Month: August 2017

Books

How to Think

My review of Alan Jacobs's forthcoming book How to Think: A Survival Guide For a World at Odds, is up at the Mere Orthodoxy main page. Here's a snippet: Happily, How To Think is not a Trump-directed polemic or a guidebook for navigating Twitter. Readers familiar with both topics will probably get the maximum satisfaction from Jacobs’s…

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Keep Kids Safe From Smartphones

"Kids need smartphones. Get over it." Thus says Jeanne Sager at The Week. I'll give Ms. Sager credit for going all in here. Her advocacy for giving preteen children iPhones is full throated and unequivocal, which is better than some of the self-tortured do-we-or-don't-we parenting we often see nowadays. Unfortunately, she's completely wrong. Her argument…

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A Falling Out for Christians and Public Schools

Rod Dreher reprints a correspondence between one of his readers and their child's school principal, regarding a teacher's lesson on transgenderism and sexual orientation. As the emails indicate, the parents had requested advance notice if their child's classrooms were going to teach on the topic, so as to officially request an exemption. When that didn't…

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Tweet-less

Since deactivating my Twitter account two weeks ago, the following reflections have come to me: If there were any question before that my relationship with Twitter was addictive, now that it's gone, I have zero doubt. It seems to me that sometimes you can't tell how hooked you are until you're off the hook. I…

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CulturePolitics

How Christians Hate

One thing I am continually appalled at is how many professing Christians I know seem to think the following line of thinking is OK: "When I look at the people who dislike President Trump, that makes me like him all the more." I want us to get honest for a minute about what this sentence…

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Writing Ourselves Off

Freddie deBoer explains why he's planning to drop out of the freelance business: I just find, at this point, that the process of pitching, composing, shepherding through edits, promoting, and trying to get paid sucks the life out of me. The commercial interests of publications require editors to ask for things that are tied to…

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Jesus vs the Confederacy

Amidst the violence and brokenness in Charlottesville, Virginia, this picture (I'm unsure of the source) has been circulating widely: There's a lot going on here, and probably nothing as striking as the image of a black police officer standing guard for the safety of a group that looks with nostalgia on the time when Americans…

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The Bible Is Not a Slideshow For Your Hot Take

The suicide of a public figure almost invariably triggers a cringe-worthy season in the evangelical blogosphere. Time after time, Christian writers succumb to the temptation to wring a tragedy for its newsworthiness, then smash out a 700-word blog about it. At that point it almost doesn't matter what the blog says. Meaning is irrelevant. The…

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