Category: Social Trends

One More on Chick-Fil-A, with John Corvino

I’ve had company in town and have been frantically putting together last-second arrangements for our trip across the ocean, so things have been a little quiet for me.  But this week John Corvino and I decided to tag-team the Chick-Fil-A...

/ August 9, 2012

Friendship, Opposition, and Chick-Fil-A

I’ve had just about enough Chick-Fil-A over the past week to last more than a lifetime, and I didn’t even visit the restaurant today (more on that in a minute). I’ve been reading and digesting, trying to nail down precisely...

/ August 2, 2012

Sexual Politics and our Soft Despotism

Ross Douthat followed up his weekly column that hit on Chick-Fil-A with a few more thoughts that are worth reading: The cause of gay marriage has indeed advanced because many millions of people have been persuaded of its merits: No...

/ August 1, 2012

Candor, the Religious Liberty Fight, and Ross Douthat

Ross Douthat: Like a belief that the gods want human sacrifice, [Western monotheism’s ideas about human sexuality] are permissible if held in private. But they cannot be exercised in ways that might deny, say, employer-provided sterilizations to people who really...

/ July 30, 2012

The New Puritanism: Chick-fil-A and Boycotts

I had planned to avoid the Chick-Fil-A brouhaha for the reason Sarah Pulliam Bailey lists here:  seriously, people, this is news?  In case you’ve missed it, Chick-Fil-A is closed on Sundays.  They’re not exactly the most liberal group and have...

/ July 26, 2012

When Your Social Media Feeds Get You Down

You know those days when your Facebook and Twitter feeds are just so painfully, overwhelmingly negative? When every other post is a political rant, declarative missive about one’s consumer habits (“farewell, Chick Fil A”!), or esoteric theological brawl about terms...

/ July 25, 2012

Superficially Innoccuous Practices and Why We should Care about Tattoos

My piece at Relevant on tattoos (yes, another) came out last week and commenters, well, let’s just say they didn’t quite get it. The general sentiment was something along the lines of “Who cares?,” a response I would rebuke if...

/ May 21, 2012

Made in the USA

A few weeks ago I watched this testimony given by Mike Rowe in front of the Senate. I’ve been thinking about it ever since. If you haven’t already seen it, watch now. It’s only 6 minutes long and well worth...

/ February 6, 2012

And Everyone Knew But Me…

Time to fulfill a New Year’s resolution… from last year: write more for Mere-O… I’ve rediscovered a lot of important Christian truths in the tenish years of my adult life. I’ll admit to not always being a paragon of humility...

/ December 31, 2011

New York Times: Red-State Evangelical Fundamentalism

Karl Giberson and Randall Stephens have penned an excoriating editorial in the New York Times on Red-State evangelical fundamentalism. This is no surprise as Giberson, in particular, and Stephens, authors of The Anointed: Evangelical Truth in a Secular Age, have reigned...

/ October 18, 2011