All posts by Matthew Loftus

Matthew Loftus teaches and practices Family Medicine in Baltimore and East Africa. His work has been featured in Christianity Today, Comment, & First Things and he is a regular contributor for Christ and Pop Culture. You can learn more about his work and writing at www.MatthewAndMaggie.org

CTE , football, and black men

Bradford William Davis has an excellent interview with Dr. Bennet Omalu, the Nigerian-born neuropathologist who is sounding the alarm on chronic traumatic encephalopathy: If you ask Omalu today, he’ll tell you that you should never, ever play football again. In...

/ August 10, 2018

Christians and AIDS

The history of Christians and health services is a complicated one. This article by Michael Igoe is a great summary of evangelical advocacy for PEPFAR, which has provided billions of dollars for HIV treatment, and the difficult needle different parties...

/ August 9, 2018

limits appropriate to the human condition

It seems that a lot of criticism of technology criticism goes along the lines of “it’s not the technology, it’s user error” — and along with this critique is often the very Whiggish idea that if we just come up...

/ August 7, 2018

atomization, loneliness, and sex

There has been much written about atomization and the rise of loneliness (and surely there is much more to write), but this essay by Andrea Mrozek is a good summation of the problem: The failure of the sexual revolution for...

/ August 6, 2018

Maria Goretti and #MeToo

Barbara McClay has another excellent piece at Commonweal about St. Maria Goretti: For a Christian, no one can be wholly monster—indeed, some monsters are victims themselves. But the Mennonite response to Yoder should serve as a cautionary tale: The story of...

/ August 3, 2018

loving those who would throw stones at us

I have always savored Wesley Hill’s love for the Gospel; his first book, Washed and Waiting, is just full of it, which is why it’s a great book to read even if you don’t care a bit about the homosexuality debate....

/ August 2, 2018

nonstandard patients, nonstandard doctors, nonstandard procedures

This reflection from Leah Libresco about her unfortunate experience of ectopic pregnancy and her deviation from the standard procedure is worth reading. She describes being offered “the standard of reproductive care”, which is basically a medication abortion. While this course...

/ August 1, 2018

community impact

When I was in college, I spent three summers living in Kenya and working in Kibera, an urban slum that is home to over a million people. It was there that I first felt called to long-term cross-cultural work, worked...

/ July 31, 2018

from indifference to sabotage

Jon Ward has written an insightful piece about America’s Supreme Court-centric culture war and what has been lost by what we have supposedly gained: But while it’s true that conservative positions on social issues are often portrayed, inaccurately, as reflecting...

/ July 30, 2018

flourishing and paid family leave

The Families Valued initiative of the Center for Public Justice has just released their new report on paid family leave, and I have some thoughts about it over on the main page. I think they make a pretty solid argument...

/ July 24, 2018