The World We Have and the World We Want – Christian Article

By Zachary Holbrook The pace of online discourse makes life difficult for those who wish to think seriously about Christianity and politics. By now, the takes have begun to cool regarding the recent fracas between Sohrab Ahmari, David French, and their respective factions within the conservative movement. Heads have cleared somewhat, slights and overstatements were walked back, and, thousands of online words thrown into the void later, we await the next contentious spectacle. The significant danger in the heat of…

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David French and the Revolutionary Style in Conservative Journalism – Christian Article

In his sharp response to Sohrab Ahmari’s attack on his approach to politics, National Review writer David French noted that Ahmari’s attack hinged on two bizarre fictions: First, the fiction that French himself is a timid milquetoast classical liberal who lacks the will to fight liberalism in a sufficiently comprehensive way. Second, the even more ludicrous fiction that Donald Trump represents a sufficiently radical critique of liberalism to fully address the crisis of the moment. The fact that Ahmari’s piece…

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Critical Theory, Social Justice, and Christianity: Are They Compatible? – Christian Article

Neil Shenvi is a scientist with a Ph.D. in theoretical chemistry from Berkley, but in recent years he has become a budding Christian apologist. He is a member of The Summit Church in Durham, North Carolina (where JD Greear is pastor) and has been putting out some really insightful, accessible material critiquing critical theory and social justice. At a conference earlier this year, he delivered a message titled “Critical Theory, Social Justice, and Christianity: Are They Compatible?” Shenvi shows that…

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Persuasion 165 | Here’s Looking at You, Casablanca – Christian Article

http://traffic.libsyn.com/capcpod/165_Casablanca.mp3 Even if you’ve not seen the 1943 film Casablanca, you’ve probably heard one of its many quotable lines—such as, “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Casablanca is a romance/intrigue story set in 1940s Morocco, where refugees from across Europe landed to gain travel visas for safe passage to America. Starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, this film is one of the most popular movies of all time. And yet, not everyone has seen it—including Persuasion co-host Erin. Casablanca fits the…

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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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Modern Feminism and the Death Throes of Patriarchy – Christian Article

In this episode of the CultureCast, Amy and Christian talk about Jeff Sessions and Romans 13, Thai cave rescues and babies in cages, and free speech and feminism. You’ll hear about how a political cartoon sparked a debate about the difference between the efforts to rescue the soccer team trapped in a cave in Thailand and the relative inaction in regards to the children detained at the US border, Jeff Session’s defense of separating children using Romans 13, and drawing the…

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The Moral Compromise of Supporting Trump – Christian Article

In this episode, Christian and Amy ask why white Evangelicals support Trump in such big numbers. As much as 77% of white Evangelicals support Trump. Why do they continue to support him? Do progressives share anything with Evangelicals besides the name Christian? They talk about the moral compromise and rationalization of supporting Trump, the perceived loss of (white) identity, support for a populist movement, and comfort with a patriarchal order. Plus, and update and continuation from the last episode on…

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Blood and Soil: One Year After Charlottesville – Christian Article

August 16, 2018 by Deacon Piatt It’s been a year since the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville took place. What has happened since then? Amy and Christian Piatt reflect on the impact of last year’s events, consider the recent “Unite the Right 2” rally in DC and consider MSNBC’s recent “Breaking Hate” special featuring former Hammerskin Nation leader and friend of the show, Christian Picciolini. Christian interviews Clive Thompson, writer for Wired Magazine, about his recent article about…

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Words at War – Christian Article

Words we use – or withhold – shape our culture, opinions and identities. From media and Church to the White House, our words are at war to claim attention more than ever before. We examine Trump’s words (and silence) regarding Sen. McCain’s death, the Vatican’s response to recent abuse allegations, what various media outlets chose to cover after the Manafort and Cohen dramas, and whether preaching is a dying craft. Our guest is Jonathan Merritt, author of “Learning to Speak…

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Season of Doubt – Christian Article

September 12, 2018 by Deacon Piatt With a freshman in high school, Amy and Christian Piatt are getting familiar with a whole new set of doubts. This got them thinking about how much doubt we’re surrounded by every day. But a question keep nagging at them… Is our doubt getting worse? From AI mimicry to feel-good stories gone bad, it seems like we have to question the very reality around us. So that’s what the Piatts do in this CultureCast.…

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CAPC’s Most-Read Articles of 2018 – Christian Article

Reviewing our most-read articles each year gives us a snapshot of the cultural highs and lows from the past 365 days. Our content covers a wide array of topics—film, television, literature, media, internet, politics, music, tech, sports, celebrity culture, and more. The most-read article list is a check of our readership’s pulse, so to speak. And the articles that got our readers’ hearts beating in 2018? There are several covering the #metoo and #ChurchToo movement; a few on key cultural…

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The Impossibility of an Evangelical Conservatism – Christian Article

Rusty Reno has concluded that I am a “respectable evangelical,” an appellation which he does not intend as a compliment. His comments come in response to my article for America Magazine, on the relationship of conservative Catholics and Evangelicals under and beyond Trump. Reno suggests that whatever insights the piece has, the “rank-and-file are invisible” in my description of evangelicalism’s political landscape, “neglecting the obvious fact that [‘old guard’ evangelicals like Jerry Falwell, Jr. are] leaders because so many people follow them,” and…

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Rebecca McRae for La Mesa Spring Valley School District – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Sign-up to get new posts delivered to your inbox. Friends who live in the La Mesa / Spring Valley School District: Please consider voting for Rebecca McRae for LMSV 2018. I know Mrs. McRae as a passionate first grade teacher at Jackson’s school. She’s running as a parent of two kids in the district, her lack of name recognition and political experience speak to her simple desire to see improvements in the district. She’s…

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No More Martyrs – Christianity Now – Medium – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); We don’t need another martyr. This thought first came to mind as I listened to a spoken word performance by a friend of mine, Manon Bullock. She was referencing the death of Rekia Boyd in Chicago, a Black woman shot dead by an off-duty white police officer in 2012. She said if we could have chosen any outcome for Rekia Boyd, martyrdom would not have been included in the calculation. This struck a chord…

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Here’s Why I’m Yes on California Prop 5 – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); Sign-up to get new posts delivered to your inbox. Here’s why I’m a YES on Prop 5 on the California ballot: The current law, Prop 13 from 1978, was designed to help homeowners stay in their homes. The worry at that time was that property tax increases would force many older Californians to lose their homes to the county. Prop 5 fixes an unintended consequence for many people who now cannot afford to move…

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