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

A draft executive order has recently riled up the architectural community. Entitled “Making Federal Buildings Beautiful Again,” it points out the ugliness in a number of modern architectural movements and calls for a return to classical and other traditional styles of architecture in...

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Wednesday, 19 February 2020 19:00

Dwyane Wade’s Selective Essentialism

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Dwyane Wade’s enthusiasm for his child’s gender transition offers a fascinating example of transgender ideology’s selective performativity. Wade’s 12-year-old son, born Zion, recently announced he wanted to be referred to as a “she.” During an appearance on Ellen,...

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Tuesday, 18 February 2020 18:10

“The Lord’s Prayer,” with Dr. Wesley Hill

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How do we pray to our Father? Dr. Wesley Hill joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to discuss his latest book,The Lord’s Prayer: A Guide to Praying to Our Father. Is the prayer an exact model or more of a paradigm for Christians? What are the implications of spiritual warfare in the prayer? Will...

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Tuesday, 11 February 2020 19:00

The Key Question for the Sanders Campaign

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Last night Bernie Sanders, unsurprisingly, won the New Hampshire primary. FiveThirtyEight now gives him a 38% of winning the Democratic nomination—his leading rival, at this point, is a brokered convention, which the site gives a 33% chance of happening. Prior to Iowa, there were three...

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Monday, 10 February 2020 19:00

Why Churches Need Artists

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My church is accustomed to download a work of art corresponding to the sermon or the liturgical season and to print it on the bulletin. (This is something I love.) But, recently, we “discovered” a painter who had lived for years in our midst. We asked her if she would paint the art for...

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Monday, 03 February 2020 18:45

“Science and The Good,” with Dr. Paul Nedelisky

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Can science tell us how we should live or why we should be good and not evil? Paul Nedelisky joins Matt, Derek, and Alastair to explore these questions and discuss his latest book (co-written with James Davidson Hunter), Science and the Good: The Tragic Quest for the Foundations of Morality.

Timestam...

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Sunday, 02 February 2020 19:00

A Hidden Life According to Neil Postman

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What is it that makes Terrence Malick’s A Hidden Life so starkly unique and beautifully profound? To answer this question, let’s start by considering literature.

Great literature attempts to encapsulate the beauty and hardship of life and its relation to the rest of the world; literature...

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Friday, 31 January 2020 00:30

Star of the Sea

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I have a weakness for verses about Mary and the sea. There is that line from Eliot, that bit of the Dry Salvages, when he asks the lady, whose shrine stands on the promontory to pray for all those who are in ships,and for those who were in ships and/ ended their voyage on the sand.There is the...

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Last night, we launched Issue 23 of Plough Quarterly, at the Red Room at KGB Bar on East 4th Street. I went there first when I was probably 16 or so, for a book launch of my father’s, and I’ve found myself there quite a bit, lately, for absinthe tastings and the Dead Ladies Society and...

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Tuesday, 28 January 2020 19:00

Happiness, Virtue, and the Bastard Science

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Happiness is a personal problem. Or so it may seem. Consider the self-help section. A library of recent books offers just the right mindset, self-care regimen, or practical hack for troubled souls who, presumably, hope that one more piece of advice might be just what they need. Self-declared...

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Monday, 27 January 2020 19:00

Why Protecting Rivers is a Conservative Cause

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Rivers play a pivotal role in our national imagination. In school, we learn about Abraham Lincoln’s travels on the Mississippi River, or Lewis and Clark’s passage along river routes toward the Pacific Ocean. From the Bible, we learn of the river running through the new Jerusalem, with...

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Sunday, 26 January 2020 23:19

Hinterland: Review of an Apocalypse

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Shattered souls and ruined lives are the plot, and the ever-burgeoning, post-industrial wastelands created by the forces of global capitalism are the setting in Phil A. Neel’s gripping and brutal new book Hinterland: America’s New Landscape of Class and Conflict. Part travelogue, part...

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Several years ago Matthew Lee Anderson wrote in these pages that there is no pro-life case for Donald Trump. In many ways the argument has not aged well—Anderson was deeply skeptical that Trump would make good on his promise to appoint pro-life justices. I shared that skepticism. We were both...

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Wednesday, 22 January 2020 19:00

Leviathan, Zarathustra, and the End(s) of Liberalism

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Enter scene left: House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi harangues the House while pointing to a giant styrofoam board with the pledge of allegiance emblazoned across it. Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Schiff walks the articles of impeachment from the House to the Senate with ceremony and pomp.

Enter scene right:...

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Tuesday, 21 January 2020 19:00

The Freedom of the Trad

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Freddie De Boer has a typically sharp post up at his personal blog analyzing the ‘trad’ trend in some (mostly culturally elite) social circles. Do read the whole thing, but this graf gets at the main critique nicely:

Here’s the problem: you cannot choose to be premodern. If you are...

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An atheist, a Christian, and a Jew start talking about science and faith. This might seem like it is either the lead up to joke or the beginning of a fight. Instead, it was the setting of a meeting I attended last January where Dr. S. Joshua Swamidass gathered scientists and theologians of nearly...

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Tuesday, 14 January 2020 16:00

The Imprecatory Psalms with Trevor Laurence

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Christians are told to love their enemies and pray for those who persecute them, but should we also pray for justice and judgment to befall our enemies? Trevor Laurence joins Derek and Andrew to discuss the imprecatory psalms and their implications in the Christian Life, their biblical-theological...

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This is a two-part essay. The first concerns several of the weaker responses to Mark Galli’s recent editorial at Christianity Today calling for President Trump’s impeachment. The latter concerns two of the better critiques and, in particular, one argumentative thread helpfully...

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Although the word “apocalypse” in contemporary popular imagination connotes “the end of the world,” the word in biblical and theological literature means an “unveiling” or a “revelation.” In apocalyptic literature, the truth about reality is not...

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Sunday, 05 January 2020 19:00

Our Fathers Left Us Evangelicalism

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My Father Left Me Ireland is a memoir of longing and reclamation. Michael Brendan Dougherty recounts his rediscovery of his cultural roots and taking possession of an absent heritage as he reconnected with his absent Irish father. Dougherty sought an identity with meaning in contrast to his bare...

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Thursday, 02 January 2020 02:07

12 Days of Christmas: January 2

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The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! This is he of whom I said, ‘After me comes a man who ranks before me, because he was before me.’ I myself did not know him, but for this purpose I came baptizing...

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When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, “Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us.” And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. And when they...

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Tuesday, 31 December 2019 00:27

Confusing the Substance and Accidents of Star Wars

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The recent, and last, installment of the Star Wars Episodic saga, The Rise of Skywalker, is alive on the silver screen. The film opened to a successful $176.5 million (75 million less than The Force Awakens, mind you) and is sure to be a landmark in pop-culture history.

No matter the numerical...

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Monday, 30 December 2019 21:00

The 12 Days of Christmas: December 31

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And he said to me, “These words are trustworthy and true. And the Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets, has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”

“And behold, I am coming soon. Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this...

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Sunday, 29 December 2019 21:00

12 Days of Christmas: December 30

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And I saw no temple in the city, for its temple is the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb. And the city has no need of sun or moon to shine on it, for the glory of God gives it light, and its lamp is the Lamb. By its light will the nations walk, and the kings of the earth swill bring their glory...

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