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What Did Western Civilization Ever Do for Us?!? A Qualified Defense of the West

Perhaps one of my favorite tools in teaching Western civilization to undergrads at Arizona State University is to show clips…

Why Should Christians Support International Religious Freedom?
Why Should Christians Support International Religious Freedom?

The most profound and powerful reasons for religious freedom are Christian reasons, and they extend not only to Christians but to all people. In my view this means that there is also a deep theological warrant for international religious freedom.

Tending the Garden of the Real
Tending the Garden of the Real

Cultivating the garden of world order includes tending to the tasks that uphold public safety, execute justice and promote human flourishing.

Day 2: Rolling the Credits - Yule Blog
Day 2: Rolling the Credits

As we start to look at this whole Christmas phenomenon, it makes sense to begin with the basics. The first questions any sensible person asks about Christmas are pretty straightforward: What event is this holiday supposed to commemorate, and do we know that it actually happened?

Parallels between the Roman Republic’s Fall and America Today: Review of Osgood’s Rome and the Making of a World State
A Parallel between the Roman Republic’s Fall and America Today: Review of Osgood’s Rome and the Making of a World State

Cynical pundits often warn we’re experiencing the “Fall of the American Republic.” Josiah Osgood’s history of the Roman Republic’s fall in “Rome and the Making of a World State” shows how there may be a broad parallel between their age and ours.

Is the Nation-State Fading?
Is the Nation-State Fading?

The current nationalist fervor could actually be a sign of nation-states’ weakness, a gasp that belies a lack of confidence in it as a form of government that can adequately represent a people and govern them fairly.

What Should Christians Think about Israel's 70th Birthday?
What Should Christians Think about Israel’s Seventieth Birthday?

Few would have estimated 70 years ago, let alone one thousand, that this week would arrive. On Monday, May 14, Israel celebrated the seventieth anniversary of becoming a nation. In light of this remarkable and unlikely reality, Christians are faced with the task of celebrating and interpreting this event against the backdrop of the last 70 years.

A Little Brown Book for Augustinian Readers: An Appreciation at 50 Augustine of Hippo: A Biography, Peter Brown, 1967
A Little Brown Book for Augustinian Readers: Review of Brown’s Augustine of Hippo

By turning to cultural anthropology and other methods for encountering the ancient world, Brown humanized not just Augustine but also ancient Christianity itself. Getting into the early Christian’s skin and trying to understand the world through the eyes of those who lived in it, Brown established empathy as a scholarly tool.

The Christian Church in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century
The Christian Church in the Latter Half of the Twentieth Century

Francis P. Miller claims the church cannot stand by and optimistically assume that the state will pursue justice without the assistance of a religious ethic.