Category: Liberal Arts

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Lessons from the Wreckage: Notes on Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria

Lessons from the Wreckage, Pt. I: A Voice from the Whirlwind He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters; he makes the clouds his chariot, he rides on the wings of the wind; he makes his messengers winds,...

/ October 2, 2017

American History, Structural Racism, NFL Protests, and the Kingdom of God

I’m pleased to publish this piece from Michael Graham. It’s a bit meandering, but what it does well is define terms, place the debate within a broader context, and walk through the steps of the argument needed to understand the...

/ September 28, 2017

Patience and Hermeneutics: On Brian Zahnd, Marcion, and Origen

I’m pleased to publish this guest essay from Dr. Mark Randall James. Brian Zahnd’s new book, Sinners in the Hands of a Loving God, has invited comparison with one of the greatest of early heretics, Marcion. In a long and...

/ August 28, 2017

The Church Has Always Known Theological Controversy

“Not again.” That was my first thought when Eugene Peterson’s comments on gay marriage came out. Regardless of the retraction, I knew the next few days would be ugly online. Various think-pieces (good and bad) would come, as would the...

/ July 21, 2017

Martin Bucer’s Strenuous Life

Reading Sen. Ben Sasse’s recent book The Vanishing American Adult reminded me of a chapter I read about the home life of Martin Bucer, a 16th century pastor and leader in the Protestant Reformation. Though his lifestyle was not that aberrant amongst the...

/ May 31, 2017

W. E. B. Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folk–Chapter 3

We’re continuing our exploration of Du Bois’s Souls of Black Folk today with a brief overview of chapter three. Chapter three may well be one of the most timely in the entire book. Though primarily about Booker T. Washington, the issues that...

/ May 30, 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

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

How Do Movements Grow? The BenOp, Conversation, and Local Advocacy

One of my primary points in my review of Rod’s book is that orthodox Christians need a robust commitment to conversation if we are to thrive in a post-Christian context. Given the importance this will play and the related point...

/ March 30, 2017
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The Religious Right Is Not a Subsidiary of the Alt-Right

In a recent essay for The New Republic, religion reporter Sarah Posner contends that the Religious Right has “effectively become a subsidiary of the alt-right, yoked to Trump’s white nationalist agenda.” By effectively wedding themselves to Trump’s narrative about ‘American...

/ March 27, 2017