Video: Is Ethics Part of Orthodoxy?

My latest Davenant Institute discussion with Brad Belschner has just gone online. On this one, we discuss whether ethics is a part of orthodoxy.

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Podcast: On Ethics and Technology with Michael Sacasas

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In our latest episode of Mere Fidelity, Matt and I discuss ethics and technology with our guest, Michael Sacasas, who writes on issues relating to technology over on his blog, The Frailest Thing. I have been a highly appreciative reader of Michael’s work for a number of years now. I am convinced that the question of technology is far and away one of the most important questions of our time, impacting on practically everything else. A failure to think critically about technology, for instance, is increasingly a failure to think critically about the way in which we arrive at our identities, the way we think and interact with others, and the forms of our societies and affiliations.

You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes on Soundcloud and on this page on my blog.

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Podcast: Augustine’s ‘Confessions’ Book 4

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The fourth episode of our ongoing discussion through Augustine’s Confessions has just gone online.

You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes on Soundcloud and on this page on my blog.

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Vote Durham

This is important, people.

You know what to do.

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Video: Is Biblicism Bad?

My latest Davenant Institute video has just gone online. This time, Brad Belschner and I are discussing what ‘biblicism’ is and whether it is bad. Take a look!

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Podcast: The Reformation, with Carl Trueman

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In honour of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, this week’s podcast was devoted to a discussion of its causes, its importance, and its legacy. For our discussion, the entire Mere Fidelity cast was joined by the wonderful Carl Trueman.

You can also follow the podcast on iTunes, or using this RSS feed. Listen to past episodes on Soundcloud and on this page on my blog.

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John Ruskin and the Illusion of Value

A post of mine on the subject of labour, money, and the question of value has just been posted over on The Kitchen Table. Within it, in conversation with Ruskin, Mill, and Marx, I discuss what value is and how our misperceptions of value radically and dangerously distort our society.

Our society is often described as a ‘materialistic’ society. However, we must recognize just how hostile our society is to matter in its notion of value, which both alienates value from matter and seeks to render all matter homogeneous and conformable to abstract value, power, and knowledge. Our society is built upon alienation, abstraction, and extraction from matter. We extract power, knowledge, and value from matter and abstract ourselves from its binding particularity. Matter is to be broken down and departicularized for the sake of our autonomous power. This is what defines reality for us today.

This hostility to the concreteness and particularity of matter isn’t just true in the case of money. It can also be seen in the way that we regard power as a homogeneous reality to be extracted and abstracted from the particularity of the material world. It can be seen in our modes of mass production and digital replication. It can be seen in our scientific posture towards reality that reduces reality to universal laws acting upon indistinguishable particles, purged of the particular or local meanings or qualities that render them salient to us. It can be seen in the way people are trained to be self-effaced, fungible, and optimized raw human material for labour. It can be seen in the way that the market steadily dissolves particularities of culture and persons to create homogenized markets. It can be seen in the way that the particularity of personal skill is replaced by universal abstract processes. It can be seen in the replacement of the deep wisdom that arises from lengthy enculturation with the study of detached technique.

Read the whole piece here.

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