Christianity doesn’t have the place it once did in the West. This has raised a lot of questions for Christians, particularly those who actually believe in the historic faith. Some people think Christendom was a bad idea to begin with, others think it was good in principle but worked out badly, and still others lament … Continue reading "Christendom and Cross"
[I recently wrote this for an essay contest. Yes, I know I already reviewed this book, but it suited the context of the contest. No, I didn’t win anything.] “All societies are theocratic, and the only thing that distinguishes them is which God they serve.”1 This claim, with which Douglas Wilson begins Empires of Dirt, … Continue reading "Empire on a Rock: A Review of Doug Wilson's Empires of Dirt"
The news lately has put me thinking a lot about the origins and destination of the modern world. By “modern world,” I mean the social, political, cultural, institutional, and industrial structures of the post-Enlightenment West and other regions and peoples who have been influenced by it. It is a very peculiar world, with certain developments … Continue reading "Modernity, From Original Sin to the Day of the Lord"
A lot of progressive Christians argue that the historical context of the New Testament restricts the scope of the so-called “clobber texts” about homosexuality. Jesus and the Apostles, they say, had no concept of the modern development of a loving, consensual, monogamous homosexual relationship. Therefore in places like Romans 1 where they seemed to condemn … Continue reading "Homosexuality Then and Now, in Theological Narrative Perspective"