Category Archives: Faith & Ideology

An anniversary and a testimonial

Today is the 52nd anniversary of my high school graduation. It might sound odd to remember that, but high school was formative for me because, almost impetuously, my parents and I agreed that I should go to a Christian (specifically … Continue reading

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James Carroll’s faerie tale

  Christianity was very different at the beginning. The first reference to the Jesus movement in a nonbiblical source comes from the Jewish Roman historian Flavius Josephus, writing around the same time that the Gospels were taking form. Josephus described … Continue reading

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French scores a TKO

Sohrab Amari (Trumpist) picked a stupid fight with David French (Never Trumpist). The gist of [Sohrab] Ahmari’s argument is this: [David] French is a classical liberal, who argues in terms suited to classical liberalism. But classical liberalism is a dead … Continue reading

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Bridging, not widening

We Orthodox Christians hear again and again our our services that God is good and loves mankind. But doesn’t every Christian group believe that? I very much doubt that they believe it in the same way — the way illustrated … Continue reading

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Making it up on our own

Over the Christmas holiday 1969-70, I attended Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship’s “Urbana 70” Missionary Conference, along with, as I recall, 10,000 or so other young people. Two episodes at the conference stood out in my memory these 50 years later. One … Continue reading

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All about Christ

When I was in high school, street preachers told me: “The Bible is the word of God. Jesus is the Son of God. And if you accept him as your personal savior, your salvation is 100 percent assured.” It felt … Continue reading

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What do you want?

One Kevin Brown, guest writing at Mere Orthodoxy, asks “Would Alt-Right Christians Like Heaven?.” Transposed out of a political key, it’s a worthy question for everyone to ask: “Putting aside childish ideas of heaven as endless candy, ice cream and … Continue reading

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Rachel Held Evans, R.I.P.

  “When I left church at age 29, full of doubt and disillusionment,” she wrote in that piece, “I wasn’t looking for a better-produced Christianity. I was looking for a truer Christianity, a more authentic Christianity.” Elizabeth Dias and Sam … Continue reading

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“I am a man of European ancestry ….”

I wondered whether John Earnest really was a white nationalist, white supremacist or one of those weird birds, so I Duck-Duck Go’ed for his actual letter explaining his actions. Because it has been put under the ban of respectable society, … Continue reading

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Evangelical and anti-semitic

I learned from George Yancey Tuesday or Wednesday that the murderer at the Chabad of Poway synagogue was the exception that tests the rule: a Church-going Evangelical who commits an ideology-driven crime. For decades, the commentariat has blamed conservative Christians … Continue reading

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