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“Traversing the Middle” at Syndicate

My contribution to an online panel discussion of Dr Gavin Hyman’s Traversing the Middle is up at Syndicate Theology; I recommend giving Dr Joshua Davis’ very shrewd engagement with it a close reading too, and then keeping an eye on ensuing conversation.

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Church or Word? Healy on Hauerwas

Dr John Webster reviews Dr Nicholas Healy’s Hauerwas: A (Very) Critical Introduction here, and finds that church-centered postliberalism might just be the same old man-centered liberalism after all: A final note: Is it really Schleiermacher who is Hauerwas’s progenitor? Might not a better candidate be the great, and neglected, Albrecht Ritschl, surely the theologian of liberal Protestant […]

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Locke the Protestant Scholastic

Much ink is still spilled over whether Locke is the father of individualist Liberalism, and though much evidence has been entered to the contrary, the view persists especially among Papalist writers, for whom such an opinion is convenient because corroborative of their theories about the effects of Protestantism. Dr John D. Mueller, whose work we’ve […]

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Hobby Lobby and Public Religion

Justin Tse offers some very astute observations on the Supreme Court decision here. By specifying that the decision only applies to “closely held” corporations, the Court attempts to restrict its judgement to the narrow border of public and private; but this case, above and beyond the particulars of the suit,  reveals that this distinction is coming […]

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The Roots of Modern Medicine

The Rev Wes Baker, a missionary in Peru, posts this very useful essay on the roots of modern medicine. I differ with his ecclesiological suppositions (he too much identifies the church with the ministerium, and does not see the civil magistracy as itself a diaconal order in certain respects, whereas the old rites of coronation […]

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Relatively Speaking

Dr James Anderson reviews Dr James KA Smith’s Who’s Afraid of Relativism? here. 

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The Nature and Future of Protestantism

A month after the Future of Protestantism discussion at Biola, I think it is fair to say that by all accounts it was a great success. I am honored to have been part of it. The discussion was very well attended— the chapel was packed, in fact, and thousands watched the live stream— but most […]

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Dr Ballor on The End of Power

Dr Ballor reviews Moises Naim’s The End of Power, and finds that power, like history, is actually nowhere near its end.

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The Broken Mirror of the Modern Self

My friend Pater Edmund of the Abbey of Heiligenkreuz has jotted down some brilliant reflections on what he takes to be the correlative decline of the novel and  the modern (“novel”) self at his journal Sancrucensis.

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No Wonder They’re Secularist

A Spanish court will hear objections to the Interior Minister’s granting of a medal of civic honor to a statue of the Virgin Mary for maintaining “close collaboration with the police.” Opponents of the move say that the statue hasn’t met the minimum requirements.