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Should not think they should be

Joseph Bottum is a ‘Catholic intellectual’ and a former editor of First Things. His book An Anxious Age (a title playing off Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age… 531 more words

The "We Need More Guns" Solution

The standard response of one side to horrendous shootings is, “We need gun control!” I’m not going to address that now. The standard response from the other side is, “We need more guns. 809 more words

Current Events


It’s been a long time since I shared with you from my commonplace book (or “life thickener” (to borrow a phrase from Mark Edmundson’s book… 482 more words

Faith And History

A word for Pietism

Stanley Hauerwas is an influential voice among United Methodist pastors. He is not shy about his dislike of Pietism, which is awkward for United Methodists since John Wesley was one of the most well-known advocates of the heart religion that is the hallmark of Pietism. 344 more words


Hauerwas on liberalism and desire

For most part, I’ve only read and heard caricatures and one-liners when it comes to Hauerwas’s critique of liberalism. I recently read Hauerwas’s early and well-worn (for many but not me) essay “The Church and Liberal Democracy: The Moral Limits of a Secular Polity.” I appreciated getting the more sustained critique and look forward to reading others like it. 365 more words


Stanley Hauerwas: "A Christian marriage isn’t about whether you’re in love."

“When couples come to ministers to talk about their marriage ceremonies, ministers think it’s interesting to ask if they love one another. What a stupid question! 50 more words

Religious/Theological Reflections

Famous Contemporary Anabaptists

#4 in a series of rabbit trails based on footnotes in my new book, Spirituality With Clothes On.

Is “famous Anabaptist” an oxymoron?

The note on page 93 is either hopelessly out of date or shows the age of the writer, or perhaps both. 254 more words