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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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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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The Gilbert and Sullivan Mass

The stupidity of one’s own era isn’t always apparent as such, so Lutheran Satire has helpfully dressed some modern follies in Victorian costume in order to offer a bit of useful perspective.

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Justin Taylor on the Natural Law

Justin Taylor offers a very brief but very fine summary and defense of traditional natural law teaching here.

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Challies’ Timeline of New Calvinism

Tim Challies offers an interesting schema of the recent rise of a sort of Calvinism in American evangelical Christendom. Just what sort of Calvinism the New Calvinism is has been briefly considered here.

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Defending Fundamentalism

Michael Brendan Dougherty skewers with precision here the pretensions of Christians who like to claim that Ken Ham and those who agree with him are members of new and different religious species than they are.  It is the other way around; eye-rolling at “fundamentalism” is a mutation acquired adaptively in the environment of disbelief. But […]

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Christ and Culture

Benjamin Mann, a postulant monk of Rome’s Eastern Rite, offers here some wise and much needed words of rebuke to anyone who would make the Gospel simply a tool of civic reform. As he says, it is not Christians who are counter-cultural, it is rather Christ Himself who stands over and above all human affairs, […]

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The Blessing of Japheth: A Response to James B. Jordan

As our readers know, our task from the beginning has been a return to, and a critical retrieval of, the classic Protestant tradition.  As we say, it arose out of recent ferment in the Reformed world; our goal was to make the “Reformed catholicity” movement both really Reformed and really catholic. Our position from the […]

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“Then We’ll Have To Abort Morality”

“Then we’ll have to abort morality…and everything that limits our freedom”. This, from opponents of Spain’s new law curtailing abortion. At least the principles at play are clear.

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Jake Meador on Millenials and the Lost Magisterial Middle

Jake Meador of Mere Orthodoxy offers some trenchant considerations here on the small trend of young Millenials (usually very cerebral or “young fogey” evangelicals) joining unreformed churches; he shrewdly notes that what’s missing in all this is the lost Magisterial Protestant center. Our own Dr Hutchinson has insightfully addressed this same matter here.