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Chernobyl

By Andrew | July 20, 2019

In his 1970 Nobel Prize speech, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn said: “Those works of art which have scooped up the truth and presented it to us as a living force – they take hold of us, compel us, and nobody ever, not even in ages to come, will appear to refute them.” From the mind of writer…

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We’ve come a long way since Cranmer called the pope the antichrist

By Andrew | July 20, 2019

In 1971, Hunter S Thompson looked back on his time in San Francisco in the mid-1960s in one wistful passage from his most famous specimen of gonzo journalism, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas. He recalled it as “the kind of peak that never comes again”. Sixties idealism came and went. In the midst of…

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Seculosity

By Andrew | April 1, 2019

I wholeheartedly recommend David Zahl’s new book, Seculosity, available today! Please go order it (and pick up my book too if you haven’t yet!). I’ve never met David in the flesh, but I expect to do so very soon when he comes through Nashville on his book tour in May. But I feel like I…

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My Catholic Conversion Story

By Andrew | January 29, 2019

“On the morning of January 1, 2019, my family and I began a new life in the Catholic Church. At Mass for the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, my wife and two children and I were received, confirmed and made our first Communion together at St Patrick’s Church in Nashville, Tennessee. Until the day…

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The Top 10 Times Jesus Wasn’t Nice

By Andrew | June 11, 2018

My two small children have a knack for boiling all virtue and vice down into two categories: “Nice” and “mean.” I’m no grouch about that. I want nice children. And as basic civic values go in a diverse society, decency, courtesy, and tolerance are important. “Nice” works a lot of the time. But when more…

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Conserving the West

By Andrew | June 11, 2018

Sir Roger Scruton was born four years after Winston Churchill’s encouragement to his people after Dunkirk. Scruton is unabashedly Western and English. He is a nationalist and Christian, and he is extremely skeptical of the post-war values that have subsumed his society and culture. He worries about the West, and in his advancing years he…

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The End of Beauty

By Andrew | June 11, 2018

We Christians do not swear by our altars or the precious metals that surround them; but we should focus on their purpose, their end. We build beautiful churches, design beautiful buildings, and care about our personal appearance for a reason. We who love the Lord cherish the stuff around us because it is his, and…

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The Conservative Christian Mind

By Andrew | June 11, 2018

In 1953 Russell Kirk published his famous manifesto The Conservative Mind, which offered a narrative account of a movement that contrasts with post-Enlightenment progressivism. From its beginning, conservatism has been against things and for things. It is not an inexplicable series of reactions. It is neither standing still nor walking backward. Some changes are intolerable, but many changes are desirable,…

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Guaranteed Grace

By Andrew | February 15, 2018

Grace is the activity of God in our lives and in the life of the world. Grace is the way we talk about a God who intervenes. Grace is the way we know that God will never leave us alone. Grace is the guarantee of transformation from Him who knows us better than we know…

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Bogey in the Big 80’s

By Andrew | January 11, 2018

The Netflix original series Stranger Things, which debuted in 2016, is an unapologetic homage to ’80s weirdness and goodness. Moreover, it is a fairy tale. And as G.K. Chesterton says, “Fairy tales do not give the child his first idea of bogey. What fairy tales give the child is his first clear idea of the…

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