December 2, 2019

Research from Barna on the general public’s perception of evangelicals shows that 25% of Americans just don’t like evangelicals–not so much because of their politics but because they are “too pushy with their beliefs.” Read more

November 29, 2019

On the day after Thanksgiving, shoppers plunge into “Black Friday,” the decorations go up, and the Christmas frenzy begins.  Yes, we decry the commercialization of Christmas.  But don’t you still enjoy the Christmas hooplah? A writer says that the trappings of Christmas communicate a feeling that we need. Read more

November 28, 2019

On Thanksgiving we express gratitude for our material belongings, for our family, for our country.  Before the feast, we thank God for this food and the hands that prepared it.  That is to say, Thanksgiving is about vocation. A meditation on a quote from Luther on how God works through human beings to give us His gifts. Read more

November 27, 2019

Christianity has brought much good to the world, but the church also has much to answer for. Critics of Christianity often fixate on the evils committed by Christians. Natasha Moore says that the best response to such criticisms is to own up to those evils in a spirit of Christian repentance. Read more

November 26, 2019

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-MO, is also a Christian cultural critic. In a recent speech, he develops the notion of a “Promethean self,” which manifests itself in our cultural, political, and governmental problems. Against this, he proposes a politics of community and vocation. Read more

November 25, 2019

Americans increasingly have stopped going out, choosing to just stay home, preferably by themselves.  This is true especially of Millennial young adults, who have turned solitude into a fashion trend. Read more

November 22, 2019

Marriage is a sacred covenant, but it is also a secular contract. Though some say the government should get out of the marriage business, the state has an important interest in protecting its social foundation. Yet, according to Jonathan Lange, the government has essentially stopped enforcing the marriage contract, with disastrous consequences. Read more

November 21, 2019

We are the sum of our experiences throughout our lives, and our memories continue to shape us. Some researchers are trying to find a way to erase bad memories from the mind.  What would that do to us, if we could delete any memory of painful experiences? Read more

November 20, 2019

Anti-Natalism began as a movement to stop having children for environmentalist reasons.  But now some anti-natalists are going further, saying that being alive is itself a bad thing. Since all life involves suffering, to have children–who are born without their consent–is to harm them and is therefore immoral. Since animals too suffer, it is better for human beings and all life to become extinct. Read more

November 19, 2019

Democrats hope to pay for the new social programs they are proposing by increasing taxes on the wealthy. But, as Jonah Goldberg points out, groups that the government depends on the most for funding acquire the most political power. Political scientists call this the “resource curse.” And since the top 1% in income pay 40% of the taxes, they already have an inordinate influence in our democracy. Read more

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