The Basis for Unity

What if Protestants are actually orthodox by Roman Catholic standards? After all, both sets of western Christians affirm the Nicene Creed and some of us actually use it as the basis for catechetical instruction. Is the difference simply that Protestants are not in fellowship with the Bishop of Rome? And is it that Protestants will… Read More→

Posted in Adventures in Church History, Application of Redemption, Modern Church, Otherworldliness, Reformed Protestantism, Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , , | 35 Comments

The Sabbatarian Option for the Benedictines

Noah Millman legitimately wants specifics about the Benedictine Option (and here I thought it was an after dinner cocktail): Ok, then: monasteries were communities of celibates who held property in common. Anyone from the outside could join the community by taking the necessary vows, and non-votaries could visit, even dwell with the community for a… Read More→

Posted in Being Human, Book of Nature, Christ and culture, sanctification | Tagged , , , , , , | 26 Comments
holistic orb

Woe to Dualism

Is Neo-Calvinism the gateway drug to Islam? Here‘s why I ask: Western observers have difficulty making sense of this Renewal because of our Western biases concerning religion and politics: “The most important source of Western confusion about the meaning of the Renewal is the insistence on distinguishing between Islam as religion and so-called political Islam.… Read More→

Posted in Being Human, Christianity and the West, Neo-Calvinism, Novus Ordo Seclorum | Tagged , | 3 Comments
Josiah Bartlett

The Numbers Don’t Lie

Actually, they may. But Rod Dreher uses them to introduce some other observations that will continue to miss the brain matter of the Roman Catholic interlocutors who hand around Old Life. First, Rod tracks Leah Libresco’s further dissecting of Pew’s numbers on Christianity in the U.S.: If conversions went on as they do today and… Read More→

Posted in Are the CTCers Paying Attention?, Evangelicalism, Modern Church, Roman Catholicism | Tagged , , , , | 32 Comments

How Scotland May Feel the South’s Pain (or not)

Turns out that getting out of a united and centralized nation may have been easier if you fought your way out (or, count the ways I was wrong): The SNP has no idea what it is doing, or the risks it is running. Worse, nor does it seem to care. During a debate in the… Read More→

Posted in Adventures in Church History, High Church Presbyterianism, Novus Ordo Seclorum, Old World Presbyterianism, Reformed Protestantism | Tagged , , , , , | 15 Comments

Al Mohler To the Rescue

I have often thought of the PCA as Southern Baptists who sometimes baptize infants. The autonomy of PCA congregations, the convention-like atmosphere of the General Assembly, and the original southerness of the PCA are reasons for the comparison. To be fair, the OPC is likely the Presbyterian equivalent of Reformed Baptists. Our assemblies work twelve… Read More→

Posted in Because Someone Has to Provide Oversight, Neo-Calvinism, New World Presbyterianism, W-w | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 37 Comments

The Healthy Influence of Meredith Kline

His Vossian eschatology and two-kingdom outlook gave some of us room to avoid this: Have you heard of the Benedict Option? If not, you will soon. It’s the name of a deeply pessimistic cultural project that’s capturing the imaginations of social conservatives as they come to terms with the realization that the hopes and assumptions… Read More→

Posted in Are They On Their Meds?, Modern Church, Neo-Calvinism, Otherworldliness, spirituality of the church | Tagged , , , , | 14 Comments

You Can Make This Up

You would think that between Heidelblog and Old Life, the Brothers B would have enough 2k material to critique and even ridicule. But last week they turned their sights on David VanDrunen and me and had to make up a 2k opinion to suit their purposes. (Maybe the Malware protection on their computers prevents access… Read More→

Posted in Are They On Their Meds?, Gullibility, Modern Church, Novus Ordo Seclorum, spirituality of the church | Tagged , , , , , | 35 Comments

How Others See U.S.

They sound a lot like U.S. The Good: America is a blessed nation. Visiting New York and seeing Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty is a great reminder of how much blessing has been brought to and through America. For many decades, with all its faults, the USA has been a bastion of liberty… Read More→

Posted in Because Someone Has to Provide Oversight, Christ and culture, Modern Church, Reformed Protestantism | Tagged , , , , , | 162 Comments

Why Larry Sanders Is Brilliant

John Fea is sad to see David Letterman go. I am too, even though I haven’t watched late night television for a long time. I am equally sad to see a younger generation of Americans (as in my students) with no familiarity with late night talk shows. When I was a kid, getting to stay… Read More→

Posted in Being Human, Wilderness Wanderings | Tagged , , , , | 53 Comments
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