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

By Greg Forster

Having considered Socrates’ proposals in theRepublic for the community of women and property, and his somewhat modified proposals in theLaws, we now consider his fanciful proposal in the less well-known dialogueGlaucon for a city in which men will be free to disagree about...

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Monday, 13 November 2017 22:28

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book IV

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This week Alastair, Derek, and Matt take up and read Book 4 of Augustine’s Confessions. If you’d like to read along–which we encourage you to do–Henry Chadwick’s translation is available widely at a reasonable price.

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The latest proposal by House Republicans to eliminate the adoption tax credit has sent pro-lifers into a frenzy. The ERLC, Susan B. Anthony List, and related groups have denounced the Republican proposal as insufficiently pro-life. One prominent conservative website went so far as to suggest that...

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We’re delighted to have Carl Trueman on the show to talk with us about the sources and effects of the Reformation. Trueman holds the Paul Woolley Chair of Church History and is professor of church history at Westminster Theological Seminary.

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I’m pleased to publish this guest feature from Dr. Paul D. Miller of the ERLC.

Book I:  A debate about theocracy, the separation of church and state, and how to govern a city in which there is no agreement about the will of the gods.

I was walking down to the Piraeus with Glaucon when we...

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 20:00

Sex in Movies: Was John Piper Right All Along?

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So Kevin Spacey is in the news this week for what increasingly appears to be a Weinstein- or Cosby-level history of sexual abuse. In Spacey’s case, however, his typical target was allegedly young boys he met through his work as an actor. The story began when actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey o...

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Tuesday, 31 October 2017 20:00

Bucer, Freud, and the Evangelical Counseling Wars

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I’m pleased to publish this guest essay from Brian Mesimer.

The door closes as your next appointment walks in and sits in the chair across from you. Putting his head in his hands, Rick lets out a mournful sigh. After a few seconds go by, he looks up, and with tears streaming mutters, “I...

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Monday, 30 October 2017 23:55

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 3

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This week Alastair, Derek, and Matt take up and read Book 3 of Augustine’s Confessions. If you’d like to read along–which we encourage you to do–Henry Chadwick’s translation is available widely at a reasonable price.

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Monday, 30 October 2017 20:00

How to Celebrate the Reformation

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Today marks the 500th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther (might have) nailed his famous 95 Theses to the church door in Wittenberg. While the historicity of that famous event is in dispute, what is not in question is that the Saxon monk provided the spark that lit the European powder keg...

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This lecture was originally delivered at Hillsdale College. A PDF version of this essay is also available.

Last year, one of Hillsdale’s most famous alumni, Peter Leithart, wrote an essay called “Why Protestants Can’t Write” that began with the line “Blame it on...

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I’m pleased to publish this guest review by Dr. Mischa Willett.

Let’s get one thing straight: there is nothing wrong with shooting an albatross. As even casual readers in the history of English literature will know, a sailor’s shooting the great sea-bird is the central action in...

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017 20:00

Conservatism Fails to Act Responsibly

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Last Friday Kevin D. Williamson publishedan essay at National Review that in many ways represents mainstream conservatism’s highs and lows. By turns hilarious, insightful, bizarre, obnoxious, confused, and offensive, Williamson explores the ugly ways in which Trump and his cadre of right-wing...

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Thursday, 19 October 2017 20:00

On Powers, Principalities, and Politics

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“I’m the idiot box. I’m the TV. I’m the all-seeing eye and the world of the cathode ray. I’m the boob tube. I’m the little shrine the family gathers to adore.”

“You’re the television? Or someone in your the television?”

“The TV’s...

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Thanks to Jon Askonas and Matt Loftus for their help with this.

St. AugustineCrazy Mixed-Up Love: How I Tried Everything Else And Accidentally Found Jesus

Martin LutherStop Going to Church: How the Church Undermines Authentic Christian Spirituality

John CalvinWhen You Ask God Why:...

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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 00:09

Mere Fidelity: Confessions, Book 2

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This week Alastair, Derek, and Matt take up and read Book 2 of Augustine’s Confessions. If you’d like to read along–which we encourage you to do–Henry Chadwick’s translation is available widely at a reasonable price.

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Monday, 16 October 2017 20:00

What Do We Do with Karl Barth?

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I’m pleased to publish this guest post from Dr. Matthew Emerson.

Recently, Christiane Tietz’Theology Todayarticle, “Karl Barth and Charlotte von Kirschbaum,” was a hot topic in one small corner of the internet, occupied mostly by academic theologians. Tietz’ essay...

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Thursday, 12 October 2017 20:00

In the Center There Is Joy

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It is crucial that we rehabilitate centrism. The way to do it is to see it as a metapolitical thesis. This means no longer construing it as a rival of the various political positions on offer. On this view, centrism is not the middle point between the two ideological extremes. Rather, it becomes a...

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017 20:00

Ecclesiology and the Zombie Pastor Problem

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A brief note on the furor surrounding Patheos’s decision to add Mark Driscoll to their Evangelical channel: One of the common responses when something like this hits the press is for evangelicals, self-lacerating sorts that we are, to say that we need more institutional accountability, more...

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Derek and Alastair are joined by Samuel Bray and John Hobbins, who have co-authored a new translation of Genesis 1-11.

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Lessons from the Wreckage, Pt. I: A Voice from the Whirlwind

He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;

he makes the clouds his chariot,

he rides on the wings of the wind;

he makes his messengers winds,

his ministers a flaming fire.

—Ps. 104:3-4

On August 13, a complex of thunderstorms...

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I’m pleased and amused to publish this brief guest post from Colin Redemer.

  1. Don’t watch the racist, patriarchal, and evil NFL.
  2. Browse Twitter to pass the time.
  3. Oh, @realDonaldTrump said what?!
  4. Turn on the NFL and watch to show support for the protest #Resist.
  5. Tweet a side by side photo of...

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Thursday, 28 September 2017 20:00

The End of Bourgeois Christian Politics

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I’m happy to publish this brief column from my friend Brandon McGinley.

I remember watching the 2008 election returns in a conference room at Princeton University with fellow conservative students and faculty members. The general mood declined quickly as the presidential results trickled in;...

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I’m pleased to publish this piece from Michael Graham. It’s a bit meandering, but what it does well is define terms, place the debate within a broader context, and walk through the steps of the argument needed to understand the issue and make the necessary points. One of the...

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Is there hope for liberalism? Our editor Jake Meadordoesn’t think so, following in the footsteps ofAlistair Macintyre and Stanley Hauerwas. Alistair Robertssums up many of the ways in which liberalism (which, as Jake has pointed out, should be thought of more in terms of “classical...

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This week Alastair, Derek, and Matt take up and read Book 1 of Augustine’s Confessions. If you’d like to read along–which we encourage you to do–Henry Chadwick’s translation is available widely at a reasonable price.

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