Category Archives: Novus Ordo Seclorum

Independence Day in Calvinist “Rome”

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After a stimulating conference in Hungary on international Calvinism, yesterday conferees concluded their visit by taking a tour of Debrecen, the stronghold of the Hungarian Reformed Church, and the place where on April 14 (which was yesterday), 1849, the Hungarians declared independence at the city’s Great (not pretty good) Church. Here’s one account of what… Read More→

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Did He Really Say That?


David Robertson does his best impersonation of a 2ker (minus the fear of Islam): Why is Islam a threat to our society? It was Christianity that brought the sacred/secular divide into the Western world. It was Christianity, especially after the Reformation, which taught that there were two kingdoms and that the one was not subject… Read More→

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A Fundamentalist Is A Mean Evangelical

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It wasn’t supposed to work out this way. Evangelicalism of the Billy Graham variety was supposed to present a kinder gentler conservative Protestantism. But as Tommie Kidd recently observed, evangelicals rarely receive positive press these days: It’s nice to be liked. But it also comes with temptation – that of focusing all the church’s work… Read More→

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Americanists All


Folks in other faiths or branches of THE faith are either worried or desirous of America working its wonders on belief and practice. Richard Mouw, for instance, recognizes the problem of his former advocacy of a post-American Christianity in comparison to his hopes for Muslims to find a form of Islam that fits with American… Read More→

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Somewhere between the Crusades and the National Council of Churches

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That somewhere is the Land of 2k. The reason for this reminder stems in part from a post over at Rorate Caeli about modernized Roman Catholics who don’t have much to offer Muslims: What does modernized Catholicism do faced with Islam and its terroristic religion of violence? Does it ask Islam to accept modernity? Does… Read More→

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It’s Secular But It’s Our Secular


Worries about the Islamization of the West are curious when the Christians worrying so frequently lament the decadence of the societies that Europeans now inhabit (both in Europe and the Americas). William Kilpatrick, for instance, believes the West confronts a situation comparable to what Europe faced in Hitler: It’s estimated that in Brussels, the self-styled… Read More→

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Obviously, Ross Douthat isn’t following 2k debates nor has he read A Secular Faith: What’s more, the alternative perspective here — that a politician’s religious commitments are so personal and private that no one else can reasonably be asked to comment on them, or even to identify them at all — usually belongs to a… Read More→

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Do We Need a Federal Agency to Regulate Religious Identity?


I was reading this piece over the weekend on home schooling and the author struck me with her use of identifications: From its inception, the movement included both religious homeschoolers who sought to remove secular influences from their children’s lives, and secular homeschoolers whose motivations were based on beliefs about child development. After the Supreme… Read More→

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One Square Inch Not Covered


I guess I should thank Father Longenecker for giving me so much material of late, but his recent post about the need to respond to ISIS raises an arresting question for those Christians with global outlooks (both neo-Calvinist and Roman Catholic). Do some sectors of life exist that Christ doesn’t claim as his? The civilized… Read More→

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Another Two Cheers for Secularization


What a great achievement the United States is and the entire process of breaking up Christendom into nation-states with their own sovereignty, based not on Christian teaching but on the give and take of practical politics. Gary Welton sees secularization as a problem but his reaction to the Paris killings actually shows the value of… Read More→

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