In Search of the Next Revival?

American evangelical history has been, it seems largely, driven by revival events. Whether Wesleyan, Moody, fundamentalist, or the Jesus movement, it seems that our culture has run on a roughly 40-year cycle of events. Moody, 1890ish; fundamentalists, 1930ish; Jesus movement, 1970ish. Then there are . . . . Continue Reading »

Reminiscere: The Second Sunday in Lent

Scripture ReadingsIntroit: Ps. 91:1–2, 9–10, 13; antiphon 15-16Psalm of the Day: Ps. 32; antiphon v. 7Old Testament Lesson: Genesis 32:22–32Gradual: Ps. 91:11–12Epistle Lesson: 1 Thessalonians 4:1–7Verse: Ps. 91:1, 4a, 15a, 16Gospel Lesson: Matthew 15:21–28Lectionary . . . . Continue Reading »

More on Thiessen’s Moral Muddles

For those interested in a detailed discussion of the flaws in Marc Thiessen’s use of double effect to justify “enhanced interrogation techniques,” as well as a sober overall judgment about the moral status of our interrogation policies after 9/11, see Christopher Tollefsen’s . . . . Continue Reading »

Moral Agency Justifies Human Exceptionalism

Joseph Bottum made the point here the other day , commenting on the tragedy in which a killer whale drowned one of his trainers, that humans have no moral claim to make against animals that would require them to respect our lives and bodily integrity. How can it be denied? That we have no rights . . . . Continue Reading »