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Recovering our confidence: four theses on social conservatism (#4)

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.

Recover intellectual creativity: four theses on social conservatism (#3)

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.

End the hostilities against elites: four theses on social conservatism (#2)

For social conservatism to thrive, it needs to end its hostility toward elite institutions that are currently opposed to it.

To sow or to reap: four theses on social conservatism (#1)

You can’t fight a culture war if you haven’t got a culture.

There is no pro-life case for Donald Trump

There are no conditions at this point under which I could possibly vote for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton.

Matthew Lee Anderson’s vision for top-shelf ministry

Why the Mere Orthodoxy blogger wants churches to keep the bar high—and help people reach it.

The New Evangelical Scandal

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.

Evangelicalism After Trump: The Moral Bankruptcy of the GOP

Responsible citizenship requires judgment, and sometimes judgment means abstention.

Is certainty sinful?

Enns wants us to trust in God—to have a faith “not so much defined by what we believe but in whom we trust.”

Against Donald Trump: why evangelicals must not support Trump

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.

The undead religious right: why I cannot support Ted Cruz

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.

The church’s “intersex” challenge

How should we respond to those who don’t seem to have been created male or female?

The distortions of progressive Christians: how religious liberty is in danger

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.

Anthony Kennedy was *almost* right: post-obergefell thoughts on where we go now

If family is something slightly different than friendship, than marriage is essential to the needs of those who never marry.

The end of sexual ethics: love and the limits of reason

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 system behind abortion: Planned Parenthood’s dehumanizing rhetoric

The practice of treating infant bodies as products in a transaction should itself shock us, regardless of who profits from it.

Time for questions

Doubts multiply when we don’t allow time and freedom to question.

Our culture of reading and the end of dialogue: an essay

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.