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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This week marks the beginning of my fourth year blogging at Christianity for the Common Good. I’ve enjoyed blogging and am especially grateful to Trevin Wax, Chris Martin, and Jonathan Howe for helping me get started.

Given that I’m pressed for time and unable to write a post this week,...

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Here are ten books I recommend for people who wish to understand the idolatrous nature of Marxism and its corrosive effects on individuals and societies. Although Marx intended to liberate society and alleviate its suffering, his ideological framework unfortunately and necessarily suppresses...

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Recently, Romanian public intellectual Mihail Neamtu came to Raleigh to facilitate a seminar on Marxism. Together, he and I and the participants read portions of Romanian historian Mircea Eliade’s The Myth of the Eternal Return, French philosopher Raymond Aron’s The Opium of the...

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One of the most striking memories of my childhood is a small newsletter that carried the photograph of an emaciated elderly man. Beneath the photo was a story detailing this man’s arrest at the hands of the Soviet secret police for the crime of worshiping Christ together with other believers...

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A Democratic senator blocked on Monday night the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which would have ensured children who survived abortions were given medical care.

Unfortunately, this shouldn’t be a complete shock. In the years since Roe v. Wade, our culture has continued its...

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Russian winters are not known for offering a wide variety of options for how to spend one’s evenings. Basically, you either stay inside or freeze half to death outside. So, when I found myself living in Russia during the winters of 1998 and 1999, I had plenty of time on my hands—enough...

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Controversy erupted this week after Virginia’s Democratic governor, Ralph Northam, not only defended a late-term abortion bill but also insinuated that babies could be left to die after birth.

Many Republicans, including President Donald Trump and Nebraska Sen. Ben...

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When Super Bowl LIII commences Sunday evening, millions of viewers will tune in to watch the New England Patriots play the Los Angeles Rams. For most fans, it is an opportunity not only to watch a great game, but to throw a party, take in the half-time show, and laugh at some ads.

I’m going to...

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Wednesday, 30 January 2019 20:23

Why Marxism is The Opium of the Intellectuals

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Raymond Aron is by no means the only intellectual who has argued that Marxism offers itself as a replacement for Christianity, but he is one of most the fascinating persons to have done so. For that reason, this post will provide a concise summary of two chapters of his book, The Opium of the...

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Recently, I hosted a one-day seminar on socialism at my home in Raleigh, facilitated by Romanian public intellectual Mihail Neamtu. The seminar is part of my ongoing research into authoritarian and totalitarian temptations in Western societies. For the seminar, we read portions of Romanian...

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The Christian life should be in every way a precursor to, and an anticipation of, Christ’s promise that he will return one day to set the world to rights. On that day, everything that darkens the world and degrades our lives will pass away. Christ will renew all things. This is the Christian...

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One of the pleasant surprises that has arisen from the political turmoil our nation experiences is a spike in the number of young Christians who take an interest in public theology. They may not always use the phrase “public theology,” but they are asking intelligent questions about...

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With the start of a new year, and with the newly passed U.S. Senate resolutions ending U.S. support for the war in Yemen, American Christians should pause to reflect upon a genuinely Christian approach to war and peace.

No Christian—and for that matter, no “soldier worth his...

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Wednesday, 19 December 2018 23:58

Is There a “Demon” in American Democracy?

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During the upcoming year, I will be researching the authoritarian and totalitarian impulses that exist in Western societies. In November, I read Hannah Arendt’s reflections on how to spot and resist totalitarian movements and Augusto Del Noce’s The Age of Secularization and The...

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Wednesday, 05 December 2018 03:16

The (Religious) Problem with Libertarianism

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The last twenty years in American life has seen the rise of libertarianism as a force to be reckoned with in American politics, especially within the Republican Party. Libertarianism is a view that places an extraordinary emphasis on liberty—as it defines liberty—and orders society in a...

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During the upcoming year, I intend to study the authoritarian and totalitarian impulses that exist among portions of the Left and the Right in Western liberal democracies. I’ve just finished reading a fascinating book, Polish political philosopher Ryszard Legutko’s The Demon in...

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It’s an age-old question, made more relevant by the insistence of media outlets and political pundits: Should pastors directly address contemporary political issues?

Some commentators argue that Christianity offers a moral framework that is directly relevant to policy issues and thus the...

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Politics in the United States has, for some time, assumed a binary structure. On one side stand the Republicans, many of hold to some form of social conservatism. On the other side stand the Democrats, many of whom hold to some form of social progressivism. But what many Americans fail to see is...

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Monday, 08 October 2018 21:10

Feeling Lonely? You’re not Alone

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There is an epidemic that kills more people than obesity and has the same negative effect as smoking 15 cigarettes per day. Former Surgeon General Vivek Murthy says it causes “an insidious type of stress” that can lead to chronic inflammation, heart disease, dementia, depression, and...

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A left-wing political cartoonist is facing criticism, and rightly so, for mocking Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s 10-year-old-daughter, Liza, in a cartoon published this past weekend.

The cartoonist, Chris Britt, depicted the girl praying, “Dear God, please forgive my angry,...

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Sunday, 30 September 2018 04:40

Christian Politics in a Secular Age

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Recently, The Commonweal Project invited me to speak on “Christian Politics in a Secular Age” at their conference in Atlanta, GA. As it turned out, C-SPAN showed up to televise the talk and subsequent Q&A session. The televised talk is divided into roughly five segments:

  1. An...

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“Daddy, where is God during the hurricane?”

This is the question my five-year-old son asked me yesterday. We were huddled together on the porch with my wife Lauren and our two daughters, watching the pine trees in our back yard being whipped around by the wind.

It’s a good question.

I...

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Last month, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Florida) introduced the Economic Security for New Parents Act, a fiscally-responsible paid-parental-leave plan that is good not only for working-class families but for the nation as a whole.

In the Rubio bill, parents of newborn babies or newly-adopted children are...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 06:02

The (Religious) Problem with Nationalism

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Recently, I posted articles examining the rise and development of political liberalism and socialism in the United States, arguing that the former ideology makes an idol out of “individual autonomy” while the latter ideology makes an idol of “material equality.” In this...

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When the Senate Judiciary Committee begins its confirmation hearing Tuesday on Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court we can expect to see Democrats wage an all-out battle to keep the extraordinarily qualified judge off the nation’s highest court.

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