This week, Mere-O unveiled its interview with Mark Tooley. As with the rest of our content, we hope that you found Tooley’s responses insightful and encouraging. In most settings, interviews often raise more questions than they answer. We hope our time with Mark Tooley has been no different.
Mere-O has intended to carve out its place in the evangelical blogosphere with an unashamed conservatism; not a dry conservatism beholden to dead traditionalism, but a conservatism beholden to the traditions which have made Christianity and the country it inhabits both landmark successes. For this reason, we saw Mark Tooley as an important figure in our campaign. He’s reasonable, articulate, and a passionate defender for the cultural successes birthed from Christianity and its ethical and political witness. In a day where evangelicals flirt with every type of cultural and political nonsense, we think it more progressive to highlight the individuals and ideas that are instructive rather than provocatively destructive to our cultural milieu. As C.S. Lewis famous said, “Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man.” So, in the spirit of C.S. Lewis, we’re happy to label Mark Tooley a progressive (much to his frustration, I’m sure).