Christianity and Politics

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Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions

In 2015, highly esteemed Princeton political philosopher Michael Walzer published The Paradox of Liberation: Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions. The title itself immediately arrested me, as it crystallized a current intuition of mine. I believe the United States and several other countries are currently experiencing religious counterrevolutions to the cultural and moral (often labeled “secular”) revolutions that …

Secular Revolutions and Religious Counterrevolutions

Dead Russian Soldier in Ukraine

Ethicists Without Borders Issues Statement on Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine

Ethicists without Borders is a Facebook group spearheaded by the distinguished Christian ethicist Tobias Winright of St. Louis University. This group has just released the statement below. I am a signatory. Note the following elements: This statement calls what is going on by its right name — not vague worries about “the conflict in Ukraine,” …

Ethicists Without Borders Issues Statement on Russia’s Aggression Against Ukraine

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Health Care Crises Reveal Our Nation’s Character Flaws

This is a column about crises and injustices in the health care system in America. I interpret these crises and injustices as an indictment on the character and the governance of this country. What follows is inspired by hard personal experience but relevant to all who have ears to hear. I make the following five claims: …

Health Care Crises Reveal Our Nation’s Character Flaws

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History Shows the View Is Best from the Margins

Friends, today is International Holocaust Memorial Day. The Holocaust must never be forgotten. This was not just an eruption of hatred against the Jews by the Nazi regime. It was a systematic government-sponsored genocide, and one that found willing collaborators all across (Christian) Europe — along with a heroic minority of resisters and rescuers. We …

History Shows the View Is Best from the Margins

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New Year’s Resolutions When You Can’t Count on Anything Except COVID

I am an old-school calendar guy. While I do use an Outlook calendar, my default calendar is a monthly planner. I use a color-coding system to write events on the calendar and tasks on the “Notes” column on the side. I am looking at my December 2021 calendar. It has been shot to hell by cancellations …

New Year’s Resolutions When You Can’t Count on Anything Except COVID

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Why the U.S. Is Uniquely Divided: Engaging a Scholar from New Zealand

My last column for BNG, “Covid Wars,” offered a lament over our divided nation. It did not propose solutions, only sorrow and grief. Of course, we must do better than that. We must try to understand how we got here and figure out what we can do about it, if anything. After my piece posted, I …

Why the U.S. Is Uniquely Divided: Engaging a Scholar from New Zealand

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On Afghanistan, There Were No Innocent Choices Available

There were no morally unambiguous options, no innocent choices, facing President Joe Biden when it came to deciding what to do about the 20-year U.S. military engagement in Afghanistan that has cost the lives of nearly 2,500 U.S. troops, 3,800 U.S. security contractors, 100,000 Afghan civilians, some number of allied NATO personnel (a detail that never seems to …

On Afghanistan, There Were No Innocent Choices Available

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