I have developed a fascination with Rod Dreher’s blogging about what he is calling the “Benedict Option,” the idea that because American culture is entering a dark period of persecution of conservative Christianity, conservative Christians should turn inward to focus on revitalizing their own communities in preparation. This comes in the wake of the […]
How do we recognize the hand of providence? All historians have to confront this question in some form. Considered in literary terms providence is a trope, one emplotment of structured explanation amongst many. In the attempt to understand and explain the past historians offer scholarly stories in which evidence is intentionally collected, critically evaluated, and […]
Warning: Noah spoilers throughout.
Walking out of our screening of Noah last week, one of the first things I said to my colleague was, “I think the moral of the story was that God is evil.” While the movie strenuously, almost ridiculously tries to illustrate how much mankind deserved its fate, their […]
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 […]
To the students of Patrick Henry College:
When I heard your Faith & Reason Lecture was happening on Friday, I was taken back fondly to the first years of that tradition, when I earnestly struggled to follow the complex arguments of Dr. Bates and Dr. Mitchell, two of our great […]
Storytelling is a central element of the Christian faith. From the story that unfolds over the thousands of years recorded in the Old and New Testaments, to Jesus’ use of parables, to the common practice of sharing testimonies among believers, storytelling is crucial. And yet, in contemporary evangelicalism, storytelling is more often a means to […]
When I was growing up, it was pretty well understood that Christians — real, committed, Bible-believing, what today some would shorthand “evangelical,” Christians — didn’t drink. There was an easy contrast for me on this topic, growing up in Boston surrounded by Catholics or, you know, fake Christians. They drank. We didn’t. Have fun in […]
This is part of a series on G.K. Chesterton’s Orthodoxy. Click here to read the introduction to the project. Page numbers refer to this free Kindle edition of the book. Other formats available for free here.
Note: Chapter 1 of Orthodoxy is the introduction, which […]
If you’re reading this blog, chances are you know someone who has de-converted from Christianity or lost their faith in some way. It’s also pretty likely that this person has cited science as a catalyst for that rejection: they finally had a serious encounter with Darwin in college, started reading Richard Dawkins, or […]
This week’s DOMA hearings have prompted the Evangelical blogbuddies to gird their loins and defend the ranks of the faithful few; that is, those who have not “rejected the faith of historic, orthodox Christianity,” even when all others (including many apparently poser-Christians) just didn’t have the stamina. Joe Carter, blogger for the Gospel Coalition, has […]
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