ribbed on my boss’s deck. For a mid-2007 loan officer success was partly measured in British Thermal Units (the performance measure for gas grilling). The grill, the plasma, and the...

/ May 21, 2019

The Radicalization of John Avery Whittaker

By Matthew Loftus, Christian Young, and Jake Meador In the aftermath of Tyler Huckabee’s investigation into the current status of one John Avery Whittaker, former resident of Odyssey and purveyor of Whit’s End, we the writers of Mere Orthodoxy have...

/ May 20, 2019

The Jedi are Selfless: Nationalism, Identity, the Humanities, and Liberalism

By Paul. D Miller Let me tell you a story. There was once a young man who had a comfortable, loving home. But one day his home was attacked, and everything he held dear was threatened. He was forced to...

/ May 8, 2019

Faith and Heavenly Fitness: Would Alt-Right Christians Like Heaven?

By Kevin Brown Nicholas Fuentes is many things. He’s a young, politically engaged person who seems to possess some kind of sincere religious faith. He frequently elevates Christian culture, advocates for faith in the public realm, and defends traditional Christian...

/ May 6, 2019

Friends, Enemies, and the Anti-Christian Right

After the astonishing election of Donald Trump and the rise of the new Right that followed in its wake, the principles which for decades had held the conservative movement together lay in ruin. Trump redrew the electoral map and transfigured...

/ May 2, 2019
book-reviews

Book Review: The Kingdom of God Has No Borders by Melani McAlister

By John Thomas In her book released last summer, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders, author and George Washington University Professor of American Studies and International Affairs, Melani McAlister recounts the last 50 years of evangelical history through the...

/ May 1, 2019

Responding to Dr. Wayne Grudem on In Vitro Fertilization

Within the pantheon of ‘difficult issues to disagree upon,’ nothing ranks higher than in vitro fertilization. Or so I have concluded recently, anyway. Opposing gay marriage means one will probably get tarred as a bigot, and dismissed and derided accordingly—which...

/ April 30, 2019

Sex and the Supremacy of Technique

Last week’s essay from Matthew Lee Anderson and Andrew Walker about evangelicals and in vitro fertilization makes an argument worth discussing: God intends that sex and procreation should not be separated from each other. It made me think of the...

/ April 29, 2019

The Protestant World of Shakespeare

By E. J. Hutchinson It is a monstrous waste of time to try to convince oneself, rocking anxiously back and forth in one’s pajamas, that William Shakespeare was a Roman Catholic—or a Protestant. It is difficult to imagine a more...

/ April 26, 2019

The Evangelical Innovators C. S. Lewis Warned Us About

In 1943, C. S. Lewis published The Abolition of Man in an attempt to warn the world about the Innovators, educators who were corrupting the minds of children, turning them into “men without chests.” If Lewis were to write again...

/ April 24, 2019