Marxism, Postmodernism, and Critical Race Theory
A Christian critique of postmodernism (and theories like CRT) is not purely negative, as it begins with the recognition that truth-claims cannot be divorced from a story about all of reality.
These sorts of qualifications on how thoughtful Christians can (and cannot) acknowledge and respond to systemic injustice will leave many convinced that we don’t really take the problem seriously. In this and so many other matters, we must accept the fact that we will often be misunderstood (John 15:18-20). However, every Christian ought to be... Continue Reading
It’s Time for a New Culture War Strategy
Without explicit legal protections, religious institutions with traditional convictions around homosexuality and transgenderism will likely face a torrent of litigation in the years ahead.
Some people take Rod Dreher’s Benedict Option to mean a wholesale retreat from the public square. That’s not the way of faithfulness. We must continue to make the case for Christian convictions and continue to be involved in politics, in higher education, in the media, and wherever else we can be a “faithful presence.” But retreat is... Continue Reading
President Eisgruber’s Message To Princeton Community On Removal Of Woodrow Wilson Name From Public Policy School And Wilson College
Board of Trustees concludes that Wilson’s racist views and policies make him an inappropriate namesake for the School of Public and International Affairs and residential college
Wilson’s segregationist policies make him an especially inappropriate namesake for a public policy school. When a university names a school of public policy for a political leader, it inevitably suggests that the honoree is a model for students who study at the school. This searing moment in American history has made clear that Wilson’s racism... Continue Reading
The Road to Bostock
Mesmerized by the surface appearance of cultural phenomena in isolation, we consequently fail to see how specific breaks with previous social norms—say, views of morality or gender—are functions of much deeper cultural changes.
I was reminded of Farrow’s book this week when I read Justice Gorsuch’s opinion in Bostock v. Clayton County and surveyed the shock and outrage surrounding this Supreme Court ruling. Many of us knew in 2017 that Gorsuch was not a religious conservative, whatever his personal politics or judicial philosophy might be. That he has taken the critical... Continue Reading
Of Mice And Men And Sacred Work
We might actually learn something about ourselves in the observation of mice.
In the 20th century, however, psychologists began to adore these pink-tailed creatures as test subjects for their studies on one particular subject: human behavior. Today, because of how rodents react to various stimuli in scientific research, the world has adopted a certain view of what makes a human being tick. In fact, many public and... Continue Reading
Does “Systemic Racism” Exist?
Systemic racism does not primarily refer to overt acts of racial hostility, but to ideologies and policies that produce racial disparities.
A concise definition of “systemic racism” would be something like “systems which create or perpetuate racial disparities.” In contrast to a traditional understanding of racism, which focuses on individual acts of racial prejudice and animosity, “systemic racism” would produce racial disparities even in the absence of personal, individual bigotry. In the aftermath of the... Continue Reading
Salvation By Extinction: Mindfulness Meditation
Mindfulness has been given therapeutic and scientific status across the broad spectrum of psychological and physiological health and wellness needs; it is actually a Buddhist meditative technique that changes one’s perception of reality.
While Buddhism recognizes the problems of suffering and death that resulted from the Fall, it entirely misses the true balm of healing in the redemptive grace of Jesus Christ. Rather, Buddhism seeks liberation from reincarnation through the meditative techniques of Mindfulness, which is designed to change one’s perception of reality by depersonalizing the self into... Continue Reading
The Supreme Court Becomes a Super-Legislature: The Bostock, Altitude, and Harris Cases
The Supreme Court converted itself into a super-legislature and in a display of raw “judicial” power inserted “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” into Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
In summary, the majority’s opinion in this trilogy of cases is a gain for gay rights, but it is most certainly a setback for the separation of powers and for a judiciary dedicated “to interpret statutory terms to mean what they conveyed to reasonable people at the time they were written.” The Supreme Court... Continue Reading
The Opportunity We Face Right Now
As I read social media, I see the danger of Christians becoming just another noisy advocacy group divided by our views on what’s going on.
I have strong opinions about many issues. My concern, though, is how easy it is to become self-righteous about our own convictions, and to look down on others who disagree. We can be right on an issue and wrong in how we treat others. In our zeal, we can become the very thing we profess... Continue Reading
Christian Liberties: A Road to Paganism?
The road to paganism is often paved with pragmatism, which interprets all things as being neutrally indifferent and their use determined by individual choice.
It is easy to get off base when popular human opinion or experience has become the reference point for interpreting life instead of the scriptures being the only rule of faith and practice. Unfortunately, some are using the Bible as merely one rule and not the only rule of faith and practice. It was for... Continue Reading