Religion

Abolition

The Best Defense Is a Good Offense: C.S. Lewis’s Abolition of Man by Micah Watson. A new critical edition of Lewis’s 1943 classic adds a treasure trove of supplementary material. Lewis’s warnings about the consequences of jettisoning natural law remain […]

Honor Killing

Honor Killing Is Not Just a Muslim Problem by Phyllis Chesler. It’s the most extreme form of institutionalized violence against women on the planet. More.

Tertullian

‘I Believe Because It Is Absurd’: Christianity’s First Meme by Peter Harrison. Religious belief is often thought to evince a precarious kind of commitment, in which the degree of conviction is inversely proportional to correspondence with the facts. Exhibit A […]

Freedom

Religious Totalitarianism, Secular Totalitarianism, and Other Threats to International Religious Freedom by Daniel Mark. Westerners should neither exaggerate our problems and forget how good we have it nor exaggerate our blessings and neglect the defense of religious freedom. We’re not […]

Evangelical

To Be or Not to Be an Evangelical by Brian Stiller. Do Christians need a term or label to identify ourselves? More.

Record

Back in 2011 TDC averaged about 25,000 page views a month. This past month, TDC set a new monthly record of over 209,000 page views! As always, thanks to all who venture forth through these pages, and I hope your […]

Beyond

Madeline L’Engle, C.S. Lewis, and Christianity: Moving Beyond Collectivism and Individualism by Jordan J. Ballor. The Christian quest for the common good is not reducible either to the simple aggregate of individual goods or to the promotion of the needs […]

Nominations

The New McCarthyism: Religion, Marriage, and Judicial Nominations by Randall Smith. Should we determine whether a person is fit to be a judge based on his or her religious beliefs or opinions on contemporary policy debates? Or should the Senate […]

Abandonment

A Tragic Abandonment of Identity: The Secularization of America’s Religious Colleges and Universities by Arthur Goldberg. Today’s religious colleges and universities face a choice between two opposing worldviews: the traditional, spiritually embedded worldview upon which they were founded, or the […]

Temptation

The Last Temptation by Michael Gerson. How evangelicals, once culturally confident, became an anxious minority seeking political protection from the least traditionally religious president in living memory. More.

Romance

The Romance of Ordinary Marriage by Nathanael Blake. It is fashionable to mock as bland and boring the ordinary men and women living out their married lives together, but they are often engaged in a quest far more challenging and […]

Privatized?

Marriage and Family Life Cannot be Privatized by Scott Yenor. The existence of each political community depends on married adults having children and raising them to responsible adulthood. More.

Meaning

Our Search for Meaning and the Dangers of Possession by Lisa Marchiano. “There is no such thing as not worshipping,” wrote novelist David Foster Wallace. “Everybody worships. The only choice we get is what to worship.” G. Jung would have […]

Oversimplification

No, Steven Pinker, The Enlightenment Doesn’t Pit Reason Against Faith by Paul Bonicelli. Steven Pinker oversimplifies the Enlightenment by claiming it pits reason against faith. In fact, the Enlightenment sprung from Christian ideas of nature. More.

Conscience

What Is Freedom of Conscience? by Marilynne Robinson. Its long history in Europe and England prepared the American Revolution. Where has this trait gone? More.

Gnosticism

Is Dr. Jordan Peterson A Gateway Drug to Christianity, Or Just A Highbrow Joel Osteen? by Peter Burfeind. Because of his understanding of rationalism and psychological emphasis, Jordan Peterson prepares the soul more for Gnostic spirituality than Christian orthodoxy. More.

Sacrificing?

Are White Evangelicals Sacrificing The Future In Search Of The Past? by Daniel Cox. In 2016, white evangelical Protestants strongly supported Donald Trump, a septuagenarian candidate who promised to make America great again, to bring back “Merry Christmas” and to […]

Stronger

New Harvard Research Says U.S. Christianity Is Not Shrinking, But Growing Stronger by Glenn T. Stanton. Is churchgoing and religious adherence really in ‘widespread decline’ so much so that conservative believers should suffer ‘growing anxiety’? Absolutely not. More.

Metaphysics

The Metaphysics of Democracy by Thomas Joseph White. Liberalism began as a political project that sought to curtail the role of religion in public life. Religious impulses haven’t proven easy to expel, however, even in secular societies. Contemporary secular liberalism […]

Hell-bent

Hell-bent by Kathryn Gin Lum. Younger Christians may be ditching doctrines of fire and brimstone – but will Christianity ever get rid of hell entirely? More.