Category Archives: Culture

The Downside of Church Success

There is a long-standing tendency to reduce the Christian faith to ethics. In Christology this shows up when we see Jesus primarily as teacher. As a teacher – in fact The Great Teacher – Jesus gives us the information we need … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Ethics, Secularization | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

What Are They Supposed to Think?

What are my black friends supposed to think, with yesterday’s acquittal of Officer Yanez in the shooting of Philando Castile? Blacks may (in theory) have second amendment rights, but if they exercise them they’re more likely to receive an instant … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Current events, Politics, Violence | Tagged , | Leave a comment

The Possibility of Market Morality

Major Nathaniel B. Davis of West Point writes recently of the need for a morality of the market similar to the way just war theory provides a morality for war. As one who believes all areas of human action benefit from … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Economics, Ethics, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Defining Features of Liberalism?

In the context of an apology for the lowly AR-15, Edmund Kozak begins with a list of “three defining features of modern liberalism.” These are, “an intense aversion to the Constitution, a denial of objective truth, and a penchant for … Continue reading

Posted in Clash of Civilizations, Culture, Current events, Liberalism, Metanarratives, Tradition | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Sustaining Institutions over Time & Collective Identity

Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor recently wrote on “Political Identity and the Problem of Democratic Exclusion” for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Opinion page. He argues for the need for greater cohesion and unity among “the people” than is commonly found in … Continue reading

Posted in Charles Taylor, Culture, Current events, Doctrine, Ecclesiology, Politics, United Methodism | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

At the Movies, We’re All the Same?

The last few times I’ve gone to a movie at our local theater I’ve seen the ad with the punch line, “We’re All The Same When The Lights Go Down.”   I don’t understand this (and given the insipidness of … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Modernity | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Context of Knowing

When I look at the current landscape of United Methodism in America (and beyond this ecclesial context), one of the divisions I see is about where our concepts find their definition. We Methodist Christians have some important vocabulary, mostly shared … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Current events, Doctrine, Ecclesiology, Hermeneutics, United Methodism | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment