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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The sexual revolution has a well-known masculine bias. Though feminists have won real battles, the outcome of the war has never been in doubt. Unmooring sexuality from the home, from marriage, and from religion has benefitted nobody more than lecherous, grasping men.

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We’ve seen it happen: A new assault on the sanctity of human life appears—say, infanticide being promoted in a major bioethics journal, or officials in Iceland bragging that no children with Down syndrome are born there, thanks to prenatal genetic screening—and some horrified...

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Bruce Cole died on January 8. He was 79 years old.

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First and Second Chronicles recount the history of the Davidic kings of the kingdom of Judah. It’s a checkered history, to say the least.

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The Edgardo Mortara episode is a stain on the Catholic Church. Whatever one thinks about the efficacy of baptism, forcibly separating a child from his parents is a grievous act. And even if one can construct a theoretical rationale for doing so, as Romanus Cessario does , it was wildly imprudent...

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Joseph Fletcher (1905–1991) was one the most influential philosophers and bioethicists of the twentieth century. His advocacy blazed the path for many of the radical social transitions we are experiencing today. He gained fame as the prime proponent of “situational ethics,”...

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With new books rolling off the presses, evangelicals continue to take stock of the age of Trump. Stephen Strang’s God and Donald Trump offers a glimpse into the backing of Trump by some leaders in the evangelical world. Strang’s narrative reveals a new coalition between Southern...

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When we launched our year-end campaign, I noted our accomplishments to date in 2017. Today, I can announce that we’re on our way to adding one more to the list. We’ve raised $482,369 so far in our campaign, and are just $17,631 away from our $500,000 goal as we head into the final...

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If the past few years are any guide, we’re in for a wild ride in 2018.

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My first subscription was to Breakaway, Focus on the Family’s lifestyle magazine for teenage boys. Breakaway ran dating advice columns that advised against dating (à la Joshua Harris), alongside coverage of the godly bands beloved of our assistant youth minister, a suspicious figure...

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I know not how it may be with others, but in Britain it is still rather enjoyable to donate a pint of blood. I have been doing this, on and off, since the days when everything in Britain, from TV to life in general, was still in black-and-white. We were an odd combination of declining imperial...

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The Christmas-themed ad proposed by the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., to be placed on public buses and in bus-stop shelters in the Washington area was so simple, anodyne, and subtle, in both content and design, that you’d have to think twice before realizing that it conveyed a...

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Advent is the season of watching and waiting, but it is also, as the days draw nearer to Christmas, a time of hastening. There are lists of people to write to, presents to think up, to get or make, to wrap and have delivered. Nor is it just the business of getting and giving. There is also a...

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For the past decade or so, I’ve been assembling a mid-sized Judean village of Fontanini crèche figures, including artisans, herders (with sheep), farmers (with chickens and an ahistorical turkey), vintners, blacksmiths, musicians, weavers, and a fisherman or two (one awake, another...

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That our country is in a sexual crisis is obvious from the large number of prominent men who are accused of aggressive sexual offenses against women. That number, still growing, is staggering. The historical roots and development of this crisis can be illuminated by a look at popular psychological...

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Afew days ago, one of my undergraduate students asked me, “Why do so many people believe that God is like an old man in the clouds?”

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Before John proclaims the gospel of God, He introduces the God of the gospel.

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The Animatorsby kayla rae whitakerrandom house, 284 pages, $27

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Over the course of ten days in early November, New Yorkers had the opportunity to attend Lincoln Center’s The Psalms Experience : twelve concerts with a capella settings of all 150 psalms, with the occasional organ accompaniment. The psalms were grouped according to twelve subjects. No...

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Radical. Renegade. Rebel. Revolutionary. Friends and foes alike have applied such labels to Martin Luther during the last year, the 500 th Anniversary of the Reformation. I won’t begrudge anyone’s use of these titles, but one neglected title deserves attention: Conservative.

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Pope Francis has caused another round of cheering and dismay by calling for a “better translation” of the words of the Lord’s Prayer. Specifically, he says that the line familiar to us English speakers as “lead us not into temptation” should be rendered as “let...

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Jack Phillips claims to be an artist—and he is. Photos of the beautiful hand-decorated cakes he has created, each one as different as the brides and grooms who commission them, abound in legal briefs and all over the internet. Far less beautiful is the legal case in which Phillips is...

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Jerusalem was last a recognized capital city exactly 830 years ago, when in 1187 the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem surrendered the city to Saladin. The conqueror did not make the city his capital, and neither did any of the Muslim Arab, Mameluke, and Ottoman rulers who followed him. (Nor did a...

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Each of our parties is acting crazy, thanks to its own elites. The Republicans are acting crazy thanks to the narcissism and entitlement of the right-leaning business and professional classes. The Democrats are acting crazy thanks to racial politics—specifically, the angry racial politics...

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Recently, MoMA’s first poet laureate, Kenneth Goldsmith, received national attention for teaching a course at the University of Pennsylvania titled “Wasting Time on the Internet.” The class was in fact just that: three hours a week of online thumb-twiddling. Goldsmith’s...

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