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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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 19:00

The Grace of Good Questions

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Francis Schaeffer used to say that if he had an hour to tell someone about Jesus, he would spend the first 55 minutes of that hour listening. I thought about this a couple weekends ago when I was able to attend the L’Abri conference in Rochester, MN.

One lecture in particular has stayed with...

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Tuesday, 06 March 2018 00:14

The Evangelical Center After Billy Graham

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It’s a fairly banal observation, at this point, to note that the success of Billy Graham and other mid-century evangelicals, like Carl F. H. Henry and Harold Ockenga, came from their ability to formulate a centrist vision of American Protestantism. To their right stood the fundamentalists and...

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Before theyget carried away,the Christiansnow tuning into Jordan Peterson need to realize that this man is notthe next C.S. Lewis. On the contrary, Jordan Peterson is the man C.S. Lewis warned them about. It’s not that I don’t understand why Christians are attracted to...

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Monday, 26 February 2018 00:02

Why I Am Listening to Jordan Peterson

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By David George Moore

Someone last year, and I can’t recall who, recommended that I watch some of the videos on Jordan Peterson’s YouTube channel. Since my workouts include time on the treadmill, I listen to all kinds of teaching and preaching on the web. I believe my entrée to...

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Monday, 19 February 2018 19:00

The Parting of Ways Amongst Younger Christians

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Several years ago I heard Ross Douthat say that he thought, given the 20-30 years of good will that had been built up between Protestants and Catholics, it may soon be time for some frank discussions of our differences and a healthy parting of ways. Douthat’s words have come to mind several...

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By Coyle Neal

In some ways, Dr. Joy Connolly’s introduction to the formal study of Rome mirrors my own.

“I began to study the republican tradition in earnest in 2001, at a time when the promise of rescue it offered—by mapping a third way between liberalism and communitarianism,...

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By Brewer Eberly

Is there a topic at the intersection of Christianity and medicine today more fraught than abortion?

Opinions divide in the public square just as they do in the pew, at the bedside, and in the bedroom. Abortion remains acentral political issue for the left regarding equality and a...

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By Josiah Alexakos

Last year Yahoo! Newstold the story of Jasmine Dixon, a part-time hourly employee at Wal-mart who was forced to return to work only two weeks after a medically complex birth that ended with her son spending time in the NICU before being allowed to go home. Dixon’s story is...

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Tuesday, 13 February 2018 19:00

Announcing: The Household Worship Project

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The right wing sociologist Charles Murray says we’re coming apart. His left wing counterpart, Robert Putnam, has spoken of a loss of social capital. And now as rural America and, increasingly, American cities are carried away by drug addiction, our scholars are talking about deaths of despair....

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We, the editors of Mere Orthodoxy, are publishing the following investigatory piece anonymously so as to avoid reprisals from the Evangelical Deep State.

2017 was the year of the deep state, a year when the inner workings of the American system were exposed to the world and we realized that the...

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Sunday, 11 February 2018 19:00

Christendom in 1200 Words (Give or Take)

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The first foundation of Christendom is that reality is grounded in God. Even if one locates the foundation of political order specifically in natural law, this law reveals the God who created nature and mankind in the first place. Second, the nature and history of mankind climax in the public...

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Thursday, 08 February 2018 19:00

The Factitude of Creeks, or, Loving the Real

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My daughter and I went on a hike today. I told her to put on her shoes, and she toddled over to her moccasins. I said we were going to the forest. She picked up her basket and carefully placed half a green crayon and a .38 Pilot pen inside it. She slung the basket along her elbow and looked up at...

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Wednesday, 07 February 2018 19:00

Conscientious Producerism

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In an earlier poston this site, I wrote that Christians must “consider how their productive activities—who they sell their labor to or where they invest their capital—can grow out of their convictions.” Yet the suggestion that some occupations are better for Christians than...

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If human beings were perfectly rational masters of their appetite by default, “Just don’t abuse women!” would be a sufficient response to the crisis of sexual abuse (along with “Punish the abusers!”). One sees a very strongPelagian streak among Christians and...

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Monday, 05 February 2018 19:00

In Defense of Josh Hawley

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There are times when conservative Christians lamenting unfair media coverage can get tiresome. If you’re like me, you can sometimes find yourself thinking that it’s overblown. But then something like what has happened to Missouri senate candidate Josh Hawley happens and, well, you start...

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As the stories of #MeToo and #ChurchToo have spread across the internet and previously unaware people have come to realize how widespread sexual abuse and harassment are, we are now asking how to prevent men from abusing or harassing women. Despite the complexity and pervasiveness of the problem,...

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 23:00

Book Club: Confessions, Book VI

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Matt, Alastair and Derek consider book 6 of Augustine’s Confessions.

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Tuesday, 30 January 2018 19:00

Book Review: Confident Pluralism by John Inazu

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John Inazu’s book Confident Pluralism is a helpful text that provides readers with both a legal explanation of how a pluralistic society would function politically and a clear statement about the sort of character needed to make a pluralistic society work. It is no surprise, then, that the...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 19:00

Three Notes on Women Professors and Seminary

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John Piper caused a bit of a kerfuffle on Christian Twitter the other day with a podcast episode in which he said that only men should teach at seminaries. Though much of the discussion that followed was both boring and predictable, the question raises a number of interesting points, many of which...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 21:00

Debating the Actual Crisis of Liberalism

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Now that the dust has settled a bit on the Mortara debate prompted by Fr. Cessario at First Things, I want to ask a more general question about the state of play between the more radical anti-liberals in the religious conservative world and the more traditional conservatives—the young...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 04:28

Mere Fidelity: Equality

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And we are off and running! In our first show of the year, Derek, Alastair and Matt consider its theological dimensions and social uses of ‘equality.’ G

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Last week First Things, as the colloquialism earthily says, stepped in it.

The occasion for this unpleasantness was the publication of an essay by Romanus Cessario, O.P., arguing that the church was within its rights when Pope Pius IX abducted Edgardo Mortara, a Jewish child who had been...

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Growing in wisdom involves growing in the discernment of who is wise, and who only parodies wisdom. While there are many ways to parody wisdom, two stand out in the age of the internet. At first glance they might seem to be opposites, but (on closer inspection) they reveal themselves to be...

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Wednesday, 03 January 2018 19:00

If Anything Is Pro-Life, Nothing Is

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“This is a pro-life issue.”

By now you have probably heard this sentiment expressed about any number of issues that are not immediately related to abortion.Food stamps,taxes,healthcare—evenimmigration!—are designated as “pro-life” causes because they may in...

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Tuesday, 02 January 2018 19:00

The Problems Two Kingdoms Don’t Solve

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By Simon Kennedy and Ben Saunders

The church in the West is facing a significant cultural crisis. Aggressive secularisation and rapidly declining religious influence combine to bring a sense of despair in the Christian’s relationship with society. In the United States, where the great liberal...

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