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 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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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 01:08

Mere Fidelity: The Virgin Birth

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In their final episode of the year, the whole cast considers the theological significance of the Virgin Birth. Thanks to all of you who have listened, commented, and contributed to the show this year. We are very grateful for your support.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 19:00

The 2017 Eliot Awards

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For the longest time one of my favorite year-end rituals has been combing through David Brooks’s Sydney Award winners for the year to find which ones I’d missed and to re-read favorites from earlier in the year.

That said, the various folks who contribute to our project here read quite a...

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William T. Cavanaugh and Jamie K. A. Smith, eds.:Evolution and the Fall, Eerdmans, 2017.

The questions the church confronts most severely at present are questions of human nature, and what to call good and what to reject as broken and fallen in our present state. Without a clear understanding of...

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By Brad Vermurlen

Around this time each year, many of the pastors and seminary professors I’m connected to on social media post their top ten books of the year. Inevitably, most of the books they select are religiously committed books about some aspect of theology or ministry or the Christian...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 19:00

Quiz: Are you an evangelical?

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Matthew Loftus, Susannah Black, Matthew Lee Anderson, Jon Askonas, and Christian Young assisted with the drafting of the questions. Also, thanks to Alan Noble for mentioning this idea on Twitter!

Are you an evangelical?

In the Trump era there is no lack of uncertainty about the true definition of an...

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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 19:00

A Consequentialist Theory of Voting

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By Stephen Wolfe

The Trump and Moore political campaigns raise an important question for Christians: does one endorse the moral life of the candidate he votes for? Surprisingly, there seems to be consensus on this, regardless of one’s willingness to vote for Trump or Moore. A vote in some way...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 19:00

The Principled Pro-Life Vote

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One brief note on last night’s result in Alabama: In last year’s senate race won by Richard Shelby, there were 3,631 write-in votes. At time of writing with 98% reporting, there are 22,019 write-in votes in the run-off election.

That differential—roughly 19,000 votes—is stark...

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