The work of conservation isn’t the same as defending (with its connotations of hostility and warfare): It is the work of weeding out positions and attitudes that would undermine social stability, of cultivating and tilling the soil so that cultural flourishing can take root.
One of the hidden yet potentially devastating costs of a culture war mentality is that it locks people into a framework and keeps them pursuing the particular questions that emerge from within it. If the point of our efforts is winning, then questioning our own presuppositions is out of bounds.
For social conservatism to thrive, it needs to end its hostility toward elite institutions that are currently opposed to it.
You can’t fight a culture war if you haven’t got a culture.
There are no conditions at this point under which I could possibly vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.
Why the Mere Orthodoxy blogger wants churches to keep the bar high—and help people reach it.
Whether Democratic efforts to win over evangelicals are successful in the long term remains to be seen. But their devotion of resources and attention to evangelicals and other faith-based communities suggests they see an opportunity to make inroads that did not exist previously.
Responsible citizenship requires judgment, and sometimes judgment means abstention.
Enns wants us to trust in God—to have a faith “not so much defined by what we believe but in whom we trust.”
Trump is a not simply a charlatan, a huckster, a con-man, though he is all of that. He is also shameless. The more outlandish he is, the more he is rewarded with the only currency he cares about: attention.
By all appearances, then, the Religious Right is as alive as it has ever have been. But this time, the grievances that animate them have flowered into an overt anti-politics, a willingness to trade the responsibilities of governance for the therapeutic cleansing of disruptive chaos.
How should we respond to those who don’t seem to have been created male or female?
The legal and social struggle between gay rights and Christian sexual ethics is real, but whatever challenges ‘losing’ the culture brings for conservative Christians, martyrdom is currently not among them.
If family is something slightly different than friendship, than marriage is essential to the needs of those who never marry.
Dianna Anderson (no relation) recently penned a very spirited critique of my recent essay on why I am opposed to gay marriage. I had been notified about the essay a while ago: in…
The practice of treating infant bodies as products in a transaction should itself shock us, regardless of who profits from it.
Confronting a text whose meaning is initially obscure to us and being impelled to press onward, to work and think and wrestle, gives us the sort of discipline and training that genuine wisdom demands.