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Monthly Archives: December 2017
Alan Jacobs has a thought-provoking piece in The New Atlantis in which he explores some of the underlying dynamics of protests surrounding controversial speech on campus. You should read his piece before you read the rest of this post, which … Continue reading
Guy Debord, writing in the 1960s, analysed the supplanting of the active and directly lived life of society by the ‘spectacle’, with which members of society passively identify and which they consume. Debord made clear that the spectacle—the mediation of … Continue reading
As it is de rigueur for the active blogger and as is my own habit, I am ending the year with a retrospective. 2017 has been an odd year in many respects; looking back over it, it seems rather disjointed, … Continue reading
Merry Christmas to you all! A reflection of mine on the Christmas story has just been published on Political Theology Today. Luke’s account of the shepherds is the story of a wondrous and remarkable sign, reminiscent of the sign of … Continue reading
Progressive versus conservative evangelical spats are one of the very worst things about Twitter, which is really saying something. Such arguments illustrate just how poor a medium Twitter can be for productive conversation, not least on account of its tendency … Continue reading
“Cat Person”, a short story from the New Yorker, recently achieved viral status. Within it, Kristen Roupenian tells the tale of a brief yet ill-fated ‘relationship’ between Margot, a twenty-year-old college student and the story’s protagonist, and Robert, a man … Continue reading
In our final podcast of 2017, the entire cast is on the show to discuss the Virgin Birth. 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.
My latest Davenant Institute video has just been published. Within it, Brad Belschner and I discuss the question of whether the Church should set up an ecumenical council on the question of homosexuality.
A piece of mine has just been posted over on the Theopolis Institute’s blog. Within it, I argue that the story of the gospels is the story of two births, that the nativity narratives should be read in parallel with … Continue reading
Freddie deBoer describes a particular sort of unhealthy progressive politics as the ‘politics of deference’: I have personally taken to thinking of a particular kind of misguided progressive political engagement as the politics of deference — that is, the political theory that suggests … Continue reading