This is war! Now put down your sword and pick up your ear trumpet.

I very much appreciate what Alan Jacobs and Rod Dreher have said in response to last week’s post, which draws out an issue that I didn’t really address head-on. Alan puts it this way, in the context of disagreement between orthodox...

/ February 27, 2017

Is the Benedict Option a “Safe Space”?

With the release of Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option book, both the main question (“how do Christians cultivate local institutions to pass on our faith?”) and various sub-questions–such as how to deal with the unique threat that the Sexual Revolution poses...

/ February 23, 2017

Sympathy for the Trump Voter

Should we sympathize with Trump voters? I found this essay from Rick Perlstein pretty enlightening, even if I disagree with a lot of what he had to say. In short, Perlstein writes about the captivating experience of dealing with a very intelligent Trump...

/ January 23, 2017

Paul’s Letter to American Christians, The Alternate Ending

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr’s sermon “Paul’s Letter to American Christians” is a tremendous and powerful work, well worth reading in its entirety today. (You can read a PDF of an early version here or pick up a copy of Strength...

/ January 16, 2017

I love candy, but I’m glad my wife won’t let me eat it all the time

This post from Seth Godin helps describe a phenomenon that I haven’t quite been able to wrap my head around for a while: The economics seem to be that the only way to make a living is to reach a...

/ January 4, 2017

What Wendell Berry Gets Wrong About Wendell Berry

Tamara Hill Murphy’s Plough essay, The Hole in Wendell Berry’s Gospel, is well worth reading even if I disagree with much of it. She gives two principal concerns: The first accusation is of papering over the flaws of rural life...

/ January 2, 2017

If our enemy is modernity, aren’t immigrants and Muslims on our side?

2016 has been a bad year in general for principled conservatives, but this article on the divide between “ideological conservatives” and “civilizational conservatives” brings up a big, ugly fracture point that may be far wider than just their affinity for Islam...

/ December 21, 2016

Make the healthcare system better with this one weird trick!

There are a lot of things that are broken about the American healthcare system. I think one the main problems can be summed up by observing that most parts of the system are not really designed to make people healthy, take...

/ December 17, 2016

In lieu of tweet threads

Blogging is dead, they said. Until tweet-threads started taking over Twitter. In lieu of clogging up your timeline with thoughts that I had to cut precious words and meaning from anyway, I’ll be sharing too-long-for-a-tweet yet too-short-for-a-real-essay thoughts here. Probably...

/ December 17, 2016