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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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.

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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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Tuesday, 26 March 2019 20:00

Whose Reaganism? Which Republicanism?

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In an intriguing document published last week at First Things and signed by a number of prominent dissident conservatives, the drafters called for an end to “warmed-over Reaganism,” and exhorted America’s conservatives to embrace a communal conservatism that...

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Sunday, 24 March 2019 14:30

The Spirituality of the Church

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Should individual Christians be politically active or should the church as an institution be politically active? Join the whole cast and crew as they discuss (and debate) the doctrine of the Spirituality of the Church.

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Intro + Overview of the Doctrine of the Spirituality of the Church...

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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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