By Jonathon Van Maren The release of Rod Dreher’s The Benedict Option: A Strategy for Christians in a Post-Christian Nation last month marks the arrival of a book hotly debated in Christian circles since long before its publication. Rod Dreher, the author of wonderful books such as The Little Way of Ruthie Leming: A Southern…Details
By Jonathon Van Maren While there are many ironies in the realm of politics that provoke painful chuckles from those of us who follow them, there is perhaps none so galling as the renewed attacks on Christian schools by the most repugnant member of Alberta Premier Rachel Notley’s cabinet, Education Minister David Eggen. In the…Details
By Jonathon Van Maren Islamic militants greeted the arrival of Palm Sunday in Egypt with two suicide bombings, one in St. Mark’s Cathedral, the seat of the Coptic Church in Alexandria, and the other in Tanta, where the bomber transformed a joyful celebration into horrifying carnage when he detonated himself at the very front of…Details
By Jonathon Van Maren Louis C.K. is crude, misogynist, and profane. While none of those things are particularly unusual for a comedian, Louis C.K. generally attempts to take things to the next level with humor so dark and nihilist that many of his listeners cringe while they laugh. In some ways, he’s the anti-hero who…Details
By Jonathon Van Maren Society at large continues to grapple with the fact that the wide-scale pornification of our culture is coming at a brutally high cost—especially to girls and women. Alabama, for example, is taking a look at legislative ways of addressing the problem: When Alabama lawmakers return to the Capitol next week they…Details
It’s been awhile since I wrote a “State of the Culture” update, because I’ve been keeping up with a lot of the culture news by writing columns on individual issues. But the news is coming in a bit of a torrent these days, so I’ll be writing a few more of them lately. **** The…Details
By Jonathon Van Maren Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve written a few columns on the dangerous ideologies of the alt-right, culminating with a rather long one over at LifeSiteNews on Friday. Several of the alt-righters have been very irritated by this, and a fellow calling himself “Hunter Wallace”—his real name is Bradley Griffin—wrote…Details
Progressives are outraged that Mike Pence protects his marriage from the sexual culture they created
By Jonathon Van Maren Media figures, pundits, and commentators spend a decent portion of their time these days enthusiastically advocating for all sorts of new sexual lifestyles—their championing of gay marriage has quickly moved on to discussions surrounding the benefits of polyamory, the consensus they insist exists on transgenderism, and the rising trend of “open…Details
Rod Dreher, author of The Little Way of Ruthie Leming, How Dante Saved My Life, and now The Benedict Option, joined Jonathon Van Maren to discuss how Christians are to respond to a post-Christian age. Dreher blogs daily over at the American Conservative, discussing the challenges Christians face in a secular age.
JJ McCullough is an editorial cartoonist and columnist, writing regularly for Loonie Politics and the Washington Post, as well as publishing recent essays in publications such as the National Review. He joins Jonathon Van Maren to discuss the future of conservatism in North America.