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
Thursday, 23 May 2019 23:00

On Pro-Life Incrementalism

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I heard a man say once that one’s entire response to Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option hinged on how one thought about the sustainability of the current social order. That the existing social order is hostile to orthodoxy is obvious. But is that order sustainable, such that...

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By Simon Kennedy

The current saga involving Australian rugby star, Israel Folau, is a high-profile incubator case for civil liberties in Australia. Folau, like others for him, is facing a threat to his livelihood because of publicly expressing his religious beliefs.

However, unlike similar scenarios...

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By Steven Wedgeworth

The Presbyterian Church in America’s annual General Assembly is quickly approaching, and at least 8 of the overtures that have been submitted concern sexual identity and LGBT ministry in the church. There is also an overture to release Covenant Theological Seminary from...

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 20:00

On Dishonest Stands for the Truth

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By Joshua Heavin

Collin Hansen recently tweeted, “I’ve come to expect that many will lie about what I say and think. It’s part of the job for me and life for all of us in this fallen world. I don’t quite know what to make of the fact that almost all of the lying comes from...

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 01:21

On Being a Church for the Weak

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By Matthew LaPine

“How many BTU’s you rocking?” my co-worker ribbed on my boss’s deck. For a mid-2007 loan officer success was partly measured in British Thermal Units (the performance measure for gas grilling). The grill, the plasma, and the car were all tangible marks of...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 01:00

The Radicalization of John Avery Whittaker

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By Matthew Loftus, Christian Young, and Jake Meador

In the aftermath of Tyler Huckabee’s investigation into the current status of one John Avery Whittaker, former resident of Odyssey and purveyor of Whit’s End, we the writers of Mere Orthodoxy have discovered a startling fact about the...

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Matt, Derek, and Alastair sit down with Joe Carter to discuss the ongoing cultural theme of online radicalization and how the church can respond.

 

Timestamps:

Intro [0:00 – 3:00]

The motives of the Poway Shooter [3:43 – 4:50]

The definition of “Kinism” and its impacts on...

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By Paul. D Miller

Let me tell you a story. There was once a young man who had a comfortable, loving home. But one day his home was attacked, and everything he held dear was threatened. He was forced to go on a perilous journey into the dangerous unknown, unsure of himself and doubting who he was in...

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By Kevin Brown

Nicholas Fuentes is many things. He’s a young, politically engaged person who seems to possess some kind of sincere religious faith. He frequently elevates Christian culture, advocates for faith in the public realm, and defends traditional Christian beliefs with evangelical...

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Matt and Alastair sit down with Dr. Justin Holcomb to discuss the difficult topic of sexual abuse in the church and how to identify and prevent it.

Timestamps:

Intro + The constructive aspects in evangelicalism’s new discussion surrounding sexual abuse [0:00 – 7:00]

The importance of this...

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Thursday, 02 May 2019 03:40

Friends, Enemies, and the Anti-Christian Right

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By Daniel DeCarlo

After the astonishing election of Donald Trump and the rise of the new Right that followed in its wake, the principles which for decades had held the conservative movement together lay in ruin. Trump redrew the electoral map and transfigured the political imaginations of an entire...

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By John Thomas

In her book released last summer, The Kingdom of God Has No Borders, author and George Washington University Professor of American Studies and International Affairs, Melani McAlister recounts the last 50 years of evangelical history through the lens of international policy and...

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Within the pantheon of ‘difficult issues to disagree upon,’ nothing ranks higher than in vitro fertilization. Or so I have concluded recently, anyway. Opposing gay marriage means one will probably get tarred as a bigot, and dismissed and derided accordingly—which is certainly no...

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Sunday, 28 April 2019 20:00

Sex and the Supremacy of Technique

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Last week’s essay from Matthew Lee Anderson and Andrew Walker about evangelicals andin vitrofertilization makes an argument worth discussing: God intends that sex and procreation should not be separated from each other. It made me think of the story of Donald Cline, the fertility doctor who...

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Thursday, 25 April 2019 20:00

The Protestant World of Shakespeare

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By E. J. Hutchinson

It is a monstrous waste of time to try to convince oneself, rocking anxiously back and forth in one’s pajamas, that William Shakespeare was a Roman Catholic—or a Protestant. It is difficult to imagine a more efficient way of destroying literature and the experience of...

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In 1943, C. S. Lewis published The Abolition of Man in an attempt to warn the world about the Innovators, educators who were corrupting the minds of children, turning them into “men without chests.” If Lewis were to write again in 2019, he would find a formidable set of new Innovators...

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By Stephen Wolfe

It is not enough nowadays to be pro-life; you must be consistentlypro-life. If you truly care for life, then you must care for all of life − both in and out of the womb. That is, you must consistently apply the pro-life principle, leading you to advocate for governmental...

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By Joshua Heavin

Upon initially hearing there was a fire at Cathédrale Notre-Dame, I assumed that perhaps some light smoke damage would be incurred; such a titanic vessel must be unsinkable, and our sophisticated modern technology will undoubtedly prevent any serious damage.

The prospect did...

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Wednesday, 17 April 2019 17:00

The Rise of The “Nones” w/ Dr. Tricia Bruce

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Why are more people foregoing religious affiliation in favor of the term “religious nones”? Here to help Matt, Derek, and Alastair wrestle with this subject is Dr. Tricia Bruce. Dr. Bruce is an accomplished sociologist of religion, award-winning author, and an affiliate with the...

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Monday, 15 April 2019 20:00

On Marianne Moore’s “Poetry

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By E. J. Hutchinson

Why do we read poetry? Why should we?

April is National Poetry Month, so it makes sense to take advantage of it to introduce a new series on poetry at Mere Orthodoxy. Its objective is simple: to read some poems, discuss them, think about them, enjoy them.

We begin with a poem that...

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Rod Dreher is fond of quoting a line from Benedict XVI who—forgive my paraphrasing—has said that the church’s two most powerful evangelistic tools are her art and her saints.

Though I have never been fully outside the church, even during my angriest times I still attended regularly...

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Sunday, 14 April 2019 23:49

Natural Law and the Prospects of Persuasion

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By James Clark

When American evangelicals began to earnestly engage in conventional politics in the 1950s, a problem emerged. As David L. Weeks put it in a 2001 article, “Evangelicals have never developed a coherent and compelling political philosophy. Instead, they have relied on the moral...

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Thursday, 04 April 2019 17:00

Biblicism

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Is it possible for one to know all there is to know about theology by just reading the Bible for themselves? Join Andrew, Alastair, and Derek as they deal with the idea of Biblicism and balance between isolated readings of scripture and implicit faith in church traditions.

Timestamps:

Intro + the...

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Wednesday, 03 April 2019 20:00

Love in the Time of Jordan Peterson

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By Daniel De Carlo

The decline of marriage in the United States has become a cause for hand wringing, especially among our ruling class of centrist pundits who man the battlestations of our nation’s indispensable middle-brow newspapers. The emerging conventional wisdom? The current, well...

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Sunday, 31 March 2019 20:00

Desire, Duty, and Dynamite

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As it becomes clearer and clearer that global climate change is dangerous and will require enormous efforts to protect human lives from its effects, the debate about how our individual choices and corporate efforts affect us has only gotten sharper.

Take, for example, this recent discussion from...

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