Category Archives: spirituality of the church

At Least Jesus Gets A Week


You don’t even give up politics for Lent? I’m not feeling politics right now. We’ve got wars and rumors of wars over a large swath of the world. Pro life people are battling killer legislation in Colorado and corporate raiders are raiding the public treasury everywhere and in every way they can. There are runaway… Read More→

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Anachronistic Calvinism


James Bratt may think that historians of Calvinism need to explore the ways that this form of Protestantism interacted with or even shaped the forces of modernity, but scholars who study early modern Europe have moved on from the Calvinist exceptionalism that goes with neo-Calvinism: . . . the essential historical importance of the story… Read More→

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Those Were The Days


A big bowl of civil religion to put the culture wars in perspective: Almighty God: Our sons, pride of our nation, this day have set upon a mighty endeavor, a struggle to preserve our Republic, our religion, and our civilization, and to set free a suffering humanity. Lead them straight and true; give strength to… Read More→

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Golden Oldie (part one)


From the archives of Modern Reformation, excerpt from “The Incarnation and Multiculturalism“: One of the ways, however, where the church has become conformed to the world concerns this very notion of how Christ is like us. One of the assumptions which governs so much of our lives is the idea that it is impossible for… Read More→

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Persuasion by Innuendo


Bill Evans is baaaaaaaaaack with another dismissive post about 2k. I am not sure why he grinds this ax, though I have ideas. Also, I detect another attempt to tarnish 2kers with unmentioned and unmentionable implications of their position — the guilt by association technique: We will cheerfully admit that 2K advocates have some legitimate… Read More→

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Finding the West’s Inner Augustine


Peter Lawler has responded to Patrick Deneen about the divide among U.S. Roman Catholics on whether or not to get right with America. Part of Lawler’s response is to invoke Augustine on the homelessness that all people feel this side of the eschaton (or is it merely the impermanence of creaturely existence?): All political arrangements,… Read More→

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Would the Papal States Have Fielded a Bobsled Team?


The question is of course anachronistic since the International Olympic Committee did not start until 1894, a good quarter of a century after the papacy lost its temporal powers. Even so, if ever Christians had wanted to root for a Christian team in the Olympics, the Papal States would have come the closest to integrating… Read More→

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What Must I Think about America to be Saved?


Contrary to Jason and the Callers, the fault lines in U.S. Roman Catholicism are not between traditionalists and liberals, but between American exceptionalists and those skeptical about America. Here is how Patrick Deneen describes the division: On the one side one finds an older American tradition of orthodox Catholicism as it has developed in the… Read More→

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Why Do the Critics of 2K and Heterodox Political Theorists Sound So Similar?


I wonder if Rabbi Brett, the BBs, and other transformers of culture (neo-Calvinist or not) would be troubled by Ronald Beiner’s observations in “Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Rousseau on Civil Religion” (Review of Politics, Autumn 1993). According to Machiavelli, Christianity: devalued honor and glorified passive martyrdom, has taught me to be humble, self-abnegating and contemptuous of… Read More→

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