Modern Reformation

The Mod | “The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin” by Lauren F. Winner – Christian Article

Those who came of age reading the youthful Lauren Winner of Girl Meets God and Real Sex might be surprised to find Winner—now an Episcopal priest and professor of Christian spirituality at Duke Divinity School—writing for a decidedly academic audience in her newest work, The Dangers of Christian Practice: On Wayward Gifts, Characteristic Damage, and Sin. Perhaps her interest in the (de)formative potential of communal practices can be traced to her earlier, more popular-level writing—for example, in Real Sex, Winner…

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The Mod | Demolition Man: Nietzsche For The Christian – Christian Article

The Enlightenment, if not quite dead on arrival, began to fall apart very shortly thereafter.  The French Revolution offered a bloody testimony to the limits of reason as a foundation for building a new society.   The Romantics pointed to the ineradicable importance of the deeper longings of the human heart. Hegel identified a key flaw in Kant when he highlighted the importance of historical consciousness.  And then came the Demolition Man, Friedrich Nietzsche.  No-one before him (with the possible exception…

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The Mod | Appearances of Christ Before The Incarnation – Christian Article

A cursory reading of Scripture might leave a new reader wondering what exactly the Old and New Testaments have to do with each other—the Old Testament talks a lot about Yahweh; the New Testament seems primarily concerned with Jesus.   Where do the two (not forgetting the third!) persons of the Godhead meet?  Was there some kind of rotating duty among the persons of the Trinity during redemptive history?  Christmas is the time in which we celebrate the incarnation of Jesus Christ, the…

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The Mod | Is Faith Opposed to Evidence? – Christian Article

For the past fifteen or twenty years, ‘faith-based’ culture has enjoyed something of a resurgence—faith-based films do well at the box-office, faith-based books regularly dominate the bestseller lists, and meditation / mindfulness / wellness seminars abound.  What exactly is ‘faith’?  Is faith the warm assurance of a higher order that helps us make sense of the world?   Is religious faith substantively different from rational belief?  Editor-in-chief Michael Horton sat down with a few friends to discuss it. Michael Horton:  Today,…

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The Mod | “When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People by” Duane R. Bidwell – Christian Article

It’s fitting that a book about the phenomenon of “spiritual fluidity” or “religious multiplicity” should aspire to be several things at once.  Duane R. Bidwell’s When One Religion Isn’t Enough: The Lives of Spiritually Fluid People aims to describe the experience of participating in more than one religion while also helping the spiritually fluid feel less alone, while also persuading the monoreligious to approve religious multiplicity.  Readers who already practice syncretism or identify themselves as spiritually fluid will probably take…

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The Mod | “The Nationalist Revival: Trade, Immigration, and the Revolt Against Globalism” by John B. Judis – Christian Article

Words like “globalism,” “nativism,” “populist backlash,” and “liberal elites” pepper thinkpieces trying to make sense of anti-EU movements and Donald Trump’s presidency. Amidst the speculation, John Judis has written a short book arguing for the importance of nationalism and the dangers of ignoring it, holding forth the promise of an explanation for recent events. He doesn’t quite deliver on that promise, but The Nationalist Revival raises important questions for the thoughtful citizen. Judis aims to rehabilitate nationalism as a neutral…

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