Political Theory

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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The Evangelical Innovators C. S. Lewis Warned Us About – Christian Article

In 1943, C. S. Lewis published The Abolition of Man in an attempt to warn the world about the Innovators, educators who were corrupting the minds of children, turning them into “men without chests.” If Lewis were to write again in 2019, he would find a formidable set of new Innovators to warn us about. Lewis begins The Abolition of Man by commenting on an English textbook, written by two misguided authors whom he calls Gaius and Titius: In their…

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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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Natural Law and the Prospects of Persuasion – Mere Orthodoxy – Christian Article

By James Clark When American evangelicals began to earnestly engage in conventional politics in the 1950s, a problem emerged. As David L. Weeks put it in a 2001 article, “Evangelicals have never developed a coherent and compelling political philosophy. Instead, they have relied on the moral authority and perspicuity of the Bible as a foundation for their social activism.” He argued that “‘biblical politics’” cannot succeed because “for all its moral teaching, the Bible does not fully address political life;…

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Sealed in Blood: Aristopopulism and the City of Man – Christian Article

You can access a print-friendly copy of this essay using the green button at left. Table of Contents After Liberalism Failed Tankies and Tocquevillians The Critic’s Critics The Ways of Judgment Political Animals Comedies and Common Goods Slave State Liberalism Wolves to Men City of Dads The White Rose Third Sailing — After Liberalism Failed They constantly try to escapeFrom the darkness outside and withinBy dreaming of systems so perfect that no one will need to be good. But the…

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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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