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Two Cities or One?

Michael Sean Winters thinks Bishop Robert McElroy’s article on the religious duties of voters has merits, but I wonder after reading this paragraph: Most important, a spiritual political conversion requires the orientation of soul that flows from the principle of solidarity that St. John Paul II powerfully outlined as a fundamental element of Catholic social… Read More→

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If Muslims and Christians Worship the Same God, Can’t the Forgiven and Unforgiven Too?

The latest from Wheaton College is that Larycia Hawkins and the College have agreed to part ways. In the leaks that led to this apparently amicable determination was an email from Wheaton’s provost, Stan Jones, who apologized for his handling of the incident. According to Alan Jacobs, Jones wrote: I asked Dr. Hawkins for her… Read More→

Posted in Application of Redemption, Being Human, Evangelicalism, Forensics | Tagged , , , , , , | 34 Comments
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Voluntary or Forced Exit

I was listening to another episode of the Glenn Loury Show today on the way to the office and Glenn (a few years ago now) brought up the book by Albert O. Hirschman, Exit, Voice, Loyalty. It’s about what happens when businesses or states break down and consumers or citizens need to decide whether to… Read More→

Posted in Adventures in Church History, Christianity and the West, Reformed Protestantism, Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , , , , | 14 Comments
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H. L. Mencken Wasn’t Roman Catholic and He Could Write

First Christian presidents and now Peter Leithart explores Christian writers. Why do Christians feel the need to describe human activities in the context of sanctification? Isn’t that a tad provincial? Leithart’s argument is that because Roman Catholics rely more on sacraments than Protestants who treat them as merely symbols, Roman Catholicism produces better writers: Marburg… Read More→

Posted in Being Human, Reformed Protestantism, Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , , , , | 27 Comments
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Did President Obama Throw Malcolm X Under the Bus?

Now that the missus and I are three seasons into West Wing, I understand that the nation’s presidents cannot say whatever is on their mind. They need to spin for so many different reasons. It’s almost like watching Tom Reagan in Millers’ Crossing. Even so, President Obama seems to have once again provided a cliched… Read More→

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Where’s Jesus?

Wouldn’t one of those answers that always work in response to any Sunday school question — the Bible, God, or Jesus — be the answer to the dilemma of God’s justice and divine mercy? But when Pope Francis answers the question, he neglects Jesus and the cross, the ultimate confluence of justice and mercy: “Sacred… Read More→

Posted in Application of Redemption, Forensics, Roman Catholicism, This is Embarrassing | Tagged , , | 169 Comments
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Today’s Lesson in Ecclesiology

From the far right: After Pope Benedict XVI resigned, there was a near-universal agreement among Church leaders that his successor should make it a top priority to bring the Roman Curia under more effective control: that is, to govern the Vatican well. In the daily conferences leading up to the 2013 conclave, one cardinal after… Read More→

Posted in Because Someone Has to Provide Oversight, Christian politics, Evangelicalism, Orthodox Presbyterian Church, Reformed Protestantism, Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment
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Trump is What Conservatives Do (or have done since 1950)

Maybe Trump’s 45 minutes of fame (he certainly has more than the rest of us) are coming to an end. But I continue to be surprised by the woe-is-me-conservatism that accompanies his candidacy and appeal (and I am not going to vote for him — there). He is an insurgent, he is a populist, he… Read More→

Posted in Novus Ordo Seclorum, Wilderness Wanderings | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments
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Calvinists and Muslims Together (again)

Even more of those days: In 1683, a vast Ottoman army camped outside the gates of Vienna. For centuries thereafter, the siege and final decisive battle that took place would be cast as a defining moment in a clash of civilizations — that time the forces of Islam were halted at the ramparts of Christendom.… Read More→

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C-Folds or Rolls of Paper Towels

The resurrection of Jesus will help you decide (courtesy of neo-Calvinism): To put it another way, one who says that their commitment to the primacy of preaching, leads them to have little regard for the music, parking, greeting, signage, aesthetics, friendliness, hands-on ministry, evangelism, outreach, care-giving, announcements, and so on, is simply theologizing their laziness… Read More→

Posted in Application of Redemption, Are They On Their Meds?, Being Human, Neo-Calvinism | 18 Comments
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