Atheism Is Not Endearing

While looking for something else, I stumbled across this quote from the actor/atheist Hugh Laurie. I find my atheism is becoming more marked with each passing year. I once prided myself on a relaxed and respectful attitude to other people’s beliefs, but I’m finding it harder to keep that up. I might find myself taking […]

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Did Gandalf Rescue Evangelicals?

Yesterday afternoon I was watching the live stream of the 2016 ERLC National Conference. Specifically, I tuned into a panel that discussed how evangelicals could engage with art in a gospel-centered way. In the course of the conversation, one of the panelists, Alissa Wilkinson (a film critic that you should read), remarked that, in her […]

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Pandering to Millennials

My friend and Mere Orthodoxy editor Jake Meador linked to this blog post on Twitter, and the following couple of paragraphs are too good to not share: The other day I read another of those articles that irritate me. The ones about how the church is failing millenials (sic) by being terribly outdated, and how […]

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Keep Teenagers Weird

A couple years ago, Jan Hoffman wrote a piece for The New York Times on the disparity in quality of life between adults who were “cool kids” in middle and high school, and the adults who spent those same years in obscurity or unpopularity. “Cool at 13, Adrift at 23” cited a study which reported on a group […]

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The Slough of Internet Despond

The latest nominee for Tweet of the Year comes from professor James K.A. Smith: The world is only coming to an end on the Internet. When you actually, you know, talk to people, good things endure. — James K.A. Smith (@james_ka_smith) August 13, 2016 I am endlessly perplexed by people who say–and there are many […]

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The Worst President Ever

A president with wrong ideas is not a good president. But a president with wrong motivations would be the worst president imaginable. Too often we think of politicians and rulers as fundamentally different types of people than the rest of us. It’s an understandable misconception, given that our ruling class is overwhelmingly technocratic and elite. […]

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