The Post-Liberal State and the (Highly Technical) Goods of Modernity

Several years ago my dad suffered a traumatic brain injury. To put it as plainly as I can: He is alive today because he had major brain surgery followed by a three-week long nap in the ICU that cost someone...

/ August 14, 2019

When the News Isn’t News: On Deconversion Narratives

Let’s just say a few things without naming any particular people or referring to specific events. First, there is a well-defined social script for someone who grew up in fundamentalist Christianity to become progressive later in life. This shift toward...

/ August 5, 2019

Augustinianism and Audience in “In Search of the Common Good”

Brad East has what is perhaps my favorite response to the book so far, not least because it is one of the more critical responses, for which I am thankful. You can read the whole thing over at Resident Theologian.

/ August 2, 2019

Liturgical Jigs and Millennial Burnout

In his book The World Beyond Your Head Matthew Crawford uses the idea of a jig to explain how a carpenter might go about accomplishing a task more quickly and efficiently. Jigs are a kind of hack, a method for doing...

/ July 24, 2019

In Search of the Common Good Book Launch

It’s launch day for In Search of the Common Good. You can read the book’s endorsements and purchase a copy direct from the publisher, InterVarsity Press, using the book’s page on their website. You can also buy it on Amazon.

/ June 25, 2019

Is all human community parasitic?

That is the claim made by Dan Hugger in a recent post at the Acton Institute. Hugger, picking up on the French-Ahmari debate, argued that my framing of the debate—that liberalism ultimately fails because it both relies on other social...

/ June 12, 2019

Mere O News (and a Book Perk!)

I just posted this on the Patreon page for Mere O and wanted to cross-post here to make sure everyone saw it. Hey all, I have a few news items to share with y’all: First: My book will be out...

/ June 4, 2019

Martin Bucer’s Anti-Poverty Program

In his book De Regno Christi, Martin Bucer outlines his vision of a Christian society, including details on how he believes such a society should handle questions of poverty. The basic vision can be sketched out as follows:

/ June 3, 2019

Should We Expand the Scope of the Abortion Debate?

One of the perennial questions amongst pro-lifers concerns the wisdom of expanding the definition of “pro-life” to encompass political issues beyond the question of legalized abortion. On the one hand, we’ve published several pieces at Mere O over the years...

/ May 22, 2019

What makes a person or theological statement “individualistic”?

I wanted to put up a quick post to deal with an objection that had been raised to John Shelton’s post over on the main site. In his post, Shelton argued that there is a strong individualistic streak to American...

/ April 29, 2019