Category Archives: Adventures in Church History

Church Reformed


The archbishop of San Francisco, Salvatore Cordileone (gotta love that name), is kicking up a lot of dust in Roman Catholic and California circles for the policies he has initiated within his parochial schools. Here‘s an example of what Cordileone has in mind: We, the Archdiocesan High Schools, Acknowledge that some of our administrators, faculty… Read More→

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A Shot in the Arm for (some) Conservatives


Pope Francis may have aggravated those of his Mexican flock, but for Americans in the Southwest who are not wild about immigration, he may have given them leverage: On Monday Mexico’s foreign minister, Jose Antonio Meade Kuribreña, complained–“with sadness and concern”–that comments recently made by Pope Francis had stigmatzed the Mexican people. The Holy See… Read More→

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Guessing TKNY’s Inspiration


From our co-editor comes word of a book that analyzes all of the sermon’s that Tim Keller preached between 1989 and 2004. The author then lists the ten-most frequently cited figures in those 985 sermons. Today’s competition, running until Saturday (February 28), is for OL readers to guess those top-ten names. The person who gets… Read More→

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Running Things


In Miller’s Crossing, after gaining the upper hand over, Leo, the Irish mafia boss, Johnny Caspar, the Italian boss, complains that “running things” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Administration takes a lot of time and leads to a lot of compromise and loss of focus. So, when the Renaissance popes built their capital… Read More→

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Making Excuses


After reading defenses of the Crusades, this account of the Renaissance papacy by Eamon Duffy caught my eye. First the bad: The Renaissance papacy evokes images of a Hollywood spectacular, all decadence and drag. Contemporaries viewed Renaissance Rome as we now view Nixon’s Washington, a city of expense-account whores and political graft, where everything and… Read More→

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Neo-Calvinist Reality Check


David Koyzis can’t help but notice that Kuyperianism didn’t work out so well: As a young man I was shocked during a visit to Amsterdam to see the proliferation of “sex shops” and the brazenness of the city’s red light district. In the four decades since then the Netherlands has come to be known for… Read More→

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Tomorrow begins another Round of Cherry-Picking


While Justin Taylor advises on how to prepare for Lent (can you believe it involves a book published by Crossway?), Carl Trueman reminds about the arbitrariness of tradition among evangelicals (high and low): The question of catholicity is, of course, more complicated than merely adopting a practice or a doctrine because it has deep historical… Read More→

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Civilization Goes Better with Christ


That is yet again the message of Joseph Pearce after the trial of Britain’s first Muslim mayor, Lutfur Rahman, “who is accused of ‘subverting democracy,’ running a ‘den of iniquity’ and ‘systematically stealing votes’ as he turned the London borough of Tower Hamlets into his own private fiefdom.” But it turns out that the abuses… Read More→

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Apologies that Defy Belief


President Obama may have been guilty of dabbling in civil religion last week at the National Prayer breakfast, but was he really in error about the Crusades? This was the paragraph that went viral: Humanity has been grappling with these questions throughout human history. And lest we get on our high horse and think this… Read More→

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