All posts by Jake Meador

Jake Meador is the editor-in-chief of Mere Orthodoxy and author of "In Search of the Common Good: Christian Fidelity in a Fractured World." He is a 2010 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where he studied English and History. He lives in Lincoln, NE with his wife Joie, their daughter Davy Joy, and sons Wendell, Austin, and Ambrose. Jake's writing has appeared in Commonweal, Christianity Today, Fare Forward, the University Bookman, Books & Culture, First Things, National Review, Front Porch Republic, and The Run of Play.

Deconstructing in the Ruins

I don’t know a way to start this without some level of personal detail, but I’ll try to be brief: I grew up in a church somewhere right of John MacArthur which, these days, things MacArthur is a progressive. If you...

/ July 16, 2021

Notes on DeYoung’s Review of Thompson and Kwon

We are going to be reviewing the book in some fashion on the main page (I see you, Sarah). That said, given Kevin DeYoung’s review at TGC this morning, I wanted to put up some quick notes replying to what...

/ April 22, 2021
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Let’s Talk About “Theonomy”

Occasional Mere O contributor Andrew Walker has published a muddled and confused essay about theonomy over at TGC. Given the nature of the errors, I wanted to take the time to lay out the issues with the piece in hopes...

/ April 6, 2021

Amazon and Anderson: A Tale of America Coming Apart

In the aftermath of the news that Amazon has delisted Ryan T. Anderson’s book When Harry Became Sally, a number of people, never to miss an opportunity to enjoy the reactionary right’s favorite pastime, tried to dunk on David French:

/ February 25, 2021
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Reviewing 2020, Starting 2021

Inspired by Chris’s post over at his blog, I’m trying something similar here.

/ January 4, 2021

Lies, Liberalism, and Sullivan

Background: Start by reading Ben Smith’s profile of Andrew Sullivan for the New York Times. Then read my friend Rod Dreher’s defense of Sullivan. One of the smartest responses back when everyone was debating Rod’s Benedict Option came from Andy Crouch,...

/ September 9, 2020

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