Category: Politics

The Dead Consensus vs Ahmarism in Three Sentences

The Dead Consensus has no theory of power. The Ahmarists have no theory of martyrdom. A Christian political philosophy has to have both if it is going to be actually Christian.

/ August 5, 2022

Voting and Virtue

A further note re: the Orbanism piece: When we talk about how citizens engage in political life, there are really two separate things we can talk about. We can talk about a relatively narrow category concerned with voting, perhaps some...

/ August 4, 2022

Notes on the Orbanism Essay

One common question that’s come up since the Orbanism piece on the main site is one that I tried to anticipate in the essay itself: Is the Augustinian liberal strategy naive? Or, put another way, does it matter if liberalism...

/ August 3, 2022

Christopher Thompson on New Natural Law

Christopher Thompson, author of what looks to be a fascinating book on natural law and ecological care, on the failure of New Natural Law (this is an excerpt from the Friday Feature of Mars Hill Audio, which you need to...

/ August 1, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda VI

Kaunda on churches and the life of nations: We need the uncommitted [Kaunda is referring to intellectuals not employed by the state or by a political party] intellectual whose mind is able to range widely and to occupy himself with...

/ August 1, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda V

More on nationalism: The leader must recognize that politics alone do not create a nation; a whole network of cultural, religious and social factors play an important role. Nation-building, therefore, is not solely a political operation, active encouragement must also...

/ July 29, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda IV

The whole chapter on nationalism is fascinating reading, especially if the main forms of nationalism you’re familiar with are European forms or the muddled thing we have here in America. African nationalism, this explosive force which has changed the shape...

/ July 28, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda III

It’s from 1966 and Zambia but, dang, if parts of this don’t map eerily well onto the “racial reconciliation” discourse. It is truly tragic the fear which has been engendered in European minds because they now find themselves ruled by...

/ July 26, 2022

Being Deep in History

Between the Councils of Nicea and Chalcedon there were 126 years—years that were fraught with contentious debate within the church over essential Christian doctrines. We tend to forget that now as those debates have become so remote that we don’t...

/ July 7, 2022

Reading the Pan-Africanists: Kenneth Kaunda (II)

Here is Kaunda, still setting out what he means by “African Humanism,” in the opening chapter of A Humanist in Africa. Here he is arguing that there are certain values in traditional African culture (an admittedly tricky term which he doesn’t...

/ June 24, 2022