In doing some minor site updates the other day, I noticed that my “Other Nifty Blogs” menu (currently located in a sidebar) was a bit out of date. Obviously, I had to immediately fix it. So now I have a more current blog list that better reflects what I read these days.
But today I decided that’s not good enough. I should also briefly summarize what each of these blogs is good for. That might be more helpful, so here you go:
- Alastair’s Adversaria — Probably my favorite blog overall, I suspect Alastair Roberts is the best English-speaking theology writer out alive today. I say that with few, if any, reservations. He is thoughtful, balanced, reserved, careful, brilliant, insightful, wise, and a bunch of other dignified adjectives. There is probably no better source for Christian social analysis, and his handling of hermeneutics and biblical typology is solid, too.
- Reformedish — Derek Rishmawy is a fairly normal human being (with a great beard) who loves Reformed theology and being level-headed about everything. He’s relentlessly amicable and balanced, and he’s great with puns. And while I don’t always read book reviews, his are almost always worth it.
- Mere Orthodoxy — Mere Orthodoxy has a number of contributors, many of whom are one-off guests. But both the guests and the regulars contribute consistently high-quality reflections on theology, politics, and culture. They’re big on charity, nuanced thought, good-natured debate, and gentle but sharp admonitions.
- Bradford Littlejohn — Brad Littlejohn is a great source for solid Reformation political theology. He works mainly with concepts common to the early Reformers and sometimes the wider historical Church. His specialties seem to be the two kingdoms, Richard Hooker, private property, and sharp analysis of contemporary political behaviors and movements.
- The Davenant Institute Blog — The Davenant Institute is awesome, dedicated to retrieving the best and often forgotten riches of the classical Protestant tradition. Less flashy but theologically valuable Reformers like John Davenant, Richard Hooker, Peter Martyr Vermigli, Zacharias Ursinus, Martin Bucer, and more receive special attention. Expect to hear a lot about Reformed Thomism, classical theism, and other good stuff here. (P.S. Their president is Brad Littlejohn.)
- The Calvinist International — The Calvinist International is partnered with and rather similar to the Davenant Institute. But they also have Steven Wedgeworth, an excellent thinker, and tons of good stuff on natural law, metaphysics, the early church, and more. A decent amount of material defends classical Protestantism against Catholicism, Orthodoxy, random haters, and some radical modern movements which claim to be Reformed.
- Apologia Pro Ortha Doxa — I don’t visit here terribly often anymore, but it’s really interesting. Kabane52 (I believe the real name is Seraphim Hamilton) is an Orthodox blogger with a lot of love for the Protestant writers James Jordan and Peter Leithart. It’s hard to say how much I agree with, but you’re in for lots of stimulating reading about topics like biblical typology, creation, the essence/energies debate, the role of philosophy in theology, and more.
- Think Theology — This blog is primarily run by Andrew Wilson, a member of the Mere Fidelity podcast with Alastair Roberts and Derek Rishmawy. He’s a British evangelical on the Charismatic side of things, and while he’s not my go-to for much, he’s smart, mission-minded, and fun.
- Reformissio — This blog is all I would really recommend for Evangelical Calvinism reading, as I’m less and less convinced that many of these people have anything meaningful to say. But Jonathan Kleis is a missionary to heavily Catholic Italy, and the perspective that gives him is really worth reading.
- P.OST — The mission of P.OST is to radically reframe the way we read the Bible to better correspond to the story the authors thought they were living in. It promotes a self-described “narrative-historical hermeneutic” which privileges the on-the-ground social, political, and historical events understood to be the primary subject of most of Scripture. There is a lot here to make evangelicals nervous (myself included), especially with Christology and the Trinity, but the trade-off is extremely close attention to the biblical narrative on its own terms. For all my concerns, Andrew Perriman has in many ways enhanced and enriched my understanding of what’s going on in the New Testament storyline.
- Tales of Teretz — This is a project I occasionally work on when I’m bored. Don’t expect too much out of it.