Category: Current Politics

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There is no Pro-Life Case for Donald Trump

We are now in the 12th hour of the conservatism’s life in this election cycle, which means it is as good a time as any to revisit the question of how I plan to proceed through American political life over...

/ July 12, 2016
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Brexit and the Moral Vision of Nationhood

On the morning of June 24, Britain awoke to the devastation of a vast political and social earthquake, as, after an unpleasant and divisive campaign, a majority of our nation voted to leave the European Union (EU). The aftershocks and...

/ July 5, 2016
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A Christian Case for Gun Control

Note from Jake: It’s been 10 days since the tragedy at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando. Out of respect for the victims and their family, we haven’t posted anything about the shooting until now. But given the significance of this...

/ June 22, 2016
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The Worst Way to View Our Politics

I’m pleased to welcome a new guest writer, Donald Norman, to Mere O today. By now most Christians have thought about the “lesser of two evils” voting strategy: “I can’t vote for Trump. He’s too [fill in the blank]. But,...

/ June 20, 2016
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Idylls of the Right

This guest post is by Matthew Mellema. “The old order changeth, yielding place to new, And God fulfills himself in many ways, Lest one good custom should corrupt the world.” Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The rise of Donald Trump has me...

/ June 16, 2016
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If the American church is dying it’s because we deserve it.

Back in 2007 after the death of Jerry Falwell, famed atheist Christopher Hitchens took to the airwaves of Anderson Cooper’s CNN talkshow to blast the late Baptist reverend. He began by saying that Falwell certainly wasn’t in heaven “and it’s...

/ May 26, 2016
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The Culture War Is Interested in You

Last summer, David Brooks wrote that the social conflicts “oriented around the Sexual revolution” were over. Legal same-sex marriage and the declining influence of traditional Christianity had combined, he wrote, to put the goals of the culture wars of the last few decades out...

/ May 18, 2016
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Evangelicalism After Trump: The religious left isn’t a solution.

Ruth Graham’s latest in Slate is, to the surprise of no one who reads her regularly, a well-done, interesting take on the future of American Christianity. You should read the whole thing, but the excerpts below gets at the key...

/ May 17, 2016
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Evangelicalism After Trump: Revisiting Economics

The next post in our series comes from my friend Dr. Brad Littlejohn. My esteemed predecessors in this series have offered bracing words of optimism in the face of Trump’s hostile takeover of the GOP. This manifestation of divine judgment...

/ May 12, 2016
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Evangelicalism After Trump: Evangelicals should stay in the GOP.

The third post in the series comes from my friend Stephen Wolfe. Steven Wedgeworth has written a stirring piece declaring that now is the time for Christians to finally escape from the Republican Party. That I was supposed to desire...

/ May 11, 2016