The Silly Little Crowds Just because everyone says something doesn’t mean it’s right. The crowd can be wrong. What the culture says might be different from what God says. For orthodox Christians, we say and hear sentiments like this all the time. And they are true enough. What most people around you believe about lots … Continue reading "Voice of Nature, Voice of God"
If you’ve ever talked to broadly conservative Christians in the US about politics, you’re likely to have heard the claim the title of this post refers to. Skeptical of government welfare programs, they often argue that charity—meeting the needs of the poor—is not the government’s job. The government has other duties, like justice and national … Continue reading "Is Charity the Church's Job?"
A Look into a Divisive Question If you haven’t noticed, Christians today are often divided on economic issues. This split can be a bit extreme. In some circles, “socialist” is synonymous with “godless secularist” and “Thou shalt not steal” basically proves laissez-faire capitalism. In others, “capitalist” is synonymous with “greedy oppressor” and Acts 2 basically … Continue reading "A Christian Doctrine of Private Property"
Chaos and a Gaping Hole Once upon a time, evangelical Christians were all against the LGBT movement. Times have changed quite a bit. Every day you can find another evangelical convert to the new view. The idea that there’s no real conflict between Christianity and LGBT practice is constantly gaining ground in circles that otherwise … Continue reading "Natural Law and Sexual Amnesia"
“Law” is a funny word. It’s one of those words that can be used in a lot of ways that sound fairly similar but really mean something deeply different. If you think much about topics like theonomy, theocracy, the Torah, Christian ethics, objective morality, and all the like, it becomes clear that a lot of … Continue reading "Mental Tools for the Toolshed: Distinguishing Types of Law"
This post is the second epsiode of my new podcast, The Nicene Nerdcast. Again, there’s not much for me to introduce, and if the title has you prepared for outrage, I give you my kind-hearted laughter. This episode is the result of some recent reflections on the nature and purpose of marriage, along with its … Continue reading "The Nicene Nerdcast: Against Traditional Marriage"