Category Archives: Christianity in Modernity

“It’s All About the Gospel,” Said the Reformed Papalist

Here’s a follow-up to my post below, “Is Western Culture Worse than Sodom and Nineveh” – It occurred to me that those Calvinists whose final recourse when discussing cultural topics is “It’s the Gospel that really changes people ” may … Continue reading

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Is Western Culture Worse Than Sodom and Nineveh?

I tend to be a “glass is half empty” sort of guy, always noticing the downside of things and usually having to have others of a less melancholy temperament point out to me that sometimes, perhaps even most of the … Continue reading

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“The Dregs of the Last Christendom”

Doug Wilson has been doing a provocative series of posts on rebuilding Christendom in this secular age. Many of them are quite helpful, but occasionally I find myself wondering about the practical strategies that would flow from following Wilson’s principles … Continue reading

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Insight Into U.S. Politics

Here’s some interesting thoughts on politics by Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527), which disturbingly describe the contemporary American political scene. Consider these thoughts from Chapter 9 of The Prince on the need for a ruler to studiously avoid pursuing what he ought … Continue reading

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Augustinian Ambiguity (II)

Following on my previous three or four posts about Augustinian politics, let me say that I fully believe in and support Christian education, and I do not believe that secular education is a good thing. I agree in general terms … Continue reading

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Augustinian Ambiguity (I)

Augustine’s masterwork City of God raises terribly fascinating questions of what type of society Christians should seek to have, and how consistently they should pursue it. Joining education with social vision and maintenance (as both secular and Christian education do) … Continue reading

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Machiavelli on Religion and Society

Interesting words from Machiavelli: Having therefore considered everything, I conclude that the religion introduced by Numa was among the principal reasons for the happiness of that city [Rome], because it produced good institutions, the good institutions created good fortune, and … Continue reading

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Locke on Philosophy and “Ordinary Language”

Modern philosophers—and sometimes philosophy in general—have often been charged with speaking in a rarified discourses of their own making, unintelligible to the general public. Here’s what Locke has to say on the subject: “Nor do I deny that those words … Continue reading

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Killing for the Telephone Company

In his article Killing for the Telephone Company: Why the Nation State Is Not the Keeper of the Common Good,:”(Modern Theology 20:2, April 2004, pp. 243-274.)”: William Cavanaugh examines the idea held by many Christians today that the State is … Continue reading

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Calvinists and Cartesians (Part III)

Walter E. Rex in his book Essays on Pierre Bayle and Religious Controversy (Martinus Nijhoff: The Hague, 1965) makes a sustained argument that throughout the 17th century Calvinist orthodoxy was fundamentally altered by currents of the developing “Age of Reason” … Continue reading

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