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The battle for the evangelical 20-somethings

There are blind spots built into the discussion about who the next Christians are and what shape Christianity should take—blind spots which can only be really seen properly when the movement is put into dialogue with both history and other communities.

Why natural law arguments make evangelicals uncomfortable

A recent paper highlights the differences between evangelical and Catholic defense of traditional marriage.

Caitlin Flanagan and the disenchantment of sex

If nothing is sacred, nothing can be profaned. The reverberations from a scandal surrounding colleges and sex might provide a little hope that the total disenchantment of sex is not yet complete.

The center of good news

Why we can’t understand the gospel—or ourselves—without the Trinity. A review of ‘The Deep Things of God.’

Why Christians should oppose “death panels”

We should treat death with the sort of contemplative, cheerful deliberation that might mark someone at the beginning of a long voyage, for the journey into the far country is the beginning, not the end.

The divine divide

The gods of America, and the difference they make. A review of ‘America’s Four Gods.’

Culturally focusing on the family

How hipster evangelicals have fallen into the same consumerist traps as their parents.

Your doctrine of creation is too small

In the order of questions, how the world came into being, or whether the world is good, or what responsibilities we have toward the world are all derivative upon the questions of what the world is and how it is to be understood in reference to the Creator.

The choice of children: the logic of gay marriage and abortion

The complex relationship of procreation, gender differences, and reproductive impulses that is heterosexual marriage exists “pre-politically.”

Douthat’s tepid defense of traditional marriage

Ros Douthat’s endorsement of traditional marriage is about as tepid as you’ll find, down to being nearly incoherent. He wants to talk about the ideal, but then let it go when it becomes socially inconvenient. He’s worried—rightly—about being called a bigot, but attempting to straddle both sides won’t satisfy anyone.

Expecting to change the world: A reply to James Davison Hunter

Conservative evangelicals are held captive by stories of secular institutions who refuse to allow the Christian worldview into their discourse about the nature of the world, stories which are used well to raise funds, but which reinforce a culture of negation and hostility toward those with whom we differ.

A sword between the sexes

Van Leeuwen’s book is a provocative and thorough study of both Lewis the author and Lewis the man.

The aesthetics of sports

Both bad officiating and good officiating take their meaning–like everything else–in the eschaton, in the final resolution of the game, both in itself and in its relationship to its broader cultural context.

Chesterton’s orthodoxy as the antidote to modernity

Chesterton is the anti-Nietsche—a poet-philosopher who understands that unless truth exists, the enterprises of art and beauty are rendered meaningless.

Neither beast nor God: Gilbert Meilander on personal dignity

*Neither Beast nor God* explores the way in which birth, breeding, and death offend our sense of human dignity (and the ways in which human dignity must be maintained in those acts), and how human dignity and personal dignity relate to each other.

Desiring the kingdom: why worldview is not enough

Drawing upon Augustine and the phenomenological tradition, James K.A. Smith argues that instead, humans should be viewed fundamentally, though not exclusively, as lovers, and—post regeneration—primarily as lovers of the Kingdom.

The Gospel and proper political engagement: reflections on the atonement and Christendom

The secular space that the exists between now and the eschaton is the space in which the Church enacts its mission, which is a mission both to people and to the nations and societies that they compose. This allows us to approach politics from a different vantage point—one that is integrated into and reflects the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the cross.

Find the good and praise it: patrol’s post-evangelicalism

We must be evangelicalism’s harshest critics because we are her biggest fans. Only from such a position of loyalty and love will we be able to see evangelicalism as she is: always broken and dying, yet still being reborn and renewed from within.