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An Uncompromising Approach to Religious Liberty & Christian Life

February 2, 2016

Uncompromising integrity and intelligence are both needed as Christians move into the future in a world increasingly hostile to religious liberty.

Chastity as an Irreducible Element of Christian Faith

Chastity: An Inseparable Part of Religious Freedom and Liberty of Conscience

January 19, 2016

Americans must not allow the cultural left to edit the concept of religious freedom to exclude the requirements of chastity. The legal right of conscientious objection against homosexuality is integral to religious freedom because the condemnation of homosexuality is integral to Christian and other traditional religious morality.

Christ Rasing Saints from their Graves

What Ordinary Christians Can Learn from a Monastery

December 24, 2015

The true follower of Christ knows that whatever he is constrained to do (always only within God’s will), or cannot do, his life is rooted with Christ in God (Col. 3:1). And insofar as one has control of his life, he will occupy it with what is permanent.

Hadley Arkes

Possibilities for Legislative Checks on the Power of the Courts

December 2, 2015

It is crucial to understand that same-sex marriage cannot be allowed to become deeply embedded in law … We should “put something on the table” for restoring marriage again.

Moral Relativism

How Moral Relativism Became Ascendant in Constitutional Law

November 20, 2015

Reason, rather than a dogmatic commitment to humanly constructed “rights,” is necessary for the proper ordering of society.

Flag in Chains

When Liberalism Undermines Freedom

November 8, 2015

The passion of the liberalism which emerged out of the 1960s to win the battles it has chosen is such that it overwhelms all other considerations, common sense, and the general freedom of thought and action which served as the inspiration of liberalism in its original struggle against the pre-modern world.

Saint Augustine and the Earthly City of God

Obeying Christ without Withdrawing from the World

October 30, 2015

A good mission statement for the “Augustine option” would be God’s admonition to the captive Israelites through the prophet Jeremiah to “seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the Lord on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find welfare” (Jer. 29:7)

Saint Benedict of Nursia

Faithful Christian Communities in a Darkening Future

October 16, 2015

In Rod Dreher’s vision, Christians will model the future … when people want God again, they will find Him in Christian communities.

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No Greater Harm

October 9, 2015

It is believers in traditional sexual morality, not those who disagree with them, who are being imposed on when they are required to take action in violation of their consciences … There is no greater harm than being required to act against one’s conscience, because it is action against what one believes to be ultimately right and wrong.

Weight of Glory

Living as Christians in the Twenty-First Century World

September 19, 2015

The glory of God, the reality of the supernatural, came into the world in the incarnation of Jesus Christ. Christians have received Jesus in their hearts, and this continuing presence ensures that we will not succumb to the seemingly irresistible force of secularization. By being united to Christ, who is one with God the Father, we can be, as we are called to be, in the world, but not of the world.

Engaging on Marriage

Engaging the World after the Same-Sex Marriage Decision

September 13, 2015

The moral duty to defend and advance the truth has not changed, nor can we expect that efforts to advance the truth about sex and marriage will be fruitless in persuading people, and perhaps ultimately successful with society at large and the law.

Synod on the Family

Prospects and Perils for the Synod on the Family

August 28, 2015

A church which is liberalized in its response to the world will not advance or defend the Christian virtue of holiness, a key point of conflict between traditional Christianity and liberalism; really the key doctrine of God which is in dispute. It is also the key doctrine involved in the conflict in the western world over religious liberty.