Wholly Citizens: Bierman on the Two Kingdoms

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Wholly Citizens: God’s Two Realms and Christian Engagement With the World — Luther’s framework of the two realms is often misunderstood and misrepresented.  Bierman wisely begins his work not with Rom. 13 but with Luther’s provocative treatment of Ps. 82. He examines Luther’s later interpreters–some accurate, others not so much–and how the two kingdoms doctrine has […]

Tenure and Christian Universities


The War on Tenure: Universities are supposed to be institutions dedicated to the pursuit of truth as a common good, and faculty, given their training, ought to be accorded a certain deference as leaders in that pursuit. Administrators only exist to facilitate the necessary work to secure this common good as the basis of university […]

Rethinking Civil Religion

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Comment, Summer 2017: This issue explores expressions of civil religion that deserve serious consideration because, as implausible as it might seem, civil religion is an irreplaceable moral source of civil society. In fact, reconsidering civil religion is necessary precisely because civil religion is inevitable. It’s not a question of whether we have a civil religion, but […]

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The Growing Moral Pessemism


Moral Outrage in America Is Now for Everybody: In a recent poll, Gallup found a widening embrace for more than a dozen moral issues, including record-high acceptance for gay relationships, divorce, pornography, polygamy, and physician-assisted suicide. The church today finds itself in a precarious position, as an ethical shift pushes public opinion in favor of stances that […]

Luther: The Documentary

Here He Stood: Talking with the Creators of ‘Luther’ — This interview on the production of the documentary, Luther: The Life and Legacy of the German Reformer, discusses selection rationales for presenting complex content. Students can consider the decisions needed for communicating theology, history, and biography as well as some key themes from the Reformation.  The […]

Case: Public Schools and Religious Diversity

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San Diego schools sued over anti-Islamophobia campaign: Public schools now often find themselves in untenable situations regarding religious diversity in a society that no longer adheres to a shared narrative of life.  Students can use this case to examine conflicting norms, values, and aims in education and the viability of public education in 21st century […]

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