But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Wednesday, 06 September 2017 20:00

From Hippo to Nashville Featured

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In lectures over the last couple of years, I have frequently mentioned Philip Rieff’s Psychological Man as a helpful concept for explaining the state of sexual identity politics in the West. To find fulfillment, Psychological Man looks not to social relations, nor to religion, nor to his...

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Tuesday, 25 July 2017 20:00

Our Cultural Waterloo Featured

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Tradition ascribes to the Duke of Wellington the saying that the Battle of Waterloo was won on the playing fields of Eton. Today, I suspect the cultural Battle of Waterloo will be won—or lost—on the campuses of Christian colleges, and that in two ways.

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In a world of change and flux, it is reassuring to know that some things remain the same. Take, for example, the motion passed by the Church of England General Synod, calling for a liturgy to help transgender people celebrate their transitions. This motion is consistent with liberal...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 20:00

Hate Has a Home Featured

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Recently I took part in a panel discussion on the nature of civil society. At some point in the proceedings, I was asked whether there was any possibility of recasting Mill’s harm principle for use in contemporary defenses of traditional morality. Given the prevalence in contemporary ethical...

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017 20:00

Hate Has a Home Featured

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Recently I took part in a panel discussion on the nature of civil society. At some point in the proceedings, I was asked whether there was any possibility of recasting Mill’s harm principle for use in contemporary defenses of traditional morality. Given the prevalence in contemporary ethical...

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The ongoing campus chaos in the United States has elicited both cries of despair over the behavior of students and criticism of the complicity of administrations in this cultural embarrassment. But I would suggest that the problem is really not the arrogance of the students, nor the spinelessness...

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The ongoing campus chaos in the United States has elicited both cries of despair over the behavior of students and criticism of the complicity of administrations in this cultural embarrassment. But I would suggest that the problem is really not the arrogance of the students, nor the spinelessness...

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending a conference at Princeton University celebrating the life and work of Leon Kass. For two days I sat and listened to one outstanding presentation after another, until I felt obliged to turn to the friend on my right and whisper to him, “I think I must...

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Last week I had the pleasure of attending a conference at Princeton University celebrating the life and work of Leon Kass. For two days I sat and listened to one outstanding presentation after another, until I felt obliged to turn to the friend on my right and whisper to him, “I think I must...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 20:00

Surveying Sex, Denying Childhood Featured

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Is it appropriate for strangers to ask a thirteen-year-old girl whether she has ever had sexual intercourse? Should your answer be yes , would it be appropriate to follow up by asking her at what age this first happened, and whether or not she used condoms? And for older girls, say those of...

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Wednesday, 05 April 2017 20:00

Surveying Sex, Denying Childhood Featured

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Is it appropriate for strangers to ask a thirteen-year-old girl whether she has ever had sexual intercourse? Should your answer be yes , would it be appropriate to follow up by asking her at what age this first happened, and whether or not she used condoms? And for older girls, say those of...

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A phone call last week from a pastor friend brought this strange report: One of the leading figures of American Evangelicalism had described me to him (apparently with considerable passion) in terms that made me sound like the most dangerous man in Christendom. My crimes are apparently numerous,...

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A phone call last week from a pastor friend brought this strange report: One of the leading figures of American Evangelicalism had described me to him (apparently with considerable passion) in terms that made me sound like the most dangerous man in Christendom. My crimes are apparently numerous,...

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I recently had the privilege of recording an hour-long conversation with Archbishop Charles Chaput, reflecting on the current condition of America. It was a friendly Catholic-Protestant dialogue on matters as diverse as the theology of the body, pornography, and personhood. The touchstone for our...

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I recently had the privilege of recording an hour-long conversation with Archbishop Charles Chaput, reflecting on the current condition of America. It was a friendly Catholic-Protestant dialogue on matters as diverse as the theology of the body, pornography, and personhood. The touchstone for our...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:00

The Body of Evidence Featured

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Attending a lecture last week on the politics of gender, I turned to a friend and said, “You and I were pessimists before we heard that. How are you feeling now?” To which he replied, “It’s enough to make me take up drinking again.” Some of us, I returned, had never...

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Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:00

The Body of Evidence Featured

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Attending a lecture last week on the politics of gender, I turned to a friend and said, “You and I were pessimists before we heard that. How are you feeling now?” To which he replied, “It’s enough to make me take up drinking again.” Some of us, I returned, had never...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 09:10

Soap and Oprah Featured

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Last week I stumbled across the document issued recently by the Roman Catholic bishops of Malta. It is an attempt to establish “criteria” for “applying” the now-infamous Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia . If I were a traditional Roman Catholic, I would find this document...

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Monday, 06 February 2017 01:10

Soap and Oprah Featured

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Last week I stumbled across the document issued recently by the Roman Catholic bishops of Malta. It is an attempt to establish “criteria” for “applying” the now-infamous Chapter VIII of Amoris Laetitia . If I were a traditional Roman Catholic, I would find this document...

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Friday, 20 January 2017 05:00

Strangers on a Train Featured

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The death of Nat Hentoff a couple of weeks ago was movingly memorialized for First Things by William Doino. Hentoff was truly a remarkable individual with a sharp, consistent mind and a very broad range of friends and readers.

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Thursday, 19 January 2017 21:00

Strangers on a Train Featured

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The death of Nat Hentoff a couple of weeks ago was movingly memorialized for First Things by William Doino. Hentoff was truly a remarkable individual with a sharp, consistent mind and a very broad range of friends and readers.

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Tuesday, 10 January 2017 05:00

President Trump, Therapist in Chief? Featured

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One of the mysteries surrounding the upcoming presidential inauguration is that of why the various celebrities who have refused to perform for the Commander in Chief have not been subject to the same brutal legal and financial penalties as those humble small business owners who have declined to...

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One of the mysteries surrounding the upcoming presidential inauguration is that of why the various celebrities who have refused to perform for the Commander in Chief have not been subject to the same brutal legal and financial penalties as those humble small business owners who have declined to...

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I t has become a commonplace among Christians to draw an analogy between our day and the first century. As the early Christians were a despised and marginal sect, so it seems that we today are moving towards an internal cultural exile. Yet I wonder if the situation is a little more complicated than...

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Friday, 16 December 2016 09:55

A Merry Pascalian Christmas! Featured

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Two weeks ago I concluded my annual course on the Reformation in traditional fashion, with a lecture on Blaise Pascal. I always do this, for two reasons. First, I like the contrarianism of ending a course on the Protestant dismantling of medieval Christendom with a class on one of the greatest...

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