In 1973, Karl Menninger wrote Whatever Became of Sin? He was responding to a cultural move away from any concept of moral transgression. The sociologists and psychologists of the day redefined what Western Christianity had always considered as sinful fruit of dark and hardened hearts. Instead, they argued that those effects, whether individual or corporate, […]
Cities. For some the word evokes thoughts of skyscrapers, taxi cabs, subway systems, and an integrated nexus of life, lifestyle, and labor. For others the word brings to mind a hurried pace they would better off avoid, a cultural environment where people are reduced to business machinery and secularism rules from an unimpeachable iron throne. […]
In the recent article, “The Three Hebrew Words that Describe Our Time,” opinion writer Martin E. Marty puts his finger on the underlying issue in our current climate of cultural chaos. What are those three Hebrew words? Tohu wa-bohu. This is the phrase that appears in Gen. 1:2, “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was […]
The Speech police are at American doors, especially in the case of same-sex marriage. As someone has said, liberal public opinion promoting same-sex marriage is “evolving in the direction of both theological certainty and illiberal intolerance.” Expressing their own ideological prejudice, liberals want opponents to have absolutely no place in their godless utopia.
Law often functions as the proverbial executioner’s sword to deter unlawful action. But can it also serve as a sculptor’s chisel to help form a more virtuous public? A positive answer to that question has a long and diverse pedigree in Western culture. For Aristotle, a “chief concern of political science is to endue the […]
The State of Our Dis-Union: Day six: Question and Answer Panelsby Joshua Gielow | April 9, 2021
Join our speakers as they tackle the tough questions from the State of Our Dis-Union: Symposium.
The State of Our Dis-Union (Entire Symposium)by Joshua Gielow | April 9, 2021
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The State of Our Dis-Union: Day Fiveby Joshua Gielow | April 9, 2021
Thaddeus Williams: First Things First: Evangelism in the Age of Social JusticeIt has become trendy to identify social justice as a “Gospel issue,” or even as “the heart of the Gospel.” If we do not rally behind this or that social justice cause we are told we suffer from an incomplete or truncated Gospel. How can we […]
The State of Our Dis-Union: Day Fourby Joshua Gielow | April 8, 2021
Jon Harris: The Social Justice Religion This presentation traces the history of social justice derivatives and how they parallel an Augustinian construction of confession, conversion, and a liturgy of praise and penance. It will also examine how social-justice-driven political movements have syncretized with Christianity and other religions. The main case study will be the Black Lives Matter movement. The […]