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

Mere Orthodoxy - Apologetic Report
Friday, 22 March 2019 00:45

Workism and Desire: To what end do we work?

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By John Thomas

On February 24th, in an article titled Workism Is Making Americans Miserable, Derek Thompson made a compelling case that for many college-educated men and women, work has become a religion. Thompson writes,

The economists of the early 20th century did not foresee that work might evolve...

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Tuesday, 19 March 2019 20:00

Pragmatism and the Practice of Theology

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By Joshua Heavin

Several decades ago, missiologist Lesslie Newbigin wrote about our impulse towards pragmatism in the post-Christendom West:

In discussions about the contemporary mission of the Church it is often said that the Church ought to address itself to the real questions which people are...

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Thursday, 14 March 2019 20:00

Apologies, Power, and Martyrdom in a Decadent Age

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For the second time in 18 months Republicans have needed to make use of the distinction between ephebophilia and pedophilia while defending one of their own.

The fact that we are here may well say all that needs saying about our political moment.

But on the chance that it does not, let’s...

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How do we find ‘the good’ in a world of bad hot takes? Here to help the crew pan for gold is Hannah Anderson. She joins Andrew, Alastair, and Derek to discuss her new book, All That’s Good: Recovering The Lost Art of Discernment, and shares how, through discernment, we can not...

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Though there is no shortage of disagreement over the sources of our current malaise, that we live in a decadent society is, perhaps, one of the few ideas that actually can unite many conservative and progressive Americans. What’s more, in the eyes of many Americans, Christianity is not...

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Thursday, 07 March 2019 19:00

Finding Wisdom in the House of Mourning

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By Tim Milosch

There is deep significance in how a society treats its dead. If history is to be considered, state funerals have played a significant role in public life. Western history and thought has found some of its most profound rhetoric in memorializing the dead. From Thucydides’...

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Wednesday, 06 March 2019 19:00

Tolkien and the Golden Age of Fantasy

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By Thomas Sieberhagen

For this is quite the final goal of art: to recover this world by giving it to be seen as it is.

–John-Paul Sartre, What Is Literature?

Blessed are the legend-makers with their rhyme

of things not found within recorded time.

-J. R. R. Tolkien, Mythopoeia

Dragons. Magic....

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Jen Gunter’s New York Times op-ed about the death of her twenty-two-weeks and three day old son sums up everything that is terrible and tragic about our current debate over what constitutes infanticide. On the surface, her story is just of the sort that I worried about being eclipsed in our...

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In the latest edition of his newsletter “The Masculinist,” Aaron Renn dismissed complementarianism as a baby boomer phenomenon that will inevitably die with that generation. Much of the analysis is both interesting and correct, but it also misses a few key points that would...

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Thursday, 28 February 2019 19:00

Ben Sasse Heightens the Contradictions

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In a November 2018 episode of Saturday Night Live, congressman-elect Lt. Cmdr. Dan Crenshaw of Texas appeared with SNL star Pete Davidson. The much-discussed segment came one week after Davidson had made tasteless jokes about Crenshaw’s eye patch, which he has to wear after losing an eye on...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 22:40

Finding Holy In The Suburbs, with Dr. Ashley Hales

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How do Christians live faithfully in the land of too much (i.e., the suburbs)? Here to help answer this question is Dr. Ashley Hales. Dr. Hales joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to talk about consumerism, individualism, busyness, and safety, all topics that she addresses in her new book, Finding Holy...

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Wednesday, 27 February 2019 19:00

In Defense of Localism

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By Sean O’Hare

In a recent piece for Arc Digital, Nicholas Grossman examined the viability of an alliance between left-wing identity politics and right-wing localism. Grossman ultimately concludes that common ground between localism and left-wing identity politics is an impossibility because...

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By Ruben Alvarado

Once upon a time, the state shared the public square with the church. The central location of the church building in every European town is mute testimony to this state of affairs. But those days are long gone. Nowadays there is an implicit or explicit consensus regarding the...

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By E. J. Hutchinson

As we (or, at least, I) eagerly anticipate reading Charles J. Shields’ recently published The Man Who Wrote the Perfect Novel, the first biography of John Williams, it seems a propitious time to provide a brief précis of his major work; for Williams is the greatest...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 21:45

Mere Fidelity: The Invisibility of the Church

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Inspired by the discussion over Andrew’s book, Matt, Derek, and Alastair sit down to tackle another ecclesiastical issue: the invisibility of the church.

Timestamps:

Intro [1:00 – 3:30].

The origin and meaning of the doctrine of the invisibility of the church [3:30 – 6:25].

Alast...

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Wednesday, 20 February 2019 19:00

Book Review: The Dignity Revolution by Daniel Darling

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It is inherent to sin’s nature to rationalize itself. This is hardly a new insight. After all, the almost immediate response of Adam and Eve in the aftermath of the world’s first sin was to justify themselves by shifting the blame. This is precisely why it is so important that churches...

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By Justin Frank

Social media gives unprecedented opportunities to know about and engage in controversy. Many of these controversies are rooted in places far from us; involve people we’ve never met (and will likely never know); and grow out of communities of which we’ve never been (and...

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Andrew’s new book, Spirit and Sacrament: An Invitation to Eucharismatic Worship,is just that: an invitation to have and experience charismatic worship while also holding to a high view of the sacraments. The crew sat down to discuss the book and also distinguish between what it means to...

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By Jeremiah Lawson

In a time when the President has openly questioned what the United States get from being in NATO and fears that Russian and Chinese influence threaten the stability of the Atlantic American-European order, now would not seem like the most urgent time to advocate that what will...

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Wednesday, 06 February 2019 19:00

A Christian Ethic of Sex in a Pornographic Age

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By Joshua Heavin

In the late fourth and early fifth centuries, the church had no shortage of theological controversies and societal crises at hand. Yet several prominent theologians nonetheless devoted significant time to writing about marriage and human sexuality. St. Gregory of Nyssa, for...

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Tuesday, 05 February 2019 19:00

Book Review: Music as an Art by Roger Scruton

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By Jeremiah Lawson

As a written practice, Western music goes back at least a thousand years. Over the centuries music has been made in the service of churches and courts, and from roughly the eighth through the thirteenth centuries was very often vocal music. Soloists and choirs sang the praises of...

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Monday, 04 February 2019 20:00

Liberalism’s Tax on the Unborn

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By Miles Smith

In 1781 Thomas Jefferson left the office of governor of Virginia and wrote the sole book-length work attributed to him. In Notes on the State of Virginia, Jefferson reflected on what he knew was the great moral failure his society maintained and perpetuated: chattel slavery. He...

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Tucker Carlson recently went on a rant about work, economics and class. So we brought on an expert to talk about it, and about the place of family and the church in responding to shifting economic conditions. Dr. Diane Schanzenbach, an economist and Director of the Institute for Policy Research at...

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Tuesday, 29 January 2019 23:53

On Theological Education and the Church’s Health

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By Joshua Heavin

In a recent interview with the Los Angeles Review of Books, Alan Jacobs described the realization that compelled him to write The Year of Our Lord 1943: Christian Humanism in an Age of Crisis: “…what was so strange is that… right in the middle of the war…...

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