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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.

The politics of mask-wearing

There is a time for resisting the encroachment of tyranny—like while living beneath one. The order to wear masks in response to a pandemic hardly seems like the origins of a despotism.

Public reasoning in a Pandemic: Responding to Moore, Reno, and Littlejohn

This pandemic demands not only statesmanship from our political leaders, but clear-eyed guidance and counsel from our moral and spiritual leaders.

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.

Communicating the gospel in a partisan world

The worship of Jesus Christ is a visible sign of Christ’s triumphal reign over the nations of the world. Yet such worship’s most fundamental form is endurance beneath conditions of injustice.

A failed attempt to reset the nationalism debate

What is the relationship between Christianity and nationalism?

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.

Sex ethics after purity culture: What do its critics want?

The absence of a script for how to enter marriage was partially a consequence of the loss of a social vision for why one would marry in the first place.

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.

Responding to Dr. Wayne Grudem on In Vitro Fertilization

There are only one of two directions we can go when people we love make moral choices: we can either waffle and change our own opinions about what’s right, or we can buttress the reasons we had for coming to the judgment in the first place.

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.

Neonatal euthanasia in the New York Times

There’s no easy way to criticize such an intimate essay—but critical reflection is, I think, necessary.

Infanticide debate reflects a new era for abortion politics

As states push for pro-choice protections, Christians have a growing obligation to defend the lives of babies born as “burdens.”

The impossibility of an evangelical conservatism

While I now find Huckabee’s willingness to impale himself on the altar of Trump reprehensible, it is not because I am averse to evangelical populism: I just want it to remain evangelical.

Baptizing the Spirit of the Age

The Church of England recently released a document of “pastoral” guidelines for performing an “Affirmation of Baptismal Faith” ceremony for transgender individuals.

Hating “them” is easy: How can Americans live together in peace?

Without any kind of shared educational tradition, our public discourse hangs on assembling a bricolage of numbers and personal vignettes.

Will the Trump presidency lead to renewed dialogue between Catholics and Evangelicals?

Mr. Trump’s degeneracy and the old-guard religious right’s defense of it provide younger conservative evangelicals an opportunity to clarify the nature of their witness in the political realm. In the coming years, they will need to look for new avenues to proclaim the truth of God’s word in a fractured and broken world.

Assorted thoughts after Revoice

The divide about whether ‘identity’ is obviously or clearly unbiblical relates to why the conservative acknowledgment of gay Christians’ affirmation of biblical marriage seems to diminish its significance.