Category Archives: Novus Ordo Seclorum

Two Cities or One?


Michael Sean Winters thinks Bishop Robert McElroy’s article on the religious duties of voters has merits, but I wonder after reading this paragraph: Most important, a spiritual political conversion requires the orientation of soul that flows from the principle of solidarity that St. John Paul II powerfully outlined as a fundamental element of Catholic social… Read More→

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Trump is What Conservatives Do (or have done since 1950)


Maybe Trump’s 45 minutes of fame (he certainly has more than the rest of us) are coming to an end. But I continue to be surprised by the woe-is-me-conservatism that accompanies his candidacy and appeal (and I am not going to vote for him — there). He is an insurgent, he is a populist, he… Read More→

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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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We’re Closer to Turkey than You Think?


This may be the most important context for considering the controversy over Islam at Wheaton College, namely, that Americans themselves are not all that comfortable with secularity and Islam reveals where the lumps in the mattress are. Rod Dreher quoted a poignant part of Ross Douthat’s column on how the West views Islam, as either… Read More→

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Why This Won’t End Well For Wheaton


If Bill Smith thinks Michelle Higgins’ endorsement of Black Lives Matter at Urbana won’t end well for the PCA, imagine what will happen when the BLM folks figure out that a black professor may be about to lose her job at a white-dominated college. An African-American tenured professor!!!! HELLO! And students at Princeton think they… Read More→

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The Politics of the Holy Spirit

President George W. Bush grasps the hand of his father, former President George H. W. Bush, Friday, Sept. 14, 2001, after speaking at the service for America's National Day of Prayer and Remembrance at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  Photo by Eric Draper, Courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library

Michael Sean Winters first argues that the Second Vatican Council was revolutionary: Douthat also insists that there was nothing revolutionary about Vatican II. I do not want to get hung up on semantics. If he wishes to make a Burkean point, that there is a difference between reform and innovation, and revolutionaries innovate, I am… Read More→

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Will We Have Bibles in Heaven?


Another version of the 1k critique of 2k, this time a review of a book about John Frame’s theology: Frame implicitly rejects a separation of the world into sacred and secular realms. If theology is the application of Scripture by persons to every area of life, then it follows that no area of life is… Read More→

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It’s Not A Reason to Re-Think Islam but to Wonder about Graham


John Schmalzbauer has an intriguing point about the kerfuffle at Wheaton over Christians and Muslims worshiping the same God. Previous administrators (before Phil Ryken) had signed a statement affirming solidarity between Christians and Muslims: In November 2007 Wheaton’s president, provost, and chaplain signed a major statement on Christian-Muslim understanding that appeared in The New York… Read More→

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Would Jesus Set Mumia Free?


Since the missus and I have no children, no parents, relatives are 700 miles away, and friends are out of town with families, we have few Christmas traditions other than to watch a lot of movies. Last night gave us the chance to see Let the Fire Burn, a documentary about Move, the Afrocentric organization… Read More→

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Cherry Picking Amendments


I am no fan of the National Rifle Association. Having grown up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, I have no first hand knowledge with weapons — either for self-defense or sport. My own politics tell me that if I am going to support the Second Amendment (and my right to bear arms), I should also… Read More→

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