Theology

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Love’s Casuistry: A Case for Retribution

Retribution is the form love sometimes takes when nothing else will requite injustice.

Defending Pragmatic, Practical Christianity
Defending Pragmatic, Practical Christianity

In this sense it is proper to pursue such proximate goals as expressions of Christian duty. Christianity should not be utilitarian, but it must be practical.

The Problems with Utilitarian Christianity
The Problems with Utilitarian Christianity

In religion, to which we want to direct our attention, the growth of the utilitarian spirit is an alarming phenomenon. Utilitarianism seems to mark not only the attitude of the political powers that use religion for the sake of social control and transform it to suit their purposes, but also the attitude of many who oppose them.

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Integral Disarmament: Or, How to Abandon Tradition, Reason, and Your Flock

Advocates of Integral Disarmament believe the weapons of war are inherently evil. Their consequent prescriptions leave the innocent defenseless

Is Antiracism the Nation’s Newest Religion? - John McWhorter
Is Antiracism the Nation’s Newest Religion?

John McWhorter’s new serially published book on antiracism is a self-described extended editorial in which the avowed atheist seeks to make sense of a political ideology by characterizing it as a religion that is bad for the world in the exact manner in which he understands all religions to be bad.

Religious Freedom and the Kingdom of God: A Review of Andrew T. Walker’s Liberty for All
Religious Freedom and the Kingdom of God: A Review of Andrew T. Walker’s Liberty for All

Christians must advocate religious liberty not just for themselves, Walker argues, but “with the conviction that true freedom means allowing fellow citizens… to freely exercise their beliefs with dignity.”

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The Holy Week Reader: Kavod! Good Friday & The Weight of Glory

Peter Paul Ruben’s extraordinary “Raising of the Cross” helps reflect on Divine love, human flourishing, and the weight of glory.

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The Holy Week Reader: Go and Do Likewise

Maundy Thursday has much to say both about the location of human flourishing and the role violence might play in it.

Judas' betrayal of Jesus shows that Divine love is willing to give human beings despite the risks, because love must be free
The Holy Week Reader: Volo Ut Sis

Christ’s treatment of Judas, despite his betrayal, illustrates the Divine Love that was willing to bring human beings into being despite the risks. Because that’s what love does.

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