Category: Current Politics

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Evangelicalism After Trump: Now is the time to escape from the GOP.

The second post in the Evangelicalism After Trump series comes from my friend Steven Wedgeworth. When I awoke Wednesday morning in Central Florida the sky was still dark and intermittent explosions of electricity filled the sky. Thunder boomed, as the...

/ May 6, 2016
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Evangelicalism After Trump: The Moral Bankruptcy of the GOP

I am putting together a series of posts about evangelicalism after Trump with a particular focus on our political future after the nomination of Donald Trump by the Republican party. This first post in the series is from Mere O...

/ May 4, 2016
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Religious Extremism and Religious Liberty

One reader (perhaps we can call him Mere O’s very own Professor Kingsfield?) of Friday’s post raised another possible mechanism that could be used by courts or legislatures to target conservative religious groups: the fear of “religious extremism.” Jake —...

/ April 25, 2016
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Hope, History, and the American Church After Obergefell

It’s a truth universally recognized by anyone who has ever talked about the BenOp that a person who expresses concern about the church’s future is in want of a person to quote Tertullian at them. Sorry, is that cheeky? Here’s...

/ April 22, 2016
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Blame Jacques Derrida for Donald Trump.

I’m pleased to run this guest piece by S.D. Kelly, particularly given the direction the Trump campaign has gone in the past week. A dozen years after his death, the ideas promoted by the historian and philosopher Jacques Derrida still...

/ March 31, 2016
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Of Jayber Crow and Donald Trump

In his novel Jayber Crow Wendell Berry raises the question of how a person can love and give themselves to something that is dying. Throughout the novel, Crow, the book’s protagonist, reflects on his life in Port William, a small Kentucky...

/ March 7, 2016
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The Abortion Lobby’s Deathly Shibboleths

I’m pleased to publish this guest post by Samuel D. James. You can learn more about him in his bio at the end of this post. George Orwell once said that if it’s possible for bad thinking to corrupt language,...

/ March 3, 2016
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Against Donald Trump: Why Evangelicals Must Not Support Trump

The rise of Donald Trump among some evangelicals is an understandable, even if unsettling phenomenon. The alienation and despair that he has both fostered and exploited is a pervasive feature of some corners of American life. But no one is...

/ February 29, 2016
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Social Conservatives and Donald Trump

Three brief observations on the question of social conservatism’s relationship to Donald Trump:

/ February 18, 2016
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Trumped Up? Is the Donald’s Support Really Driven by Racist Xenophobia?

The last few months have witnessed the appearance of a burgeoning cottage industry of take-writing about the rise and appeal of Donald J. Trump. In her latest post, Rachel Held Evans has voiced her opinion: Trump’s appeal among evangelicals is...

/ February 1, 2016