A Constitution for our Commonwealths in Miniature The family as a resistance cell Rod Dreher’s book The Benedict Option, as well as his follow up Live Not By Lies, focuses on the necessary steps Christian believers must take to prepare for the trials that are quickly coming their way. There appear to be dark days […]
By recovering our own tradition we will be able to learn how, why, and where we can partner with others in broad coalitions to advance laws for the common good of all Americans. We will find the resources to resist a vision of secular social justice which, divorced from God, necessarily devolves into idolatrous tyranny and oppression.
If you were asked to compile a list of Christian virtues, I suspect that rather far down on that list (or perhaps absent altogether) would be the virtue of shrewdness. I further suspect this is because shrewdness is often conflated with a kind of sly dishonesty and is therefore thought unable to bear the Christian name.
Many who witnessed the advent of the modern American railroad in the nineteenth century regarded that monument to human industry and mobility as the great unifier. The passenger train reflected to the American people an image of their own intrepidness and, by transporting them across a vast network of once-inaccessible locales, beckoned them to revive […]
A Short (Legal) History A recent symposium in the Roger Williams University Law Review centered on a perennial question that has lately resurfaced, namely, whether America is, in any sense, a Christian nation. One can assume that the rise of so-called “Christian nationalism”—always to be presented in scare quotes—serves as the impetus for this print […]
It was not just that the Pilgrims who came to our shores were too poor to afford the glitz and glamor of a contemporary popular culture which passes as truly “American” today, but rather that the Pilgrims came to America to establish an agrarian and even pastoral existence which would be purified of Europe’s mercantilism. Their more localized view of property ownership and subsidiarity flies in the face of both modern consumeristic trends and socialistic humanitarianism.
Recently, I had the opportunity to speak at a joint Davenant Institute/American Reformer panel discussion on the theme, “Does Christian America Have a Future?” Before answering such a bold question, other questions perhaps are in order. “Should Christian America have a future?” for instance. Or even more basically, “What might it mean to speak of […]
When “Christian nationalism” and “white Evangelical” are increasingly nothing more than imprecise and vaporous taxonomies it’s important to not concede certain rhetorical anathemas to what is actually contemporary political partisanship disguised as scholarship.
Whether they be theological seminaries, liberal arts colleges, or research universities, institutions of higher education have a telos apart from the public square which involves recognizing revealed truth, not merely pursuing it.
Historically rooted church bodies with advantages of material and social infrastructure, a culture of commitment to the church, and generations of survival without loss of identity will have the opportunity to thrive in the new America.
Pagan and barbarian cultures had no problem with contraception and abortion. Christians always maintained strict prohibitions against such practices. This “Christ-against-culture” model reflected the Christian duty to “be fruitful and multiply” and respected the created order where sex, procreation, and marriage are bound intimately in one institution of holy matrimony. It also did something to […]
For several years now, I’ve heard evangelicals denounce the “mixing of faith and politics.” This juxtaposition has always frustrated me because it fails to make important distinctions and it offers a useful rhetorical device for secularist opponents to undermine Christian political action. In this article, I hope to provide concise and precise clarity on how faith and grace might relate to and “mix” with politics.
Christian blacks and whites must reject the heterodoxy, heteropraxy, and pharisaical nature of antiracism. It doesn’t bring healing, nor can it be synthesized with Christianity. It’s a false religion that distracts Christians from that which has the power to change minds, hearts, and systems—the redemptive covenant of Jesus Christ.
Sad to say, but American higher education is littered with once-venerable Christian colleges and universities that have succumbed to the spirit of the age. If any school were immune to this trend, one would think it would be Grove City College, an institution not only grounded in Biblical orthodoxy and the conservative intellectual tradition but also with a history of vigorously defending its mission and identity.
Why I Hate August” remains up on the The Gospel Coalition site and Copeland is still listed as a TGC Council Member. In fact, TGC appears to be between a rock and a hard place. They really have three options: they can remove the article without comment, remove it with a retraction, or keep it up. All three options have their costs.
The New Right really does have a coherent critique of the current economic, cultural, and political establishment. And it really does have a coherent agenda for a new economic, cultural, and political establishment that would promote the national good and renew the traditions that used to anchor it.
Why we must offer a counter-narrative of hope to those who interpret all of history through the lens of resentment.
Evangelical Protestants must recover the rich heritage of Protestant political thought and learn to apply it creatively today. Writing off politics as unspiritual simply won’t do. Nor will delegating all serious political reflection and engagement to non-Protestants.
The Enlightenment political project, for all its considerable merits, was doomed from the start as it built itself on an ultimately unstable foundation of metaphysically truncated, morally thin, autonomous individualism. This raises the question, however: has liberalism had its day or can it be reconstituted on more soundly Biblical grounds?
Men make war. That is the awful reality that exists in our fallen world. Abel is dead and Cain still lives. We have not yet beaten our swords into plowshares and our spears into pruning hooks. But it is also true that war has made men. Good men. Noble men. Honorable men. Men of whom the world is not worthy. Such men are gracious gifts given in order to make the rest of us better men.
Evangelicals are the largest and most loyal voting block within the Republican coalition. Yet within the intellectual or institutional leadership core of conservatism, they are second class citizens. There are few prominent evangelical thought leaders in political conservatism. There are no evangelicals on the Supreme Court, and only one evangelical leading the top conservative think […]
If critics of Protestantism are to be believed, Reformation Day is a day to lament: Patrick Deneen blames Protestantism for Enlightenment liberalism; Ralph Hancock charges Calvin with rationalism; Catholic intellectuals Hilaire Belloc and Brad Gregory blame the Reformation for destroying Western civilization. So serious and existential are these charges that going “home to Rome” is, for some converts, the ultimate act of […]
Towards a New Theological Consensus With increasing frequency throughout many sectors of American culture, use of “evangelical” in social discourse is now an epithet. It is no longer just a foreign term to some, but a derisive label to many. Not only is its invocation used by those who wish to reject evangelical belief outright, […]
Almost two years into a worldwide pandemic, amidst at least a decade of bitter partisanship in society, and increased confrontations over race and what to do about it, the American evangelical church is extremely divided. While Christians work hard to stay unified and respect each others’ consciences throughout the turmoil, the lack of any Christian […]
Around the Web with American Reformer Last week we took a look at the debates over whether the elites in charge of evangelical colleges, seminaries, and other institutions, in their desire to gain a hearing in the world, have compromised key Christian convictions in the process. This week we dive into a related topic making […]
Part I: The Great Unravelling Introduction Modern liberalism, that bold experiment in human freedom and popular self-government, has faced some difficult challenges, but none like it is facing today. It fended off fascists and communists throughout the twentieth century, but it appears now to be unravelling according to its own principles – the primacy of […]
Conservatives are currently playing defense in American society. Draconian COVID-19 lockdowns, an overzealous justice system taking political prisoners, multinational corporations and the CIA forcing a woke alphabet of nonsensical drivel down our throats — the list goes on. To use some Twitter lexicon: Conservatives are down bad. As has been historically wont to happen when […]
Around the Web with American Reformer This article marks the beginning of a regular series at American Reformer linking to, and sometimes briefly commenting on, writings and events of significance from around the web. The editors of American Reformer see these articles as promoting ideas we think are important or as drawing attention to important […]
There are still many realists in America, but can we join forces? In a recent interview with Brian Stelter on CNN Bari Weiss voiced the concerns of many: When we’re not allowed to acknowledge that rioting is bad and that silence is not violence, the world has gone mad. When, in name of progress, children […]
Christianity Belongs at the City Gates, Not the Margins American evangelicals find themselves wrestling with two realities: they make up a sizeable portion of the American population, but it is a share of the population in overall decline (if polling is accurate). As this reality settles in, there will be a temptation to adopt what […]
*Editor’s note: this article is the third in a series of three. See Part I and Part II here. In the first installment of this series, I offered a biblical and rational defense of the good of nationalism, understood as a principled commitment to the good of nation-states as a form of political organization that […]
On Tuesday, Francis Collins announced he is resigning from the National Institutes of Health. Collins has long been celebrated by evangelical influencers, and upon his departure those praising him included Russell Moore, Tim Keller, and David French. The well-credentialed evangelicals who populate urban churches like Keller’s have been taught to aspire to a “faithful presence” […]
What might an evangelical academy look like that refused this embarrassment reflex, that declined to allow its theological core to be subordinated to the social-science canon?
How did we get to the point in our society where it seems entirely normal to a large segment of the population that a man can become a woman, and a woman a man? This is the question Carl Trueman opens with in his much discussed new book The Rise and Triumph of the Modern Self: […]
Men complain the church has been ‘feminized,’ pointing to the prevailing idea that a good Christian man is essentially an unmanly ‘nice guy.’ Peterson attracts young men because he flips this model on its head: being good will probably make you less ‘safe.’
In part 1 of this article, I argued that a temperament of “Christian passivity” is a problem in the contemporary church. In part II, I argue that the Bible warns us against sins of passivity and calls us to boldness. I also offer some suggestions for promoting a Christian culture that can cultivate the virtue […]
How accurate are the parallels Rod Dreher draws between the Soviet Union and America today?
A young woman had been through a series of abusive, manipulative relationships in which she was consistently shamed and controlled. Finally, she met a man who was kind, generous, and compassionate. They began a committed relationship and loved each other deeply. The young woman knew the man wanted to marry her, but she wasn’t ready […]
Drinking deeply from the well of the Old Testament, first English and Dutch Protestants, and then others throughout Europe, began to discern in the experience of the nation of Israel a model for their own experiences as particular nations, forged from many tribes in response to common enemies and in obedience to common laws, and covenanted before God to pursue justice and righteousness.
The belief that boldness is for God alone is radically unbiblical. Now more than ever, it is time to cast it aside.
In the past eighteen months of the Covid pandemic crisis, there has been a great deal of attention on how to control the governed—keep them inside, keep them separated, keep them masked, get them vaccinated—but relatively little on restraining the inevitable abuse or ill-advised use of that control.
How scientism conflicts with science by stifling debate, citing expert credentials to demand unquestioning acceptance, and uses the power of science to advance political agendas.
Theodore Roosevelt is said to have once quipped: “Weasel words from mollycoddles will never do when the day demands prophetic clarity from great hearts. Manly men must emerge for this hour of trial.”
In this article Editor-in-Chief Ben Dunson introduces American Reformer.
A new strategy is needed for Christians to cope in a world where Christianity is viewed as a social negative.
Kevin DeYoung critiques the proposal for racial reparations made by Duke Kwon and Greg Thompson in their new book Reparations: A Call for Repentance and Renewal.
Nationalism, despite its dangers, remains the best political philosophy available to Christians.
Ideologues always overreach. While feminism, liberalism, and sexual liberation are the most prominent contenders against the family today, they are doomed to fail because of the limits Nature imposes.
Former Mumford and Sons band member Winston Marshal stands for his convictions against the radical left.