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...
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:
Reviewing 2020, Starting 2021
Inspired by Chris’s post over at his blog, I’m trying something similar here.
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,...
Children, Culture Wars, and Christian Societies
All of the following things can be true:
O’Donovan on the Secular
This pairs very well with yesterday’s excerpt from Dawson. From Desire of the Nations:
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...
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...
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...
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...