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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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.

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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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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My friend Tony Reinke invited me, along with a number of others, to give some brief thoughts on this issue. Considering what is coming to light regarding the long-term effects of collisions in the game upon the brains of its players, are supporters morally complicit? See the various viewpoints here....

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Ian Paul, the author of the good blog Psephizo, is holding a Festival of Theology at the end of January. I will be presenting a brief talk on the subject of Virtue Ethics in a Social Media Age and there are a number of other talks that promise to provide stimulating material for discussion. It will...

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Thursday, 07 December 2017 07:50

The Strangeness of the Modern Mind

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The question of how things that were once inconceivable can become conventional and even majority viewpoints is one we far too infrequently ask ourselves. How is it possible, for instance, that the norm of marriage as a male-and-female institution is one of the nearest things there is to a cultural...

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Wednesday, 06 December 2017 07:15

Video: Are Sexual Ethics Part of Orthodoxy?

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The latest of my videos with the Davenant Institute has just been posted. Within this video, Brad Belschner and I discuss the relationship between sexual ethics and orthodoxy, pointing out the bearing that the creed has upon our use of our bodies.

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Monday, 04 December 2017 00:28

The Politics of the Day of the Lord

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The final volume in James K.A. Smith’s Cultural Liturgies trilogy, Awaiting the King: Reforming Public Theology, has just been released. In this week’s episode of Mere Fidelity, Davey Henreckson joins us to discuss Smith’s book. This is, I believe, our longest episode to date:...

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Monday, 27 November 2017 01:17

Greystone Theological Institute

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I’m excited to share that, a few days ago, I became a Fellow in Scripture and Theology with the Greystone Theological Institute. I will be lecturing for them on an occasional basis and will also be contributing to the work of the Lydia Center.

Greystone describes its mission as follows:

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Monday, 27 November 2017 00:12

Top Ten Curious Cat Questions

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It is nearly a month since I took a break from Curious Cat. Out of my own curiosity, I just checked my blog hits to see which of my Curious Cat questions received the most traffic from this site. Obviously, this is far from the most accurate way of measuring the popularity of particular questions,...

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Sunday, 26 November 2017 23:56

Review of Todd Wilson’s ‘Mere Sexuality’

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I’ve just reviewed Todd Wilson’s Mere Sexuality: Rediscovering the Christian Vision of Sexuality for the Gospel Coalition website.

I think Wilson’s attempt to provide an account of “mere sexuality” suffers on account of his taking current debates about homosexuality as...

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 10:26

Video: Is Ethics Part of Orthodoxy?

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My latest Davenant Institute discussion with Brad Belschner has just gone online. On this one, we discuss whether ethics is a part of orthodoxy.

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In our latest episode of Mere Fidelity, Matt and I discuss ethics and technology with our guest, Michael Sacasas, who writes on issues relating to technology over on his blog, The Frailest Thing. I have been a highly appreciative reader of Michael’s work for a number of years now. I am...

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Tuesday, 14 November 2017 01:22

Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’ Book 4

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The fourth episode of our ongoing discussion through Augustine’s Confessions has just gone online.

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.

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Thursday, 09 November 2017 03:09

Video: Is Biblicism Bad?

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My latest Davenant Institute video has just gone online. This time, Brad Belschner and I are discussing what ‘biblicism’ is and whether it is bad. Take a look!

Authors: Alastair Roberts...

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Monday, 06 November 2017 22:11

Podcast: The Reformation, with Carl Trueman

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In honour of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, this week’s podcast was devoted to a discussion of its causes, its importance, and its legacy. For our discussion, the entire Mere Fidelity cast was joined by the wonderful Carl Trueman.

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Thursday, 02 November 2017 22:22

John Ruskin and the Illusion of Value

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A post of mine on the subject of labour, money, and the question of value has just been posted over on The Kitchen Table. Within it, in conversation with Ruskin, Mill, and Marx, I discuss what value is and how our misperceptions of value radically and dangerously distort our society.

Our society is...

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Wednesday, 01 November 2017 01:45

Answers to Questions—25/10/2017-31/10/2017

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I have hit the milestone of 1,000 answered questions on Curious Cat and have signed off answering questions on the site for the next few months. Thanks to everyone for their questions! Here is a list of some of the last batch of my responses:

What is the Bible FOR? … [Answer]

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Welcome to the latest episode of our study through Augustine’s Confessions. This week we get into the third book, discussing matters such as Augustine’s critique of the theatre.

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