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

First Things - Carl Trueman - Apologetic Report
Wednesday, 14 June 2017 20:00

Hate Has a Home Featured

Written by

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

Wednesday, 05 April 2017 20:00

Surveying Sex, Denying Childhood Featured

Written by

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...

Read more

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,...

Read more

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...

Read more

Tuesday, 21 February 2017 21:00

The Body of Evidence Featured

Written by

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...

Read more

Monday, 06 February 2017 09:10

Soap and Oprah Featured

Written by

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...

Read more

Friday, 20 January 2017 05:00

Strangers on a Train Featured

Written by

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.

Continue Reading »

Authors: First Things RSS Feed - Carl R....

Read more

Tuesday, 10 January 2017 05:00

President Trump, Therapist in Chief? Featured

Written by

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...

Read more

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...

Read more

Friday, 16 December 2016 09:55

A Merry Pascalian Christmas! Featured

Written by

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...

Read more

Wednesday, 07 December 2016 08:45

The Past is a Foreign Country Featured

Written by

There is a line from one of the choruses in Sophocles’s Antigone that first struck me some thirty years ago: “There are many terrifying things, but none is more terrifying than man.” The word for “terrifying” is deliberately ambiguous, and Sophocles chose it with...

Read more

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 21:00

Where We Stand Featured

Written by

Authors: First Things RSS Feed - Carl R. Trueman...

Read more

Tuesday, 29 November 2016 07:35

The Travails of Lieutenant Marty Featured

Written by

One of the standard techniques in political propaganda, left and right, is to present ideas or events as discrete units, to be taken in isolation and detached from any larger historical or philosophical narrative. This technique is useful for relativizing the significance of scandals. Thus, to the...

Read more

Thursday, 17 November 2016 05:00

Plus ca change, plus c'est la meme chose Featured

Written by

The full horror of last week’s presidential election became evident a few days after the result had been called. That was when the first campaign promises were sadly broken: Various ghastly “celebrities” who had pledged to emigrate if Trump were elected now indicated that they...

Read more

Tuesday, 08 November 2016 10:00

A Tale of Two Marxisms Featured

Written by

Last Friday I had the pleasure of hearing Carlo Lancelotti and Michael Hanby give presentations at a seminar on the crisis of modernity as analyzed by the late Italian philosopher Augusto Del Noce . At one point, Michael commented that Marxism had triumphed in America. It was a striking statement....

Read more

Friday, 04 November 2016 03:00

Childhood, Guardian-Style Featured

Written by

The Guardian , that British bastion not merely of the bien pensants but of the très bien pensants, has exceeded even its own exacting standard for first-world problems this week. In an article that looks like a satire but is sadly in earnest, it outlines the fears keeping the children...

Read more

Last week Rusty Reno and I did a double act on the Hugh Hewitt radio show. At one point, I remarked that the problem with trying to argue against the dominant moral consensus on sex, sexuality, and identity was that it is not based on an argument that one can address in kind, but rather on an...

Read more

October is the month of the year in which, as a Reformation specialist, I find myself least likely to be unoccupied. And as we head toward 2017, the 500th anniversary of Luther’s protest against indulgences, my calendar is filling up. But a question arises: Evangelicals may well be...

Read more

Tuesday, 13 September 2016 05:00

A Family Affair Featured

Written by

W hen the story broke last week of an Oklahoman mother and daughter who have been arrested and charged with incest for marrying each other, I happened to be on my way to meet a retired lawyer friend at the Philadelphia Cricket Club for a glass of wine. As I sipped my cabernet, I commented to him...

Read more

Monday, 12 September 2016 22:00

A Family Affair Featured

Written by

W hen the story broke last week of an Oklahoman mother and daughter who have been arrested and charged with incest for marrying each other, I happened to be on my way to meet a retired lawyer friend at the Philadelphia Cricket Club for a glass of wine. As I sipped my cabernet, I commented to him...

Read more

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 08:30

Teaching as Joyful Rebellion Featured

Written by

A s I prepared to return to the classroom this week, I remembered my very first foray into full-time teaching, some twenty-three years ago. I had just been appointed to the faculty at the University of Nottingham, and it was required that I attend a three-day training session on how to teach, and...

Read more

Wednesday, 07 September 2016 01:30

Teaching as Joyful Rebellion Featured

Written by

A s I prepared to return to the classroom this week, I remembered my very first foray into full-time teaching, some twenty-three years ago. I had just been appointed to the faculty at the University of Nottingham, and it was required that I attend a three-day training session on how to teach, and...

Read more

Wednesday, 31 August 2016 07:10

Sex Negative Featured

Written by

T he attitude toward sex in our secular culture is simultaneously tedious and disturbing. Tedious because of its predictability. Disturbing because of its profound negativity, despite absurd claims to the contrary.

Continue Reading »

Authors: First Things RSS Feed - Carl R. Trueman...

Read more

Page 1 of 3