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An Interesting Biblical Support for Seeing the Temporal World As Important

Jeremiah 29:4-7 – Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, to all the exiles whom I have sent into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat their produce. Take … Continue reading

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Earth and Heaven; Heaven and Earth

While writing my paper for my Augustine’s City of God class, I’ve been pondering the pagan idea that Augustine attacks in Book VIII that the earthly political order mirrors the heavenly order, such that what the (quasi) “divinized” rulers do … Continue reading

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The Ethics of Building A Gatling Gun

In the comments section of another blog post elsewhere, someone made the provocative remark that a liberal arts education is basically worthless for getting one a job, which is the really important thing in today’s world. It’s really important, he … Continue reading

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The Biblical Necessity of a Christian Culture, Part III: Positive Biblical Considerations

In this post I will set forth some positive biblical arguments for why Christians must try to create a culture that is dominant, not dominated. Before I get into that, however, it is time to revisit the theme with which … Continue reading

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The Biblical Necessity of a Christian Culture, Part II: Negative Biblical Considerations

In the first part of this series I cited the Calvinist Henry Van Til’s words that culture is “the secondary environment which has been superimposed upon nature by man’s creative effort,” and noted that on this definition it is impossible … Continue reading

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The Biblical Necessity of A Christian Culture, Part I: Working Definitions

The original version of this post set the tone for my biblical discussion of the topic of Christian culture by briefly remarking on my journey out of what I once called “optimistic amillennialism” into postmillennialism. In this revised version of … Continue reading

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Three Elements of a Christian Society

T.S. Eliot, writing of the nature of a “Christian society,” notes that we should make distinctions between the Christian State, the Christian Community, and the Community of Christians.:”(T.S. Eliot, “The Idea of a Christian Society,” in Christianity and Culture: The … Continue reading

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T.S. Eliot on a Christian State

An interesting observation from Eliot on questions about relations between Church and State: A usual attitude is to take for granted the existing State, and ask “What Church?” But before we consider what should be the relation of Church and … Continue reading

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T.S. Eliot on Industrialization and Mob-Rule

More from Eliot’s provocative essay “The Idea of a Christian Society”: The more highly industrialised the country, the more easily a materialistic philosophy will flourish in it, and the more deadly that philosophy will be. Britain has been highly industrialised … Continue reading

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The New York Times on New St. Andrews

Here’s an interesting article about New St. Andrews, the school where I got my B.A. and finally figured out what I was going to do with the rest of my life. As Doug Wilson points out in his commentary on … Continue reading

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