On Behalf Of Environmentalists, I Apologize For The Climate Scare
Author of “Apocalypse Never” formally apologizes for the climate scare he was a part of creating over the last 30 years.
But there are also reasons to believe that environmental alarmism will, if not come to an end, have diminishing cultural power. The coronavirus pandemic is an actual crisis that puts the climate “crisis” into perspective. Even if you think we have overreacted, COVID-19 has killed nearly 500,000 people and shattered economies around the globe. Scientific... Continue Reading
Black Power and the New York Times’ 1619 Project
The New York Times’ 1619 Project is not only an effort to radically recast the formative years of the American colonies but is informed by the same radical intellectual perspective that undergirds that distorted history.
It is indeed possible that “the operation of established and respected forces in society” may yield unequal outcomes for different groups, but that fact does not tell us anything about the moral nature of those “forces.” A 100-meter race track and a random group of runners sprinting its length are quite likely to produce something... Continue Reading
Christianity in a World of “Newspeak”
Those raised on Newspeak lose the very ability to think outside of the categories of the party because the words required to do so no longer exist.
It is instructive to consider Newspeak because it can shed light on some of the difficulties Christians face when attempting to speak or write on important issues in today’s often Orwellian world. Those in power and those seeking power in various cultural realms often hijack language and redefine words and concepts in an attempt to... Continue Reading
Lament And The Hope In Pentecost
We are living in a jarring time and a word coming back into popular use lately reflects our times: “lament.”
Acts 2 and its description of the mighty rushing wind of the Holy Spirit that changed the world is that way. It took strangers and brought them together, not simply so that they could understand each other’s languages but knit them into a new family, a new humanity…God has gathered us to be revived and... Continue Reading
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