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Natural Law in Clement of Rome

Written by the associate of the apostle Paul, Clement to Corinth focuses largely on trying to restore order to a church suffering from disharmony. Along the way, Clement makes what is essentially an appeal to natural law: 19. Accordingly, the humility and subordination of so many and such great men of renown have, through their […]

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Peter Leithart On Cultural Conservatism

Dr. Leithart has a piece up at First Things echoing thoughts TCI has been expressing frequently as of late: Raising such questions, and invoking Berry, presents a spectrum of issues that many cultural conservatives prefer to dodge. The most penetrating conservative analysts of family life, such as Allan Carlson, have always recognized the cultural contradictions […]

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Dallas Willard: Requiescat in pace

Dr. Dallas Willard, a Christian philosopher beloved by many for his writings on spirituality, passed on to glory today. My debt to him is very great, precisely because of those writings, and so, as a small sign of my gratitude for his work, I thought I might reflect briefly on the intellectual project his life […]

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On Vulgar Libertarianism

The Center for a Stateless Society, a self-proclaimed “Left Wing Anarchist Think Tank & Media Center,” quotes writer Kevin Carson on what is dubbed “conflationism” or “vulgar libertarianism”: Vulgar libertarian apologists for capitalism use the term “free market” in an equivocal sense: they seem to have trouble remembering, from one moment to the next, whether they’re […]

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Zanchi On What Natural Law Teaches

What does natural law teach? There are many ways to summarize the answer. In his detailed discussion of the matter, Girolamo Zanchi states: The most important things that the law teaches and commands, however, are that all should get what they deserve and serve whom they should serve, both God and human beings. (2) A little […]

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A New Star in the Protestant Firmament

Alister McGrath writes in his survey of the history of Protestantism, Christianity’s Dangerous Idea, 90–91: [John Calvin’s] rise to prominence began in September 1536. The city of Lausanne was debating whether to follow Geneva and accept the principles of the Reformation. Farel and Viret traveled to Lausanne, bringing Calvin with them, to take part in the […]

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First Things First: No Trespassing

John Médaille writes in a Facebook comment: First Things is conservative in the abstract but liberal in application. The quintessential First Things view is an article they ran title[d] “Waiting for St. V[la]dimir” (as in Vladimir Lenin), which was an ignorant and gratuitous attack on Alasdair MacIntyre. The author’s objection was th[at] MacIntyre attacked capitalism, which […]

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Irenaeus and Images

A brief addendum to Steven’s previous note: Irenaeus mentions the use the Carpocratian gnostics put to images in his day: Others of them employ outward marks, branding their disciples inside the lobe of the right ear. From among these also arose Marcellina, who came to Rome under [the episcopate of] Anicetus, and holding these doctrines, […]

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Is N. T. Wright a Threat to Classical Protestantism?

Some time this year Dr. N. T. Wright’s long-awaited fourth big book will be out. No doubt its eventual release will provide fodder for scores of blog posts and comments, along with, of course, published reviews, and responses in other books. At present, though, there are no particular Dr. Wright controversies in the blogosphere, so […]

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Our Politeuma in Heaven

… as Wright explains, Paul was mounting a polemic against the imperial ideology, affirming that Jesus, not Caesar, is “Lord” and “Savior,” both prominent terms in imperial propaganda. Paul’s claim that Christians are citizens of a heavenly politeuma further indicates that the Philippian Christians are to consider themselves a colony of heaven more than as […]