Category Archives: Ethics

Reality Beyond Ourselves

I conclude the latest Theopolis Conversation on the subject of sexual identity in this piece. While O’Donovan’s primary critique in his treatment of the task of interpretation of homosexual desire is directed against those rejecting historic Christian sexual ethics, his … Continue reading

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Investigating Sexual Identity

I have written a piece to open the latest conversation, on the subject of sexual identity, over on the Theopolis website. There is a difference between a house and a home. A house is an architectural edifice, often one of … Continue reading

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Renewing Our Media Ecosystem

I’ve written an article in the latest Theopolis Conversation, in response to Jeffrey Bilbro’s superb opening essay. Each of the supposed negative freedoms we now enjoy have their threatening flipside. Freedom from isolation has brought a stiflingly dense sociality in … Continue reading

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The Virtues of Dominion

In response to Aaron Renn’s recent conversation starter over on the Theopolis blog, I’ve written on the subject of what is missing in many Christian approaches to masculinity. What the manosphere and others of the teachers that Renn identifies recognize … Continue reading

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The Christian Art of Dying Well

A piece of mine has just been posted over on the Theopolis Institute blog, in which I respond to Kimbell Kornu’s conversation-starting essay, The Nihilism of Modern Medicine. Modernity, however, lacks the capacity successfully to reckon either with life or with death. When life … Continue reading

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Wisdom and Folly in Christian Responses to Coronavirus

In observing Christian responses to the coronavirus, perhaps nothing has stood out to me so much as the way that it reveals fundamental habits of mind, either characteristic of wisdom or of folly. The wisdom literature is often rather neglected … Continue reading

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True Ritual Versus Hypocritical Religiosity

A piece of mine has just been published over on the Political Theology site: The temptation to put faith in religiosity, to employ religious ceremonies and rituals as akin to compensatory ‘moral offsets’ for our godless, oppressive, and unjust behavior … Continue reading

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Welcoming the Stranger: A Final Immigration Response

My final response in the Theopolis conversation on immigration has just been published here. We beware of treating the condition of the uprooted immigrant as paradigmatic. As Christians, who are committed to the universal value of Christ, we can easily … Continue reading

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True Hospitality and the Immigration Debate

The Theopolis blog is hosting another conversation, this time on the subject of the immigration debate. I was invited to kick this discussion off and my opening post has just been published. A neighbour-focused ethic is an ethic of love, … Continue reading

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The Rite of Circumcision: A Response to Dru Johnson

A piece of mine has just been published over on the Theopolis Institute’s website, in which I respond to an article by Dru Johnson. Johnson’s article argues for a close relationship between moral and ritual knowledge and I explore the … Continue reading

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