1.  “On Victimization as Racism” by Collin Brendemuehl

It comes in multiple forms. It comes on all sorts of colors (pun not intended). And sometimes it hides against the wallpaper and is difficult to discern. But it is there and it haunts humanity like the Predator hunted down Arnold. It is racism.

Caleb Rosado notes three contexts from which racism expresses itself: Individual, Institutional, and Cultural. He also notes that it is at home in the cognition, emotions, and behaviors of the individual. But sadly his solution is the deontological ("ought") approach that leaves people asking "Why?" and without a moral foundation. His solutions are matters of policy — change behaviors and beliefs and the problem will disappear. Such optimism.  (read the rest)

2.  “The Uneasy Union: Social Conservatives’ Place in the Republican Party” by Matthew Lee Anderson

Last Thursday, Maggie Gallagher pronounced that the trouble with social conservatives is that they “have had bad models for political action” and that they “lack institutions that can defeat our enemies and directly assist our friends.”

Gallagher’s analysis is interesting and insightful.  But for whatever shortcomings social conservatives have politically, Gallagher’s point masques the true problem with the social conservative alliance with the Republican Party.  Fundamentally, it is an uneasy union, for the principles driving the major wings of the Republican party–the libertarians and economic conservatives–are undercutting the social conservative case in the public squre. (read the rest)

3.  “Hungry and Humbled or Proud and Prosperous?” by Joe Chavez

Aside from the many things God has done for me and my family, one thing He has definitely taken care of in the past 10 years are my jobs. Indeed, the last four jobs I’ve gotten were definitely not something I had much to do with. I basically just showed up to the interview and sent my résumés. God did all the work. It’s so obvious to me when I think back.

So why do I struggle with it this time, this uncertainty with my job? Has He not shown me? Where is my faith and trust?  (read the rest)

4.  “An Uncalled for Low Blow” by Rich Bordner

Last night I participated in a Facebook discussion in the wake of the Prop 8 court decision.

One guy who was for same-sex marriage kept bringing up divorce, using it to hammer Christians and conservatives over the head.  I have seen this time and again in discussions on same-sex marriage: “I don’t hear any Christians campaigning about divorce, yet Christians get divorced just as much as non-Christians.  Why doesn’t anyone get up in arms about that?  You all need to get your own house in order before hating on gays.”

Some even tout the 50% statistic: that 50% of Christian marriages end up in divorce.  (read the rest)

5.  “Six Views on the Creation/Evolution Debate” by C. Michael Patton

He discusses the following:

  • Young Earth Creationism
  • Gap Theory Creationists
  • Time-Relative Creationism
  • Old Earth Creationists
  • Theistic Evolution (with a literal Adam and Eve)
  • Theistic Evolutionists (no literal Adam and Eve)
  1. I particularly liked number 2. The author makes some very good points about compatibility between differing ideologies. As an economically liberal pro-life Christian (who incidentally supports gay marriage) I find it interesting how difficult it is to find the “right” party. While I identify myself as a democrat, I wish there were more pro-life democratic candidates. I wonder if the author's interests as a social conservative would be best served by reforming the republican party economically or reforming the democratic party socially. I think a third party “Christian Democrat” party would be futile, personally.

    As an aside, why is it (historically or philosophically) that republican issues have ended up clustered like this. For instance, pro-life, pro-gun, Christian, anti-gay marriage, small government, and (in broad strokes) pro-war can all be said of the Republican party. What inherently ties these groups together? Some fit well, but what inherently makes a Christian pro-gun or a pro-lifer also pro-war? I've never understood the mix.

  2. “Pro-gun” doesn't mean “pro-violence” Brian. You could hunt. It is also a desire to have liberty as well. I don't think there is anything inconsistent with being Christian and also wanting the Constitution upheld. Also I don't know of anybody, military who is “pro-war.” I hate war, I wish it were unnecessary, but I also don't see a clear admonition that Christians can't serve in the military nor countries can't go to war. Throughout history, the Church mostly has held to a just war theory (Francis of Assisi).

    Not saying all Christians have to hold that view obviously, but those are gray areas where sincere believers are found on both sides.

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