Category Archives: Novus Ordo Seclorum

Has Aaron Sorkin been Reading John Calvin?


The Hart home has a problem. The missus and I are about 2/3 of the way through season four of The Wire (for at least the third time for the whole series), and we are also making our way pleasantly through West Wing thanks to being smitten by Newsroom. As I’ve tried to explain elsewhere,… Read More→

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When People Believe in God . . .


. . . they believe almost anything. That isn’t how G. K. Chesterton’s famous quote goes, but it seems more accurate than the one he actually penned: “When Man ceases to worship God he does not worship nothing but worships everything.” Christians (Protestant and Roman Catholic) believe a lot of stuff that isn’t in the… Read More→

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No It’s Not


Evangelicalism’s greatest problem is its beliefs. So thinks Jake Meador: Evangelicalism’s biggest problem with regards to those outside evangelicalism isn’t our image, it’s our beliefs. That’s why Louie Giglio was uninvited from President Obama’s second inaugural. That’s why there was a mass freakout about Chick-fil-a despite the fact that even gay rights activists admitted that… Read More→

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Woe to Dualism

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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→

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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→

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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→

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Thought Experiment


After reading Mustafa Akyol: On this latter issue, however, President Rouhani Obama spoke recently in a tone very different from what Iranians Americans are used to hearing from their leaders. At a gathering with police commanders, he said, “Police do not have a duty to enforce Islam Christianity. No police officer can do something and… Read More→

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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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