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.
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.
The more confident we are in our knowledge, the more willing we can be to hear challenges to it.
Suppose the challenges I have described are real and that there is lots of social and institutional pressure to change one’s views about human sexuality. In such an environment, those who have the clearheadedness to see the game afoot will almost invariably sound paranoid.
The central question facing our society is whether there can be mercy in the gay marriage debate.
Our culture is risking a new, unrelenting pursuit of justice far more “Puritanical” than the Puritans.
Our impulse to punish wrongdoings through shame is expanding in part because we lack shared authorities who can make justice public for us — and because so much more of our lives can become public. We are all judge and jury now.
If culture is in a decline, repeatedly reminding the world of the fact did nothing to reverse it.
The church’s distinctiveness from the world is a byproduct; it comes from ordering ourselves toward the person and work of Jesus.
Having played the same song of decay so often, evangelical writers have a credibility gap with anyone who isn’t already convinced.