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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Saturday, 10 February 2018 18:30

Some Further Thoughts on Men, Women, and Shame

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The following are some further thoughts, following on from my post on men and shame. The issue of the relationship between women and men’s shame should be addressed more closely, because there is an awful lot going on there.

I noted in passing that the popular feminist narrative of ‘the...

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Friday, 09 February 2018 10:01

On Men, Shame, and Brotherhood

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Why are young guys into Jordan Peterson? (It's not his politics so if you think that's it, take a seat). Here's really why: Baby Boomer & GenX religious leaders have been exegeting the world of men since early 1990s. Dead wrong & they've lost a generation of guys in the process.

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Sunday, 04 February 2018 23:48

Sex in Zero Gravity

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A review of mine on Mark Regnerus’ recent book, Cheap Sex: The Transformation of Men, Marriage, and Monogamy has just been posted over on The Gospel Coalition website. Within the book, Regnerus describes and seeks to explain the shape of contemporary sexual culture in the West. It is a...

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Thursday, 01 February 2018 20:53

Virtue Ethics in a Virtual Age

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Earlier this week, I had a thoroughly enjoyable day at Ian Paul’s Festival of Theology event, a day devoted to eight TED-talk style presentations, each followed by questions. If you don’t already know him, Ian Paul is the blogger at Psephizo—you really should follow his work, he...

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Wednesday, 31 January 2018 03:06

Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’, Book 6

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You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes on Soundcloud and on this page on my blog.

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Saturday, 27 January 2018 01:42

What Pastors Could Learn From Jordan Peterson

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image Last night, along with a few online friends, I watched this debate on the meaning of life between William Lane Craig, Rebecca Goldstein, and Jordan Peterson, hosted by Wycliffe College. While watching it, and reflecting upon Peterson’s work more generally (about which I’ve writtenin...

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Wednesday, 24 January 2018 05:38

Easter Course and Summer Programmes

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I’m excited to share with you some of the courses and programmes that I will be teaching in the next few months.

Theopolis Institute Easter Course

The first is a course with the Theopolis Institute on the theology of the sexes, between March 12-16 in Birmingham, Alabama. Here is the description...

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Tuesday, 23 January 2018 03:02

Where to Find My Stuff

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A commenter recently requested that I restart my links posts. Unfortunately, this is unlikely to happen: writing links posts was a lot of fun, but I did not feel that it was the best use of my time (open mic threads are unlikely to be revived either, for similar reasons). What the commenter...

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Monday, 22 January 2018 08:40

As One Having Authority

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I’ve just posted over on Political Theology Today, discussing the authority with which Jesus spoke and arguing that we need to communicate this authority today:

The authoritative word still retains considerable power in our day and age, even though we often find ourselves recoiling from its...

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In a discussion such as that surrounding Jordan Peterson’s recent interview, one can predict with some certainty that several responses will appear countering claims about psychological and behavioural differences between the sexes with appeals to the forces of socialization and social...

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Thursday, 18 January 2018 12:47

Jordan Peterson and Powerful Men

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Jordan Peterson’s interview with Cathy Newman on Channel 4 has understandably and deservedly been receiving a lot of attention over the last couple of days. A great many people have expressed their admiration for Peterson’s calm and clarity and, much less edifying, their derision for...

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Wednesday, 17 January 2018 09:27

Podcast: Equality

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image Our first podcast of 2018 is on the entirely uncontroversial subject of equality as a Christian value. One of our listeners requested that we devote a show to the topic and, being the reckless fools that we are, we agreed to do so. The result is a conversation in which not a few hostages are...

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Someone drew my attention to a bit of a brouhaha that has been going on over on Twitter about an article I wrote a year and a half ago, in which I questioned the trope of the ‘strong female character’. I thought I’d take some time to clear up some of the apparent...

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Alan Jacobs has a thought-provoking piece in The New Atlantis in which he explores some of the underlying dynamics of protests surrounding controversial speech on campus. You should read his piece before you read the rest of this post, which will be some hastily assembled remarks on his argument...

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Tuesday, 26 December 2017 08:48

Weightless Words on the World Wide Web

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Guy Debord, writing in the 1960s, analysed the supplanting of the active and directly lived life of society by the ‘spectacle’, with which members of society passively identify and which they consume. Debord made clear that the spectacle—the mediation of social relations by...

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Monday, 25 December 2017 23:13

2017 Retrospective

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On holiday on the Isle of Skye

As it is de rigueur for the active blogger and as is my ownhabit, I am ending the year with a retrospective. 2017 has been an odd year in many respects; looking back over it, it seems rather disjointed, like several parts that don’t quite constitute a whole. No...

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Sunday, 24 December 2017 21:54

The Politics of the Shepherd’s Sign

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Merry Christmas to you all!

A reflection of mine on the Christmas story has just been published on Political Theology Today.

Luke’s account of the shepherds is the story of a wondrous and remarkable sign, reminiscent of the sign of the burning bush, anticipatory of the sign of the empty tomb,...

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Friday, 22 December 2017 06:45

The Gospel and the Twitter Wars

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Progressive versus conservative evangelical spats are one of the very worst things about Twitter, which is really saying something. Such arguments illustrate just how poor a medium Twitter can be for productive conversation, not least on account of its tendency to foreground some of the shrillest...

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For any reader of “Cat Person” who feels cheated by its title, this is for you

“Cat Person”, a short story from the New Yorker, recently achieved viral status. Within it, Kristen Roupenian tells the tale of a brief yet ill-fated ‘relationship’ between Margot, a...

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Wednesday, 20 December 2017 01:14

Podcast: The Virgin Birth

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image In our final podcast of 2017, the entire cast is on the show to discuss the Virgin Birth.

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My latest Davenant Institute video has just been published. Within it, Brad Belschner and I discuss the question of whether the Church should set up an ecumenical council on the question of homosexuality.

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Tuesday, 19 December 2017 01:08

Twin Nativities

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A piece of mine has just been posted over on the Theopolis Institute’s blog. Within it, I argue that the story of the gospels is the story of two births, that the nativity narratives should be read in parallel with the accounts of Christ’s death and resurrection:

Jesus was born of a...

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Thursday, 14 December 2017 01:35

No, Black Women Didn’t Save Evangelicalism

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Freddie deBoer describes a particular sort of unhealthy progressive politics as the ‘politics of deference’:

I have personally taken to thinking of a particular kind of misguided progressive political engagement as the politics of deference — that is, the political...

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Tuesday, 12 December 2017 04:01

Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’, Book 5

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image We have now reached the fifth book of Augustine’s Confessions in our podcast discussion of the book. Derek, Matt, and I discuss various themes and issues that arise within it.

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Monday, 11 December 2017 05:19

Social Media and Subsidiarity

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image A video of a crying young boy describing his experiences of bullying in school has gone viral over the last day or so, being shared by many millions of people. Dozens of celebrities have responded, and have received glowing press in their turn as a result. Some have suggested raising money for his...

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