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Benedictine or Muscovite?

Just after our post on The Benedict Option yesterday, Noah Millman posted a friendly, but nevertheless formidable, critique of it over at The American Conservative. His point is quite simple– To really do what it sounds like The Benedict Option wants to do, you need a religion other than Christianity. And if The Benedict Option means […]

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Archive Nota Bene Reformed Irenicism Sacred Doctrine Steven Wedgeworth

A Quick Observation On The Federal Vision

As the title indicates, more will need to be said, but the thoughts seem to warrant a note, even if it is something like a sticky note with a “To Do” list on it. The recent post on Ursinus is obviously relevant, but so are the older observations on Martin Luther, particularly his view of […]

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You and Me and Van Til

Pastor Wilson has a helpful post here explaining his own relationship with Van Til, and I thought that, given my distant and recent past, I should do something of the same. Of course, I am a far less significant figure than Pastor Wilson, and my own pilgrimage shouldn’t be seen as all that important in the […]

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C. S. Lewis at Desiring God

The most recent Desiring God conference was dedicated to C. S. Lewis. Among the presenters were John Piper, Douglas Wilson, and Kevin Vanhoozer. The audio is all online here. Video is here.

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Why Arguments Against Gay Marriage Are Usually Bad

In a recent post, Peter Leithart reflects upon the debate between Douglas Wilson and Andrew Sullivan on same-sex marriage. Observing the increasing inability of Christian arguments to gain purchase upon the public’s imagination, he wonders how arguments against same-sex marriage might become persuasive again. His conclusion is far from sanguine: without a recovery of Christian imagination, […]

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Archive Civic Polity Steven Wedgeworth

A Little Bit of Natural Law

Douglas Wilson adds some helpful thoughts to the discussion of natural law. They intersect nicely with our recent offering on the topic. The point of natural law is not to set up a rationalistic set of assumptions, nor necessarily to “find common ground” with others, though it should be able to do that. The point is to establish […]

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Taming the Shrewd? On Polemical Rights and Rhetorical Wrongs

Recently some of our friends and associates got into a minor dust-up over women bishops, intellectual empathy, and the overall posture which conservatives ought to take towards middling-to-liberal evangelicals in their midst. We think there’s something to all of this, but first a little bit of a summary of the events which lead into it.

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Archive Civic Polity Peter Escalante

Hart-ers Gonna Hart

Yet more murmurings from Fogey Life, despite the question having long since been settled. Why exactly Darryl Hart feels compelled to flail at a straw-man version of Christendom is at this point a mystery known only to God. But it’s worth making a few points by way of reply, for the sake of those who […]

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Hooker in the Bedroom? Law, Liberty, and Things Indifferent

Reformed evangelical pastor Mark Driscoll recently sent shockwaves through the evangelical world with the publication of his book Real Marriage.  Of course, sending shockwaves is what Driscoll does best, and most often, the scandals have something to do with unapologetic exaltation of masculinity and politically incorrect pronouncements on gender roles—he’s too much of a fundamentalist, […]

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Archive Civic Polity Ecclesiastical Polity Steven Wedgeworth

Hooker and Shakespeare

Douglas Wilson has written an imaginative article on the “real Shakespeare” (see pgs 6-19).  Adopting the Oxfordian theory of Shakespearian authorship, and particularly that of Mark Anderson, Wilson advances the claim that Shakespeare was a Puritan by examining relationships between Edward de Vere and the Martin Marprelate tracts.  Wilson sees a similar satirical wit in “Shakespeare” and Marprelate, […]