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60When Things Fall Aparthttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/10/when-things-fall-apart
Thu, 13 Oct 2016 06:00:00 -0400Most of the reasoned arguments for Donald Trump follow from larger theories about the demise of our polity and culture, and about Hillary Clinton’s complicity in that disintegration. I find some of these theories, at base, convincing. Our nation’s strands of social cohesion and moral commitment have been picked apart over the past few decades. They are strands that derive especially from family, civic, and religious bonds, and they are fundamental to a Christian understanding of the human person: marriage, generation, honest toil, and the service of eternity in humble self-offering. This unraveling has been polemically advocated by Democratic Party policy in the US over recent years, driven by globalized capital, and pursued around the world through a well-networked array of social scientists, political strategists, and bureaucrats. There is every reason to believe that a Clinton presidency—and Congress—will continue this dynamic, desiccating the soul of our people.
Reaffirming Communion: An Act of Hopehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2016/01/reaffirming-communion-an-act-of-hope
Mon, 18 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500The extraordinary meeting of world Anglican leaders, organized by the Archbishop of Canterbury, has ended after five days of prayer and deliberation. The meeting’s outcome, articulated in a statement released Friday, has surprised many. When Archbishop Welby called for the meeting of Anglican Primates last September—the Primates are mostly archbishops who head their respective churches—the press billed the gathering as a “last ditch effort to save the Anglican Communion.” Others, claiming inside knowledge of the goings on in Welby’s circle, ominously reported that he was ready to “dismantle” the Communion altogether, in view of intractable divisions among its members. And it is true: Welby presented the Primates with a series of possible ways forward for Anglicanism, that included a radical loosening of relationships.
]]>Ministries of Lifehttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2016/01/ministries-of-life
Fri, 01 Jan 2016 00:00:00 -0500If you ride New York City’s subways, you will see public service advertisements blazoned above you. Some come from “NYC Condom,” a service of the New York City Health Department, some from other groups (like the BACCHUS Initiatives of the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators). The messages come in snappy phrases and acronyms: “Take Pride. Take Care.” “Be Sexy. Be Safe.” Or the three “B’s” and three “S’s”: “B Smart. B Sexy. B Safe.”
Fri, 18 Sep 2015 00:00:00 -0400
Desmond Tutu once said that what holds Anglicans together is the fact that “we meet.” From 2000 to 2009, meetings among Anglicans burgeoned, as attempts were made to hold together churches divided on sexuality, the Bible, and ecclesial order. There were strategy meetings, protest meetings, advisory meetings, research meetings, along with the regularly scheduled meetings of synods, bishops, and Primates. The Anglican Consultative Council—one of the main gatherings of representative ordained and lay leaders from around the Communion—met in 2009, and ended in parliamentary chaos and recrimination. Notwithstanding Tutu’s dictum, there have been few meetings of any kind since. Whatever local energies may be at work, the last few years have been a time of drifting dissolution for the Anglican Communion as a whole.
Sat, 01 Aug 2015 00:00:00 -0400Contesting Catholicity: Theology for Other Baptists by curtis w. freeman baylor, 478 pages, $49.95
]]>Why I Changed My Mind on Civil Marriagehttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/11/why-i-changed-my-mind-on-marriage
Mon, 24 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0500Christopher Seitz and I recently formulated a “
has hosted. It asks signers who are pastors to stop signing civil marriage licences as part of the Christian marriages at which they officiate, In this way, they will give public notice that Christian marriage is
what the state calls “marriage.”
Sat, 01 Nov 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Robert Reilly provides a relentlessly unsparing examination of the ways in which a radically new, and certainly destructive, understanding of human life and morality has been legitimated under the banner of gay rights. He marshals evidence of what is now becoming well known to those who are willing to listen: that the medical and educational communities have shifted their views on homosexuality on the basis of personal desire and political bullying rather than careful investigation, reflection, and open debate.
]]>What Women Bishops Mean For Christian Unityhttps://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2014/07/what-women-bishops-mean-for-christian-unity
Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400On July 14, 2014, the General Synod of the Church of England voted to permit women to be consecrated as bishops in their church. It followed a long, and sometimes bitter debate, and a vote in 2012 that barely fell short of the required two-thirds majority among lay representatives. Part of the decisiondebated as to its enforceabilityguarantees parochial opponents access to male priests and bishops.
Sun, 01 Jun 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Before religious philosopher Louis Dupré began his long tenure at Yale, he wrote on Marx. Then came his religious phenomenology and study of mysticism. More recently, he has worked on a long survey of Western religious thought. Behind this varied scholarly output is the haunting concern of how to apprehend God in the midst of all the intellectual forces that obscure his presence.
]]>Anglicanism on Its Kneeshttps://www.firstthings.com/article/2014/05/anglicanism-on-its-knees
Thu, 01 May 2014 00:00:00 -0400The Anglican Communion has nearly eighty-five million members spread around the globe. Until the mid-twentieth century, these were concentrated among the Anglo-American immigrant churches associated with the British Empire. But by the 1960s, this concentration began a dramatic shift towards Africa and, more recently, Southeast Asia. Derived from the steady and sacrificial work of missionaries in the century before, and then the even more remarkable work of indigenous evangelization and church-building, Anglican membership exploded in places like Nigeria, East Africa, and Singapore (which is a leader in missionary work in Asia today). Such demographic change brings with it inevitable cultural confrontations within the Communion.