The Power and Privilege in Evangelical Identity Politics 

Since the election of Donald Trump, an internal debate has arisen in the liberal ranks over identity politics. Many liberals blame the exclusionary nature of identity politics for Hillary’s loss. The identities of identity politics all have a common enemy: the white male. Liberals found, to their surprise, that not every poor, working-class white male was willing to do public […]

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The Fallacy of the Hidden Major Premise

The Fallacy of the Hidden Major Premise This fallacy is the presentation of a minor premise and conclusion without stating the inconvenient major premise involved. It’s a type of enthymeme, though highly problematic. Here is a popular example. Minor premise: In the New Jerusalem there will be many tribes, tongues, and nations. Conclusion: The earthly […]

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The Civil Defense of Christianity

A. (1) Civil government ought to recognize, protect, and privilege true religion. (2) The Christian religion is the true religion. (3) Civil government ought to recognize, protect, and privilege the Christian religion. Though supported by classical pagan authors (Plato, Aristotle, Cicero, etc.), the medieval tradition, and the Reformed tradition, the major premise is the most […]

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Fearing Heaven

The Christian’s duty is to direct his attention to heavenly things, to those promises he will see realized in the life to come. Indeed, he should want his thoughts to be on heavenly life, for it is a life of worship, joy, and bliss. Yet, however odd it might seem, there are Christians who actually […]

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Against Reformed Catholicism

Last month, Mark Jones, a Presbyterian theologian and pastor, published an article at The Calvinist International entitled “Against Calvinism.” The click-baity title leads to an argument against the usefulness of the label “Calvinism.” He rightly points out the oddity of the baptist use of the term. Calvin himself fiercely attacked the radical anabaptists and would have […]

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“Gospel Duties” and the Natural Order

Evangelicals often use the word “gospel” as an adjective when talking about engaging the culture: “gospel justice,” “gospel prudence,” “gospel love,” etc. Though these terms are vague, they seem to indicate some significant role of the Gospel in shaping the Christian’s public and political life. The “gospel” modifies some term, forming something distinctively Christian. While […]

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