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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Wednesday, 21 March 2018 02:00

Book Club: Confessions, Book VII

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Matt, Alastair and Derek consider book 7 of Augustine’s Confessions.

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Hillbilly Elegy,J.D. Vance’s bestselling memoir, strikes a delicate balance between family history and cultural commentary. In the book, Vance draws on his memories of an unstable family in a stagnant small town to paint a vivid picture of the culture of “working-class white Americans...

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Thursday, 15 March 2018 20:00

The Tedium of Worldview Analysis

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In an episode of “The Briefing,” yesterday Dr. Al Mohler of Southern Seminary reflected on the death of the renowned physicist Stephen Hawking. You can read a full transcript of the eight minute segment on Hawking using the link above.

Here is how the episode was summarized on...

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By Brewer Eberly

Carl R. Trueman recently offered yet another characteristically surgical takedown of contemporary culture over atFirst Things—this time biting into the Oscars and Western aesthetics. It is worth readinghere.

Trueman argues that events like the Oscars will show yet again how...

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018 00:00

Mere Fidelity: Echoes of Exodus

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Derek hosts a special episode of Mere Fidelity to talk about the new book from Alistair and Andrew. You can check out their new book here, if you’re so inclined. If you like the show, please do leave us a review on iTunes. We are also available on Google Play.

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Tuesday, 13 March 2018 20:00

Movie Review: A Wrinkle in Time

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I’m fairly sure that the first time I ever ran into any of the words in the Bible in print was in the pages of Madeleine L’Engle’sA Wrinkle in Time. It’s the first of many occasions in the book where she quotes scripture, and I almost certainly understood even less than the...

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Sunday, 11 March 2018 20:00

The Problem with Surrogacy: A Brief Sketch

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This will, hopefully, be brief.1 I wanted to briefly articulate what the core good of the Christian vision of sexuality is so that we can then connect that good to the problems of IVF and surrogacy.

My gateway to the traditional Christian view did not actually come from a typical sort of...

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Wednesday, 07 March 2018 19:00

Surrogacy and the Challenge of Fair Mindedness

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By Matthew Lee Anderson and Jake Meador

One of the main objections this website attempted to lodge against the Nashville Statement was that its focus and tenor were so narrow that it swung at the branches of the sexual revolution while leaving the trunk intact. What conservatives have taken to...

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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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