"If the church fails to apply the central truth of Christianity to social problems correctly, someone else will do so incorrectly.” Carl F.H. Henry

Are Evangelical Protestants More Unified than Catholics on Social Issues? A Response to Rod Dreher

My friend Rod Dreher has put forward an important observation and query about the cohesiveness and difference in moral convictions between evangelical Protestants and Catholics on matters related to culture war issues like abortion and homosexuality: Here’s something I have never figured out. In theory, Catholics ought to be a lot more theologically conservative on... Read More

Planned Parenthood and Progressive Hypocrisy

In America, you don’t need real moral authority for your social cause, all you need is the warring and irrational indignation of a hashtag. And that brings us to Planned Parenthood’s 100th anniversary brought in full force by hashtag activists celebrating an organization that has overseen millions upon millions of deaths. Full stop. I want... Read More

Can Christian Sexual Ethics be Thrown into the Dustbin of History?

David Gushee’s most recent column at RNS is a sober looking glass into the future facing religious conservatives who refuse to accept the moral legitimacy of progressive sexual ethics. According to Gushee, the coming marginalization facing religious conservatives is inevitable. What isn’t altogether clear from Gushee’s way of framing his post is whether the storm... Read More

Advice to Young Christian Politicos

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had three occasions where I’ve been asked what recommendations or suggestions I’d offer to young Christians who are interested in developing good political habits and understanding how the political world operates. So, in the interest of maybe helping others, I’ve written down some of the advice I’ve offered.... Read More

We Have Entered a World of Groupthink

In the aftermath of the Obama administration’s sweeping transgender decree, it’s worth considering just how this will play out in local schools. One thing that strikes me as particularly unique about this rule is how it is unlike other disagreements about sexuality within the culture war. For example, while there is debate at the public... Read More

Book Recommendation: Dreisbach’s Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State

I just finished rendering Daniel Dreisbach’s Thomas Jefferson and the Wall of Separation Between Church and State for a doctoral seminar this semester. Dreisbach is a professor at American University and one of America’s premier historians on the First Amendment. Originally published in 2003, the book focuses exclusively on Jefferson’s famous phrase written to the Danbury... Read More