The Bonhoeffer Effect, “Unpleasant Parallels,” and the 2016 Election

Christians on both sides of the 2016 election invoke the heroic example of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, but the history of Christian responses to Nazism is much more complicated. [Read more…]

Could the U.S. Finally Get a Significant Christian Democratic Party?

Is American politics finally ready for a Christian democratic party like those that have long played key roles in European and South American politics? [Read more…]

The Secularization of Christian Holidays

The Christmas season starts early in Germany as well. Some stores have had their displays out for weeks, and bakeries are already churning out the Stollen and Plätzchen. I’m trying to imagine what December in Germany would be like if American-style jurisprudence reigned. Christmas markets across Germany (organized by cities) would become “Winter markets” or [Read More…]

Homeschooling: A Fundamental Human Right?

A remarkable political asylum case has raised questions about whether the U.S. government should defend the right of families to homeschool.  The case concerns the Romeike family of Germany, where homeschooling is illegal, and where families who attempt to homeschool their children can face heavy fines and even have their children taken from them. An [Read More…]