Matthew Lee Anderson writes about ethics and politics for the church in the world.

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White evangelicals have a complicated relationship with Christian nationalism

As the specter of full-dress theocracy has dimmed, attention has shifted to a distinct but overlapping phenomenon: Christian nationalism.

On being “Pro-Life” in a pandemic

Whatever else we say about the relationship between our responsibilities to protect the lives of those who are most vulnerable, we cannot pretend that these decisions are easy.

How pornography makes us less human and less humane

Pervasive consumption of pornography dulls the mind: if we delightedly give ourselves over to falsehoods, we lose our ability to sort truth from fiction.

Can justice be saved?

In these talks, which I delivered at Biola University’s Torrey Honors Institute, I attempt to lay out an evangelical account of justice that is responsive to current questions.

Breaking evangelicalism’s silence on IVF

While evangelicals have become increasingly aware of the emotional challenges infertility poses, we have not yet considered the hidden costs of our desperate pursuit of children through artificial reproductive technologies.

Why the church needs the infertile couple

We’re missing a broader scope of familial love.

People criticize pro-lifers for focusing so much on abortion. But there’s a reason we do.

For the pro-lifer, there is no clearer instance of the marginalized, the voiceless, and the vulnerable than in the womb.

Why I am opposed to gay marriage

For it is in marriage—and marriage alone—that eros finds its consummation and discovers resources for its ongoing renewal. Eros can destabilize us and make us go topsy, but it also helps us see why marriage matters.

Here come the radicals!

David Platt, Francis Chan, Shane Claiborne, and now Kyle Idleman are dominating the Christian best-seller lists by attacking our comfortable Christianity. But is ‘radical faith’ enough?

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