Category: Liberal Arts

Reading the Hymns: Joy to the World

By Steven Wedgeworth Though it is today one of the most popular Christmas hymns, “Joy to the World,” was not originally a Christmas carol at all. Written by Isaac Watts, “Joy to the World” originally appeared in his 1719 The Psalms...

/ December 11, 2017

Mary Did You Know? A Mere O Symposium

By Christian Young, Susannah Black, Jon Coppage, and Jon Askonas Today we will be discussing a much loved, but also much hated, Christmas song, “Mary, Did You Know?”

/ November 28, 2017

The Adoption Tax Credit isn’t (Necessarily) ‘Pro-Life’

The latest proposal by House Republicans to eliminate the adoption tax credit has sent pro-lifers into a frenzy. The ERLC, Susan B. Anthony List, and related groups have denounced the Republican proposal as insufficiently pro-life. One prominent conservative website went...

/ November 9, 2017

How to Celebrate the Reformation

Today marks the 500th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther (might have) nailed his famous 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. While the historicity of that famous event is in dispute, what is not in question is...

/ October 31, 2017

The Real Presence and the Presence of Reality: In Defense of Reformed Sacramentology

This lecture was originally delivered at Hillsdale College. A PDF version of this essay is also available. Last year, one of Hillsdale’s most famous alumni, Peter Leithart, wrote an essay called “Why Protestants Can’t Write” that began with the line...

/ October 30, 2017
book-reviews

Book Review: Mariner: A Voyage with Samuel Taylor Coleridge by Malcolm Guite

I’m pleased to publish this guest review by Dr. Mischa Willett. Let’s get one thing straight: there is nothing wrong with shooting an albatross. As even casual readers in the history of English literature will know, a sailor’s shooting the...

/ October 27, 2017
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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