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60We Need to Win the Aesthetic, Not the Argumenthttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/10/we-need-to-win-the-aesthetic-not-the-argument
Wed, 12 Oct 2016 11:00:00 -0400Last week Rusty Reno and I did a double act on the Hugh Hewitt radio show. At one point, I remarked that the problem with trying to argue against the dominant moral consensus on sex, sexuality, and identity was that it is not based on an argument that one can address in kind, but rather on an aesthetic. Matters of taste are what really dominate the expressive individualism and ethics of authenticity of this present age.
Remembering the Reformation but Celebrating What?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/remembering-the-reformation-but-celebrating-what
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:15:00 -0400October is the month of the year in which, as a Reformation specialist, I find myself least likely to be unoccupied. And as we head toward 2017, the 500th anniversary of Luther’s protest against indulgences, my calendar is filling up. But a question arises: Evangelicals may well be remembering the Reformation in 2017, but what exactly will they be celebrating?
]]>A Family Affairhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/a-family-affair
Tue, 13 Sep 2016 08:00:00 -0400When the story broke last week of an Oklahoman mother and daughter who have been arrested and
charged with incest
for marrying each other, I happened to be on my way to meet a retired lawyer friend at the Philadelphia Cricket Club for a glass of wine. As I sipped my cabernet, I commented to him that, were I a lawyer (which, praise God, I am not), I was confident that I would be able to mount a compelling case for the defense. “I bet you could,” my friend replied. “So talk me through it.” I put my glass down and laid out my case.
]]>Teaching as Joyful Rebellionhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/09/teaching-as-joyful-rebellion
Wed, 07 Sep 2016 11:30:00 -0400As I prepared to return to the classroom this week, I remembered my very first foray into full-time teaching, some twenty-three years ago. I had just been appointed to the faculty at the University of Nottingham, and it was required that I attend a three-day training session on how to teach, and then to do a refresher course of similar duration two years later. On both occasions, my wife went into labor by day two.
indeed, for I was then allowed to leave the pointless course prematurely and return to the real world. We had not timed the pregnancies that way, but what can I say? God is good. God is very good.
Wed, 31 Aug 2016 10:10:00 -0400The attitude toward sex in our secular culture is simultaneously tedious and disturbing. Tedious because of its predictability. Disturbing because of its profound negativity, despite absurd claims to the contrary.
Wed, 17 Aug 2016 12:00:00 -0400For the second week in a row, I find myself in the odd position, as
’s resident “triumphalist Protestant,” of focusing on the Roman Catholic hierarchy. The occasion this week is a predictable volley of criticism aimed at Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput by the
National Catholic Reporter
, in response to the archbishop’s
. The archbishop is a gentleman who cares not a whit for his reputation and who will not, I am sure, defend himself. But I happen to dislike unfair attacks on decent people, and I happen to like Archbishop Chaput.
Fri, 12 Aug 2016 00:00:00 -0400When Joe Biden
officiated at a same-sex wedding
recently, he was not only doing what politicians do best—indulging in a bit of faux-courageous populism that really cost him nothing and entailed no risk—he was also thumbing his nose at his own Church.
]]>Whose hate? Which victims?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/whose-hate-which-victims
Tue, 09 Aug 2016 12:00:00 -0400 One of the great problems in today's world is that hate is rather limited in scope. For society to flourish, we really need more hate—or at least a broader understanding of what hate is. Confused? Well, bear with me a moment while I explain.
]]>Lost in Xanaduhttps://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/08/lost-in-xanadu
Thu, 04 Aug 2016 12:00:00 -0400Samuel D. James's post on
America’s Lost Boys
is both a moving and depressing read, and his call for the church to rise to the challenge of addressing the problem is on-target. Yet the call to seriousness is one thing. How it can be done is quite another.
]]>A Mountain or a Marathon?https://www.firstthings.com/blogs/firstthoughts/2016/07/a-mountain-or-a-marathon
Tue, 26 Jul 2016 12:00:00 -0400Last year, when Rusty Reno invited me to a seminar on Christian responses to transhumanism, I responded that if we were going down fighting then, yes, he could count me in. His reply was laconic but eloquent: “I intend to fight, but I do not intend to go down.”