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“Here I Stand”: The Patristic Roots of the Reformation

Before Emperor Charles V at the Diet of Worms in April 1521, Martin Luther famously said, “Here I stand.” Or maybe he didn’t. We do know, however, that he said the following: Unless I am convicted by Scripture and plain reason–I do not accept the authority of popes and councils, for they have contradicted each […]

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Getting Over “Fall” Narratives

So back in February, Peter Leithart responded to my response on his essay on Protestants and writing. I meant to respond again, but never did. It’s probably good though, because the conversation needs to be bigger than just any one article– and certainly bigger than personalities. I really did think his original essay shined a […]

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A Mirror of Modernity: How Should Christians Respond to Pro-Choice Logic?

It is not surprising that the conservative reaction to the recent Planned Parenthood scandal has been varied. Some are hopeful that these videos will have substantive effects. Others are more cynical. In either case, the footage is iconic– making plain what technocratic medical-speak really sounds like behind closed doors. One could reduce “It’s a baby” […]

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True Truth: Francis Schaeffer’s Enduring Legacy

One of the men the regular contributors to this forum hold in high regard is Dr Francis Schaeffer. Much misunderstood by both followers and critics, and misjudged too often for his mistakes of detail, he was a prophet whose work is in many respects yet to be fully understood and rightly received. We are pleased […]

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Japan’s Virtual Love

Here’s at least one reason that Japanese men don’t feel the need to get real girlfriends. This is not a different explanation from the one we posted on yesterday, but rather an offshoot from it. If Japan’s society makes marriage and relationships both difficult and superfluous, then of course something like a virtual substitute will […]

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Modernity as Sexlessness

The Guardian has a downright amazing even if uncomfortable article on the disappearance of sex in Japan. Several explanations are given for why younger people are choosing to remain single, but a few center around the current social economy. Some argue that the modern world makes sex and, particularly, meaningful personal relationships, just too difficult: […]

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Modernity as Limitedness

Though there’s so much more to be said, unpacked, nuanced, and qualified, this post still gets at something very important about what is often called “modernity.” Without glibly embracing the total package, mature Christian thinkers still ought to be grateful for much of what falls under the heading of “modernity,” and here’s why: Once this has […]

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They Reified it Again!?

In his The New Republic review of Eric Nelson’s compelling The Hebrew Republic, Nathan Perl-Rosenthal contrasts Nelson’s narrative of modernity with that of Jonathan Israel, who prioritizes the secularizing trend of Spinoza’s philosophy through the oft-called “Radical Enlightenment” into the present. He writes: The Hebrew Republic boldly claims that the secularism-as-modernism narrative is incomplete at […]

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Foundations of Salafism

Professor Brian J. Auten has posted a very helpful explanation of Salafi Islam, as well as its peculiar jihadist manifestation. Towards the end, he even gives a “translation” guide, offering loose Christian analogues for Salafi principles to aid the reader. One ought to sharply distinguish between traditional Islam and extremist Salafism, but Dr. Auten’s map is […]

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The Unintended Concession: Carl Trueman’s Response to THE UNINTENDED REFORMATION

We had it in mind to review Brad Gregory’s The Unintended Reformation, but Carl Trueman has already done an excellent job of it here. This was preceded by a post where he considers in a more technical fashion the history of the ideas in metaphysics, namely analogy and univocity of being, which Dr Gregory seems […]