“There’s a chicken-and-egg problem here. Levin wants us to muster the virtue necessary to reinvigorate our institutions, yet these very institutions are necessary to form our virtue. He acknowledges institutional breakdown and moral decay is a vicious cycle. How do we break the cycle?”
“We’re living in a golden age of political theory. Because the culture war shows no signs of abating, because we have no shared public philosophy, American intellectuals have been working overtime to explain the political breakdown and prescribe solutions. Some, like Jonah Goldberg in Suicide of the West, argue for a reaffirmation of classical liberal values.…”
READ MORE via Can Institutions Save America? — The Gospel Coalition
Weekly Links is a new segment where I share what I’ve been reading and other internet resources that I hope you find helpful. Please share your own links in the comments!
With the March for Life just around the corner on Friday Jan. 24th at our nations capitol, it seems the debate on the legality of abortion as a “right” is reaching its boiling point. It is my personal opinion that 2020 will be the year that we see PP v. Casey (as the current ruling upholding Roe v. Wade) overturned at the Supreme Court level, but only time will tell. While we wait, let’s educate ourselves on the reality of the industry and the laws (and media narrative) that enable it to flourish, and let’s also continue to pray for hearts and minds to be opened to the truth.
For further reading:
Favorite Pro-Life Follows on Instagram:
- Christina M. Bennett – known as @blackprolifewoman, she is a writer and speaker with a powerful personal testimony of her own mother choosing life!
- Lila Rose – founder of LiveAction, the leading pro-life advocacy organization of our day (great place to start to become educated on the topic.)
- Elisha Krauss – media (and fashion) maven who embodies the pro-life ethic–strong women who love their families!
- Abby Johnson – former Planned Parenthood director turned pro-life leader (the movie Unplanned was based on her story!)
What are you reading/watching/listening to this week? Share your links in the comments!
“Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord.” (Luke 2:10-11)
Glory be, we are almost to Christmas day!
We are exactly a week away from Christmas and I don’t know about you, but our family is pumped. We are ready for slow mornings and cinnamon rolls; for special homemade treats given to folks we love; for cuddling up by the fire; for reading the Christmas Story with all of our extended family (right before we dive into a delicious feast and secret Santa gifts!)
What just happened? On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court left in place a Kentucky law that requires abortionists to perform ultrasounds and show fetal images to patients before they can perform abortions. The law had been upheld by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the high court declined, without comment, to hear an appeal.…
via The FAQs: Supreme Court Upholds Kentucky Abortion Law — The Gospel Coalition
Did y’all watch the David French vs. Sohrab Ahmari debate last Thursday? I finally got around to watching the replay (above) over the weekend and boy howdy was it fun.*
(*Fun is a relative term. Do you find political/religious pundits trying not to punch each other in front of a tense crowd, fun? If so, you’ll love this!)
Continue reading “Thoughts on the French/Ahmari debate (or, why the struggle for conservatism will endure)”
John Wesley on everyday theology in the public square:
“Passion and prejudice govern the world; only under the name of reason. It is our part, by religion and reason joined, to counteract them all we can.”
— from a letter in The Works of John Wesley
Yesterday Project Veritas, the team of undercover investigative journalists lead by James O’Keefe, broke the story that yet another social media giant has been actively suppressing conservative speech.
Continue reading “Pinterest is Exposed for Censorship (how do we respond?)”
Hey y’all, I know we are living in a weird time for our country. It feels like we’re going through puberty or something, right? Lots of emotions and yelling matches and growth spurts and then we all crash for like, ten hours of sleep and a sandwich before the cycle starts all over again. The early teen years are rough but they’re also amazing- remember what it was like to have all night conversations with your best friend about whatever existential crisis you were facing at the moment? It was like you were waking up to the whole wide world around you and your own small, but significant, place in it.
Continue reading “America, the Tween: will we ever grow up?”
The Story: In a recent Supreme Court opinion, Justice Clarence Thomas connected the dots between eugenics and abortion. In response, abortion supporters are attempting to discredit him in hopes that Americans won’t learn the truth. The Background: Earlier this week the Supreme Court declined to review Box v. Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky. That…
via Justice Clarence Thomas Gives America a Lesson on Eugenics and Abortion — The Gospel Coalition
As Alabama and Ohio are passing legislation effectively banning abortions in their respective states this week, the online “conversation” (if you can even call it that) on the topic has reached a fever pitch. This is a cause that I care deeply about and have invested my own time, money, energy, and tears over, so I understand the passion that America is feeling right now. Wherever you are on the spectrum of opinion about abortion, I can almost guarantee that you have a personal story to support your position…and these stories are not easy ones. They are full of fear, regret, and pain. Some of the heartache is thrust upon us, some of it is our own making. All of it is the product of sin, the original wayward step towards our own autonomy.
Continue reading “countering “the patriarchy” (we need good men)”