Consciences, Covid, and Credibility: A Response to Doug Wilson

As pretty much anyone who hasn’t been living under a rock now knows, John MacArthur and Grace Community Church made a big stir a couple weeks ago by not merely declaring their intention to defy California Covid-19 restrictions, but also...

/ August 12, 2020

Do We Still Belong Together? Lessons from Roger Scruton

In recent weeks, I’ve been undertaking a much-belated crash course in Roger Scruton’s political writings. I am currently working my way through How to Be a Conservative (Continuum, 2017), and would recommend it almost without qualification (except for his discussions of religion...

/ July 21, 2020

To Mask or Not to Mask? Lessons from the 16th Century

Here in my native Virginia, our governor issued an executive order effective May 29, requiring the wearing of masks in any public indoor setting, including church services. My own congregation, and most that I am acquainted with, cheerfully complied, but...

/ June 20, 2020

A Government of Force or a Government of Laws?

Recent events here in America have increasingly exposed the rapid collapse of the idea of authority in late modernity. Authority, as Oliver O’Donovan has frequently noted, has a mysterious, elusive quality, and it can disappear in a hurry. This is...

/ June 10, 2020

“Great Danger of Fatal Extremes”: Hamilton on Revolutionary Excess

One of the defining features of political conservatism is a fierce commitment to the principle that the ends do not justify the means. Whenever there is popular anger at some injustice, real or imagined, the advocates of change will try...

/ June 3, 2020

How (Not) to Navigate Coronavirus Conflicts in the Church

The Covid-19 pandemic has wreaked plenty of havoc on healthcare systems and economies around the globe, but what keeps me up at night is worries about what it might do to the church. Weeks of missed worship services, of course,...

/ May 19, 2020

Coronavirus and The Myopia of American Exceptionalism

On March 4, as Covid-19 was spreading rapidly through parts of the US, but remained almost untraceable for lack of testing kits, a friend of mine texted me somberly, “this has made me soberly reflect on the fact that for...

/ May 14, 2020