Category Archives: Book of Nature

Do We Need Transcendence to Plow Streets?

The Wire - Season 5 - Aiden Gillen as Councilman Thomas Carcetti - Paul Schiraldi/HBO

Press Conference. Rawls, Daniels, Burrell, Carcetti.

Neo-Calvinist praise from David Koyzis for Bruce Ashford’s contention that political liberals and political conservatives both lack transcendence: Politics in the United States has, for some time, assumed a binary structure. On one side stand the Republicans, who represent conservatism. On the other side stand the Democrats, who represent progressivism. But what most Americans fail… Read More→

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Now More than Ever We Need Women to Shoot!


So imagine the following scenario: You are at a holiday office party. Conversations are flowing as swimmingly as the beverages. You notice out of the corner of your eye a person who seems to be bulkier than usual. You look over and see this person taking off a back pack and removing from it an… Read More→

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Journalists and their Discontents

With the Vatican prosecuting journalists for publishing leaked information, Terry Mattingly thinks the pope may have some lessons for the press. First Pope Francis: The free press, secular and also religious, but professional; because the press, secular or religious, must be professional. It’s important that they are truly professional, that the news isn’t manipulated. For… Read More→

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Where is the PCA’s Glenn Loury?


Recent travels sent me again to the inter-web in search of podcasts that inform, provoke, and keep me awake. My latest favorite source for vigorous exchanges is The Glenn Show at You can watch the discussion on-line — it’s the weird images of talking heads in Skype session. Or you can download a show… Read More→

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Are Christian W-w Voters Selfish?


A curious exchange today at American Conservative between Alan Jacobs and Noah Millman over voting for a party that both supports religious freedom and wars on behalf of liberty. Jacobs, the Christian, writes: Now, some Christians might also argue that the Church exists for others, so that promoting religious freedom, even at the cost of… Read More→

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Spotting the Difference between Piety and Snark


Old Life regular, vd, t, offered this advice for how to respond to climate change: —Plug in your clocks only when you absolutely have to know what time it is. If you need the alarm, get up five minutes early to set it. —Al Gore says cigarettes are a significant cause of global warming, so… Read More→

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Politics of Inclusion


Matt Tuininga calls for the gospel politics of inclusion even while excluding some — ahem — from the Reformed camp. But let’s not go there. Let’s go instead to an apparent confusion of categories that invariably happens when you make the gospel (Jesus Christ died for sinners, there’s not one square inch, man’s chief end… Read More→

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The Adam Option


If we wish to right the wrong that the Supreme Court has done, then, we must do more than change the law. We must change the culture. That’s no easy task, and again it is not obvious how we should begin. That’s one of Phil Lawler’s observations after the Court’s recent decision on same-sex marriage.… Read More→

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Unencumbered by W-w


Noah Millman is not merely on one roll, he’s on four. See below. But his writing on contemporary events leads me again to ponder whether Christians are limited (dumber?) when it comes to non-spiritual subjects precisely because Scripture and church dogma establish limits that block creative and critical thought. (The 2k solution, by the way,… Read More→

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The Court Gives, the Court Taketh Away


From today’s majority opinion on same-sex marriage (thanks to our Michigan correspondent): Finally, it must be emphasized that religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given… Read More→

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