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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.

Evangelicalism After Trump: The Moral Bankruptcy of the GOP

Responsible citizenship requires judgment, and sometimes judgment means abstention.

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.

Behold! What Shakespeare’s words on mercy can teach us about Internet shaming

Our culture is risking a new, unrelenting pursuit of justice far more “Puritanical” than the Puritans.

Further thoughts on World Vision

It was not clear that the decision to withdraw funding from World Vision entails that there is *more* concern for opposing homosexuality than for helping children.

Should yoga be banned from public schools as a religious activity?

Three views on a possible church-state stretch.

Intellectual empathy and overcoming disagreement

One way to cultivate such common ground in our own local communities is through what some of called “intellectual empathy,” or the decision to enter into a person’s way of the seeing the world and look along with them.

Friendship, opposition, and Chick-Fil-A

Ethical consumption doesn’t entail these sorts of symbolic actions, and while it might be right to support the restaurant there’s also something to not letting the right hand know about the left when we’re doing what we ought.

The new Puritanism: Chick-fil-A and boycotts

It be folly to think that companies have ever escaped having values. Yet those values seem to have been, well, tied to their products. Industry. Thrift. Quality construction. Chick-Fil-A’s decision to close on Sunday’s is a decent example of this.

The politics of breast cancer

The eruption of controversy around the Komen Foundation’s decision to not renew its funding of Planned Parenthood and their stunning reversal (or was it?) has reinforced two truths: the culture war is a long way from over, and it is hardly a one-sided affair.

What’s new is old: ‘America’s New Evangelicals’

Today’s politically liberal evangelicals may not be as different as some imagine.

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.

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.