On Dreher’s Benedict Option

I was asked to contribute a review of Rod Dreher's The Benedict Option to a collection of responses to the work. I wrote mine addressing its fourth chapter on politics. The collection of reviews is probably not going to happen, so I figured I'd post my (rather unedited) two cents here... Rod Dreher’s newest book, The Benedict … Continue reading On Dreher’s Benedict Option

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Article: “On the Nature and Purpose of Marriage”

An article I wrote on marriage was recently published in a small journal (and with only a few glaring mistakes! All of which were my fault, of course). It's an attempt to think both with the Christian tradition and for the public square. Here's a link to it: "On the Nature and Purpose of Marriage," Encounter 76.2 … Continue reading Article: “On the Nature and Purpose of Marriage”

Politics at the Limits of Facts

The earnest war being waged against the new regime of “alternative facts” in the United States is admirable. Facts, here defined as empirically valid claims, are important for governing and policy making. Yet, the turmoil around this admittedly bizarre phenomenon reveals certain assumptions worthy of consideration. Among other things, ours is a moment for thoughtful … Continue reading Politics at the Limits of Facts

Why Indiana’s Recent Anti-Abortion Law Should Be Struck Down

UPDATE: A few days after I posted this a federal judge issued a preliminary injunction for the law after considering arguments against it by Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. Some of the arguments are parallel to mine, although the explicit reference to privacy isn't there. Planned Parenthood also addressed parts of the law I didn't. See the … Continue reading Why Indiana’s Recent Anti-Abortion Law Should Be Struck Down

A Response to D. Stephen Long’s Advocacy of Waiting

In the wake of the United Methodist Church's recent General Conference, D. Stephen Long wrote a short, thoughtful piece defending the proposal of the Council of Bishops that the conference formally adopted. That position, in brief, is to table the discussion and deliberation about the church's position on sexuality until a special committee can be formed to study the … Continue reading A Response to D. Stephen Long’s Advocacy of Waiting