I’ve been aware for a while that my criticisms of the more ideological incarnations of liberal rationalism have an undeniable resonance with conservative religious arguments. That was confirmed last weekend when this post I wrote last year, analyzing the liberal humanism I adopted after I left my former conservative evangelicalism, went viral in [...]
An intriguing trend is emerging among progressive Christian voices and their connection to small town life in America. While some of these voices may be a part of the mainline, liberal ideology commonly referred to as progressive Christianity, others are just as likely to be labeled evangelical. Some identify themselves with the political left, some [...]
Currently circling the country is one of the world’s most loved/hated figures: Jesus. No, wait: Yeezus. But I saw it with my own eyes: the new Yeezus tour features Kanye West’s very own personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Move over Bono, Christians have a new spokesperson.
Kanye’s depiction of Jesus may seem, at first, like [...]
What is the best way of defending the Christian religion today? And do we really need yet another apologia in the form of an intellectual argument? Both Alister McGrath and Benno van den Toren are alert to these questions. Mere Apologetics (Baker, 2012) and Christian Apologetics as Cross-Cultural Dialogue (T&T Clark, [...]
This morning, The Daily Beast published a review/essay by me about Nadia Bolz-Weber. A lot of people have written about NBW, and in thinking about adding my voice to that list, I wanted to be sure to say something original and interesting. As I read her book, I came up with the notion [...]
David Swartz gave a lecture at Gordon College last month entitled, “Evangelical Left: Oxymoron or Opportunity,” in which he tells the story of a failed attempt to coalesce a movement in the mid-eighties and current thinkers who might signal a renewed opportunity for political engagement by Evangelicals. The Culture Wars have left many Evangelicals [...]
Patrol is excited to announce the addition of our new Managing Editor, Jonathan Romas Povilonis. Jonathan is a student of Philosophy and Theology at Harvard Divinity School, and will be working with Patrol for the next several months.
Because of this, we once again have the capacities to accept submissions:
We are seeking [...]
A few months ago I was out jogging while listening to an NPR interview. The interviewer in the studio was a highly-educated, liberal woman. The interviewee on the line was a 24-year old woman, articulate yet less-educated, from North Carolina. She was heading to Brazil for Catholic World Youth Day, and the conversation was about [...]
Last week, in my Writing Across the Media course, I showed a video, produced by The Washington Post, about how sports articles are being written by computer programs. Perhaps you’ve heard of this. The thinking is that many sports news stories are rather formulaic, and so, given the right data, a computer program can [...]
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