About Ben Bartlett

Ben Bartlett lives in Louisville, Ky., with his wife and two terrific kids. His degree is in Political Theory and Constitutional Democracy from Michigan State University, and he has a bunch of education from a bunch of other places with nothing official to show for it. He has taught high school speech and debate, worked for a congressman in Washington DC, and worked in the health and energy industries. He is interested in how pop culture, history, politics, and theology interact with the inner and community lives of individuals... which is weird because he now works as a business analyst. Few things make him happier than reading, discussing, and recommending books.

Manliness Reconsidered

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To give you a taste of the kind of content found in each issue of Christ and Pop Culture Magazine, each day for the next two weeks, we’ll be counting down our ten favorite features from the magazine in 2013, allowing you the rare opportunity to read each exclusive magazine feature in full. For more features like this, download the magazine for iPad and iPhone from Apple’s Newstand.Number 8: Amongst fervent evangelical debate about "manliness," Ben Bartlett offers a measured and biblical look … [Read more...]

Love Your Neighbor As Your Opponent: Why the Government Shuts Down When We Shut Each Other Out

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Perhaps you have seen or experienced the fights that occur when two people stop actively loving each other, and instead justify themselves above any other priority. It happens like this. She comments on her day and asks a simple question. He gives a well-intentioned but thoughtlessly hurtful answer. It's not the first time. She responds in anger. He becomes indignant over her anger. She can't believe he is indignant. He can't stand how she ignores his explanations. Neither one can believe they … [Read more...]

Is It Time to Forgive Lance Armstrong?

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 Is Lance’s confession more than the damage control of a still self-obsessed Machiavellian? I know a man who lies. When he was young, the lies were simply self-serving. He wanted something, and manipulating the generosity and trust of others got it for him. As he aged, and as trust eroded in his natural social circles, the lies expanded. He sought attention and appreciation, and had only one tool that could get it. Eventually, the chickens came home to roost.Today, he has little contact wi … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: Obama’s Gun Initiative and the NRA’s Cold, Dead Hands

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"As the resident gun-toting redneck sort, I feel certain that I will add something worthwhile to this conversation." Every Friday in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (Christ and Pop Culture writer who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (Christ and Pop Culture editor-in-chief, and a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being b … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: Fiscal Cliff Diving and the Loss of 50 Precious Dollars a Month

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"Your loss of $7 beers might prevent a senior citizen’s benefits from being cut. Kinda calls into question the morality of being against ALL tax raises, doesn’t it?" Every Friday in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (Christ and Pop Culture writer who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (Christ and Pop Culture editor-in-chief, and a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: Making the Fiscal Cliff Fun!!

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Every Friday (and this Wednesday) in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (Christ and Pop Culture writer who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (Christ and Pop Culture editor-in-chief, and a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being bros. Ben: Rich, I realize your career is taking off… editing websites, writing fantastic artic … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: The Petraeus Disappointment and The Divided States of America

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Every Friday (and this Wednesday) in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being bros.  Richard: Ben, the week after the election was supposed to be slow and boring!Ben: You’re not kidding… and in a similar vein, the military is supposed to be non-poli … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: Obama the Winner, Romney the Loser, Richard the Hypocrite, Ben the Cynic

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"If I have any hope, it’s hope that Obama wants to be known as someone who can unite people and solve big problems." Every Friday (and this Wednesday) in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being bros. It's a special early-in-the-week edition of Civi … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: The Voting Mandate

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Every Friday in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being bros. Ben: I've got to say, I was surprised by the reaction to Nick’s article. I thought it was incredibly gracious and helpful; exactly the sort of thing we want to encourage in terms of tone … [Read more...]

Civil Discussion: Foreign Policy, Finality, and FASHION!!!

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"These days if the other guy ties his shoe with a bow, you have to act shocked and then extol the virtues of the double knot."Every Friday in Civil Discussion, Ben Bartlett (who majored in Political Theory) and Richard Clark (a political spectator who is friends with a guy who majored in Political Theory) discuss political events as they happen over email, hashing out the meaning and manipulations behind them. Also just being bros. Special Note: This week, in order to keep from boring eac … [Read more...]


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