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Is Reza Aslan Off the Hook?

It looks like I really stirred things up yesterday with my post ” Reza Aslan Misrepresents His Scholarly Credentials ,” especially after Drudge linked to it in the afternoon. Some folks in the comments and on Twitter thought I had destroyed Aslan’s credibility in toto —which . . . . Continue Reading »

It Gets Better for the Chaste, Too

Matthew Vines has assigned my book, Washed and Waiting: Reflections on Christian Faithfulness and Homosexuality , as one of the core texts of his new training program, The Reformation Project . Matthew disagrees with my conclusions in the book, but he assigned it so that the participants in the . . . . Continue Reading »

Facing the Likelihood of Muburak II

Continuing my reflections on the coup, prompted by Reuel Marc Gerecht’s essay (linked below). Perhaps his key sentence was this one: As long as the religious are more numerous, political parties that explicitly claim the faith will have an advantage over the secular, intellectually . . . . Continue Reading »

Millennial Religion and the Sovereign Self

Claiming to speak for an entire generation to which she admittedly does not entirely belong, Rachel Held Evans tells us why Millennials are leaving the church. A sample of the reasons she cites: Armed with the latest surveys, along with personal testimonies from friends and readers, I explain how . . . . Continue Reading »

Jim, Jean, and Archaic Progressivism

Well, we still haven’t managed to get Jean Yarbrough SIGNED UP as a regular contributor. So I have to pass on her email messages to me to you about my post on Jim’s election book: I want to offer a somewhat different formulation: Obama did not offer conservatism in the precise sense. . . . . Continue Reading »

First Links — 7.30.13

The Ideal English Major Mark Edmundson, Chronicle of Higher Education An Anti-Libertarian Populism? W. W., Democracy in America The Community of Friends in Apollonius’ Argonautika Coyle Neal, Anamnesis The Use and Abuse of Samuel Johnson Ian Crowe, University Bookman The Bishops Are Wrong on . . . . Continue Reading »

You Probably Think This Psalm is About You

In his Confessions , St. Augustine records how a friend of his, the doctor Vindicianus, was instrumental in leading him away from astrology. When St. Augustine asked how, if astrology were false, some of its prophecies nevertheless seemed to come true, Vindicianus chalked it up to luck: an . . . . Continue Reading »



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