June 15, 2022

Christian reflection on war has long been governed by "Just WarTheory," but that concept is being questioned today. Luther offers a different framework. For him, "Whoever starts a war is in the wrong." But countries defending themselves are "wars of necessity."

June 14, 2022

The Southern Baptist resource provider Lifeway has done a survey of how the general public perceives the various denominational labels. What they found about the reputation of Lutherans.

June 13, 2022

Peggy Noonan coins the term "high IQ stupid" for the syndrome of highly-educated people who are oriented to the theoretical and abstract even at the expense of concrete reality.

June 10, 2022

Bill Bishop, who has studied the social dimension of politics, says that beginning with George W. Bush and continuing with Barack Obama, politicians have been emulating the way megachurches attract people:

June 10, 2022

Some say we are in a new golden age of television, as streaming technology makes available a host of programs for every taste. So what shows have you enjoyed that might also appeal to your fellow Cranach subscribers?

June 9, 2022

Americans increasingly only live near and interact with people similar to themselves. This contributes to our polarization. But Bill Bishop, who has chronicled this phenomenon, has found that living in a small town provides for a more healthy experience of true diversity.

June 8, 2022

What is a citizen?  A rational, self-governing individual, so that the political task consists largely of debate and persuasion?  Or a potential victim whom the government must protect from harm by imposing controls?

June 7, 2022

British novelist Paul Kingsnorth has written "an essay-length account of my journey from atheism to Orthodox Christianity, via Buddhism, witchcraft and other strange twists." In doing so, he shows how Christianity can still be compelling to a "spiritual but not religious" secularist.

June 6, 2022

In a penetrating critique of contemporary culture, the novelist Paul Kingsnorth argues that the Christian influence on civilization is giving way to its opposite, with catastrophic results.

June 3, 2022

Sunday is Pentecost, following close upon Ascension Day last Thursday.  Both mark extraordinarily important events for Christians, but both seem to have fallen in some neglect. Why is that?

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