Category: Politics

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

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

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

Why do so many people feel the need to lie about Cardinal McCarrick?

Here is Timothy Egan, a columnist writing in the New York Times:

/ August 31, 2018

Should Pro-Lifers Learn from the DSA?

Matt Walther has a piece over at The Week which I, perhaps predictably, am feeling really torn about. Here’s Walther’s argument:

/ June 22, 2018

Evangelicals and Catholics Together in 2018

Brief notes on this question: First, Rod is correct in his response to Walther in which he notes the extremely American characteristics of American Catholicism. Moreover, this is a trend that goes back some time—at least to JFK’s awful speech...

/ May 8, 2018

Concrete Proposals Focus the Mind

Gracy in the NYT:

/ April 25, 2018

Two Questions I Have After Reading “How the Nations Rage” by Jonathan Leeman

Luke Stamps of the Center for Baptist Renewal will be reviewing Dr. Leeman’s book for the main page so I won’t be doing a full review. That said, I finished the book earlier this week and it left me with...

/ April 13, 2018