Category: Politics

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
church-and-commonwealth

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

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

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

Honesty and Extremism

I’m reading a book right now recently published by a prominent conservative publishing house. I’m not going to name the author or the book for the moment because I’m not yet sure how I want to handle the book more...

/ February 7, 2020