Children, Culture Wars, and Christian Societies

All of the following things can be true:

/ June 18, 2020

O’Donovan on the Secular

This pairs very well with yesterday’s excerpt from Dawson. From Desire of the Nations:

/ May 19, 2020

Christopher Dawson on Bourgeois Culture

From “The Significance of Bolshevism” (written in 1933): Man cannot live in a spiritual void; he needs some fixed social standards and some absolute intellectual principles. Bolshevism at least replaces the spiritual anarchy of bourgeois society by a rigid order...

/ May 18, 2020

Should Religious Conservatives Aspire to Notoriety?

As I was publishing my notes on the First Things story, Rod Dreher was typing up another set of thoughts on the matter. Attempting to keep up with Rod is a perilous thing, of course, especially when one has small children...

/ May 15, 2020

What Can and Can’t Be Said About “First Things”

The takes on Rusty Reno’s leadership of First Things are beginning to multiply in the aftermath of a very bad couple of months for the magazine’s editor-in-chief. Rod Dreher’s is the best. Helen Andrews’ is an exercise in moral relativism. Jonathan...

/ May 15, 2020

Gutierrez Against the Doctrine of the Two

Gutierrez in A Theology of Liberation: The model which distinguishes faith and temporal realities, Church and world, leads to the perception of two missions in the church and to a sharp differentiation between the roles of the priest and the lay...

/ May 14, 2020
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O’Donovan on Reading

Our moment is starved for this sort of intellectual spirit:

/ May 13, 2020

Steel Manning First Things

The author of Hebrews tells us not to forsake the assembling of ourselves together, but to draw near to each other as we desire together the future coming of Christ. Of course, any union of close friends is a desired...

/ March 24, 2020

How One Church is Responding to Coronavirus

I’ve been really delighted with how well my home church in Lincoln has responded to the coronavirus. When a friend of mine asked about it on Twitter last night, I replied to her tweet: Has anyone's church moved to virtual...

/ March 12, 2020

Notes on Shepherding the Spiritual Cynic

If you’re like me, as the deluge of stories of betrayed trust in churches rose ever higher and higher, you had a list in your mind of people who, were they found to be abusive, would be particularly devastating to...

/ March 2, 2020