Church Before Sex

When I was in seminary, one of the hot topics we students debated was where each of us stood on the matter of women’s ordination. In our evangelical world, this issue was talked about in terms of “ egalitarianism ” (i.e., women are equally gifted alongside men and are called to serve . . . . Continue Reading »

Texting? Natural. Twittering? EVIL!

That’s what you get when you combine John McWhorter’s fine mini-lecture on texting-talk as an “emergent complexity” of human linguistic evolution, or more helpfully, as “fingered speech,” with Matt Labash’s deliciously long TWS essay on why twitter, and the . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Square

William Doino Jr. reviews Rod Dreher’s The Little Way of Ruthie Leming : For all its idiosyncrasies and hardships, St. Francisville was a place where many people are born and die in the same place, alongside the same folks they grew up with. Those kind of social bonds, broad and deep, are . . . . Continue Reading »

The Politics of Abstinence

“Emotional contraception is extremely ineffective,” says Nathaniel Peters . He and Donna Freitas recognize that the hook-up culture just isn’t as satisfying as college students make it out to be, particularly because human beings, much as we might like at times, cannot separate . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 4.29.13

Infinite Progress Jathan Sadowski, L. A. Review of Books The Post-Welfare State Family Mary Eberstadt, Weekly Standard The Eighty-Year Reform of the Curia Sandro Magister, Aleteia The Mixed Blessings of Interfaith Marriage Naomi Schaefer Riley & Neal Conan, NPR A Father’s Love Tullian . . . . Continue Reading »

USCIRF Report on Religious Freedom in Syria

Last week, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom issued a report,  Protecting and Promoting Religious Freedom in Syria , that describes the religious contours of Syria’s civil war and makes recommendations for US policy with respect to the conflict. The report accuses both . . . . Continue Reading »