The 12 Days of Christmas: Christmas Day

Thanks to Mere O contributor John Shelton, we have a series of Christmas reflections to share over the 12 days of Christmas. Today’s reflection comes from Ali Kjergaard. But there will be no gloom for her who was in anguish....

/ December 25, 2019

A Hidden Life as Temptation Narrative

How do we live when nobody is looking, or when the collateral damage of pursuing good might outweigh complicity in evil? Terrence Malick’s film A Hidden Life is based upon the true story of Franz Jägerstätter, an Austrian peasant who...

/ December 19, 2019
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Mere Orthodoxy Best of 2019

Here is our annual list of the top pieces we published in 2019 and the general year in writing at Mere O. January Can We Reject Paedobaptism and Still Receive Paedobaptists? Several of our most read pieces this year came...

/ December 18, 2019

The 2019 Eliot Awards

Each year in December we publish our Eliot Awards at Mere Orthodoxy for excellence in long-form writing over the past 12 months. You can read our previous editions using the links below: 2018 Eliot Awards 2017 Eliot Awards We will...

/ December 17, 2019

Come, Desire of Nations, Come: An Advent Reflection

And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the Lord of Hosts. -Haggai 2:7 Congregations always enjoy a spirit of levity for Advent hymns. Everyone...

/ December 12, 2019
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“Sacred Season,” with Danielle Hitchen & Erin Morrow Hawley

Matt introduces the latest podcast at Mere Orthodoxy, “Sacred Season.” Sacred Season is a new podcast hosted by Danielle Hitchen & Erin Morrow Hawley that covers the vocation of parenting. As Hitchen and Hawley talk about this season of life,...

/ December 10, 2019

Baby Yoda Explains Christian Denominations

Contributions from Jake Meador, Jon Askonas, Chris Krycho, Matthew Loftus, Christian Young, and John Shelton. Credit to Twitter users Jake Raabe and Woke Space Jesuit for some joke ideas. Weird Baptist Twitter: Do not violate Baby Yoda’s soul freedom by...

/ December 6, 2019

Book Review: What is a Girl Worth? by Rachael Denhollander

Abuse memoirs abound. But not many abuse memoirs describe the abuser being brought to justice. This is because not many abusers are brought to justice. As Rachael Denhollander reports in her new memoir, What is a Girl Worth?, for every...

/ December 4, 2019

The Unexpected Virtue of Arbitrary Sports Allegiances

I live in a baseball town. I know this because in the fall of 2011, I found myself in a divey pizza joint with a bunch of other transplants from other parts of the country watching one of the most...

/ December 3, 2019
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“Seek First,” with Dr. Jeremy Treat

Derek and Alastair sit down with pastor and theologian, Dr. Jeremy Treat to talk about his latest book on the Kingdom of God, ‘Seek First: How the Kingdom of God Changes Everything.’ Treat helps the guys work through the Christianese...

/ December 3, 2019