David Frum's Memory

If you need a reason for why a fair portion of conservative voters were disenchanted enough with the Republican Establishment to head over to Donald Trump's place, take a look at the final paragraph of David Frum's cover essay in the September issue of Commentary, “Is It 1968?” Continue Reading »

Evangelical Universities, Activism, and the Life of the Mind

I have made no secret of my disagreement with the historical and theological reasoning Mark Noll employed to lump together dispensationalists, holiness churches, and Pentecostals in his indictment of evangelicalism’s anti-intellectual impulse. Yet Noll and George Marsden, among others, have rightly pointed out how activism operates as a fundamental force within evangelical identity. This operation has both positive and negative consequences, one of which is, no doubt, a culture that devalues the characteristics necessary for the cultivation of the life of the mind. Continue Reading »

Richard Swinburne on Sex, Family, and Life

A controversy has erupted in the past week over a keynote delivered by Richard Swinburne at the most recent Midwest meeting of the Society of Christian Philosophers. We at First Things were curious about the paper that prompted all the to-do, and so we asked Professor Swinburne to let us make his paper available. He has generously agreed. Continue Reading »

Wesleyans and the Reformation

It’s that time of year again, when Protestants begin to reflect on what the Reformation has meant and continues to mean. It is a contested legacy, the interpretation and appropriation of which depends upon historical trajectories and contemporary concerns. Within the evangelical world, the legacy of the Reformation unfolds in different ways depending on whether one identifies primarily with the confessional or the pietistic wing. Continue Reading »