We do not have to choose between evils

David French, senior editor at The Dispatch and a self-described Evangelical and "hard-core Calvinist," articulates why abstention from voting in the presidential race of 2020 is principled, reasonable, and faithful to our calling as Christian disciples. Here is a salient excerpt from his post, "How, then, should Christians vote?" (February 2020): I’m reminded of these famous …

The Plague by Albert Camus

I invited Matthew Jordan, a friend and former student, to join everyone else, it seems, in reading Albert Camus' The Plague (1947), a novel with prescient warning and penetrating insight for our time of coronavirus. The Plague is what I call existentially urgent reading. Here is a description from the publisher: A haunting tale of human resilience …

On identity politics

This is my succinct take on identity from a Christian point of view, remembering the Second Commandment of the Decalogue: "You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. …

News consumption

Few times there are when I am so convicted by an essay that it issues in a change of behavior. Kudos to Allen Mendenhall's Public Discourse essay, "The News Makes You Dumb," for influencing me to downgrade my TV plan so that I will not waste another minute watching the 24/7 news cycle, especially during the …