Category: Social Justice

A Social Justice Warrior in King Roderick’s Court

Last Thursday’s “Time for the Benedict Option?” discussion hosted by Plough, First Things, and The American Conservative was a great summary of the Benedict Option debate so far and where things ought to go from here. You can watch the...

/ March 24, 2017
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Listener Response to the Mere Fidelity Refugee Episode

Hannah Sillars, a Mere Fidelity listener, wrote in after listening to last week’s Mere Fidelity refugee episode to comment on one particular point about the ongoing refugee crisis. Hannah Sillars is an author and marketing professional who lives in Toronto, ON, with...

/ September 28, 2015

Further thoughts on World Vision

There is much more that can be said about the recent turn of events with World Vision, who has now reversed course.  I took to Twitter last night at the goading of Sarah Posner to say a few things about...

/ March 27, 2014

On whether Christians should keep supporting World Vision

World Vision USA has altered their employee handbook to allow them to hire members of committed same-sex unions.  As I noted on Twitter, I find their rationale incoherent, but not terribly surprising. Of the various threads I could take up,...

/ March 25, 2014

Affirmative Action: Too Little, Too Much, and on the Wrong Track

The recent debate in the Supreme Court is reinvigorating analysis of affirmative action; Justices Sotomayor and Thomas have both weighed in on the extent to which they felt their achievements were invalidated by others’ assumptions of unfair advantage. What remains,...

/ January 23, 2013

David Brooks, Social Justice, and the Quality of Compassion

David Brooks lands an important critique of how many young social entrepreneurs talk about development: There’s little social progress without political progress. Unfortunately, many of today’s young activists are really good at thinking locally and globally, but not as good...

/ April 16, 2012

A Brief Kony Reading List

I’ve been keeping one eye on articles on Joseph Kony and the 2012 brouhaha, so I thought I’d pull them all into one post with excerpts.  I’ve read more than this, and there are plenty of others out there.  But...

/ March 16, 2012

Kony 2012 and the Ignorance of Critics: A Guest Post

Jake Meador’s critique of Invisible Children’s video prompted quite a bit of discussion, much of which was rather passionately pursued.   Dan Parris wrote the below, and I thought it appropriate to air both sides and let readers judge accordingly....

/ March 14, 2012

American Power and Millenial Social Activism

My friend Dan Parris makes an astute point about the nature of activism: If you watch [Invisible Children’s] past films (or spend significant time in that part of Africa), you will see there are many in Uganda that appreciate and desire...

/ March 13, 2012

Joel Osteen and Reality TV

On November 29th, TMZ reported that “Survivor” producer Mark Burnett will be teaming with Joel Osteen, pastor of America’s largest church, for a primetime network show in 2012. Burnett told TMZ, “The premise of the show is that ordinary people will...

/ December 27, 2011