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Rootedness in an Orphaned World – Christian Article

There is no wealth but life. Life, including all its powers of love, of joy, and of admiration. That country is the richest which nourishes the greatest number of noble and happy human beings. ~ John Ruskin “You surprise me, Holy Father. You are young, and yet you have such old ideas.”“You’re wrong about that. I’m an orphan, and orphans are never young.”“But the majority of churchgoers are not orphans.”“Says who? You really think that the only orphans are those…

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Can Social Conservatives Lead? | Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

Rusty Reno is right in saying that social conservatives should take the lead in American conservatism. The reason why is plain. Unlike the libertarians, we have a substantive account of the good to which we think society should tend. Unlike the alt-right, our account of common life is not itself a rejection of centuries of Christian teaching and a reversion to paganism. Unlike the Intellectual Dark Web, our account really does attack the central problems that confront our nation rather…

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On Pro-Life Incrementalism | Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

I heard a man say once that one’s entire response to Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option hinged on how one thought about the sustainability of the current social order. That the existing social order is hostile to orthodoxy is obvious. But is that order sustainable, such that Christians should head to the catacombs? Or, on the other hand, is this order, which is so hostile to orthodoxy, itself incoherent and thus likely to unravel in the near future? If you take that…

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Israel Folau, Submitting to Masters, and the Modern Corporation – Christian Article

By Simon Kennedy The current saga involving Australian rugby star, Israel Folau, is a high-profile incubator case for civil liberties in Australia. Folau, like others for him, is facing a threat to his livelihood because of publicly expressing his religious beliefs. However, unlike similar scenarios in the past decades and centuries where the one hunting the heretic is the state, or the church backed in by the state, Folau is being threatened by his employer. This kind of scenario opens…

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Friends, Enemies, and the Anti-Christian Right – Christian Article

By Daniel DeCarlo After the astonishing election of Donald Trump and the rise of the new Right that followed in its wake, the principles which for decades had held the conservative movement together lay in ruin. Trump redrew the electoral map and transfigured the political imaginations of an entire generation. On the morning of November 9th, 2016, at least for those on the Right, anything seemed possible. With the old, moribund Republican orthodoxy defeated, the only real question that remained…

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Identity, Nationalism, the Humanities, and Liberalism – Christian Article

By Paul. D Miller Let me tell you a story. There was once a young man who had a comfortable, loving home. But one day his home was attacked, and everything he held dear was threatened. He was forced to go on a perilous journey into the dangerous unknown, unsure of himself and doubting who he was in this new world. And so as he ventured forth, he also ventured within. He delved inside himself to learn who he was…

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Faith and Heavenly Fitness: Would Alt-Right Christians Like Heaven? – Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

By Kevin Brown Nicholas Fuentes is many things. He’s a young, politically engaged person who seems to possess some kind of sincere religious faith. He frequently elevates Christian culture, advocates for faith in the public realm, and defends traditional Christian beliefs with evangelical zeal. He is, says a close acquaintance, a “genuine believer.” Fuentes is also a white nationalist. Rising to popularity after attending the 2017 “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Fuentes is strident in his criticism of multiculturalism,…

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Apologies, Power, and Martyrdom in a Decadent Age – Christian Article

For the second time in 18 months Republicans have needed to make use of the distinction between ephebophilia and pedophilia while defending one of their own. The fact that we are here may well say all that needs saying about our political moment. But on the chance that it does not, let’s venture another word. To whatever extent we are having a debate right now over whether or not Tucker Carlson should face stern public condemnation from his fellow conservatives…

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Whose Reaganism? Which Republicanism? – Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

In an intriguing document published last week at First Things and signed by a number of prominent dissident conservatives, the drafters called for an end to “warmed-over Reaganism,” and exhorted America’s conservatives to embrace a communal conservatism that values home, small community, and that concerns itself not only for the capitalist elite, but also with the welfare of workers. On the substantial points of their statement, it is hard to find anything to disagree with. Indeed, it reads more like a further development of…

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Desire, Duty, and Dynamite – Christian Article

As it becomes clearer and clearer that global climate change is dangerous and will require enormous efforts to protect human lives from its effects, the debate about how our individual choices and corporate efforts affect us has only gotten sharper. Take, for example, this recent discussion from David Roberts (expanded with this Twitter thread) about “climate hawks”: while concern for Earth’s climate has traditionally been linked to environmental identity and environmentalism as an ideology, ameliorating climate change will require a…

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