‘Kidult’ Cartoons in the Woke Imagination

A really remarkable piece on the popularity of some of the imagery being adopted by progressives in the West and what it speaks to.

Seven Years of Plenty

A striking feature of ideologies and political worldviews is the subterranean visual elements which form the background to the surface ideas. Often these are nostalgic, primeval and mythological. Roman conservatives regularly drew on the rough, harsh farming existence of their ancestors to buttress their ideals of ascetic virtue. Anarcho-primitivists drink from the waters of an idyllic hunter-gatherer life, full of leisure, community, singing and hunting. High Tories are often found with oil paintings of rustic Old England, and Nazis meshed together visions of dense woodland and salt-of-the-earth peasants resisting the corruption of Jewish colonised cities. These, and more alike, share the ingredients of a Golden Age nostalgia, something which has been with us as long as our stories have been recorded. The Greek city states, forged from the bronze age collapse, looked back to an era of heroes and monsters in their epic poetry. A sense of loss accompanies such…

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Thoughts on Milbank’s Twenty-Five Theses on Empire

What follows are my brief reflections on the Philosopher John Milbank's Theses on Empire originally published on the Theopolis Website. I originally wrote these as notes for an online discussion I had with the authors of the blogs: Scripture and Cities and Fiat Lustitia. My responses in some places are fairly informal given the conversational … Continue reading Thoughts on Milbank’s Twenty-Five Theses on Empire

‘If the Church of England really is a hallway…’ and other thoughts

It wasn’t long since I stepped away from the discernment process that lockdown began in the UK. A lot of my thinking about Church since then has been rendered pretty abstract since we can’t actually go anywhere, especially given we spent Easter in lockdown this year. Yet I can’t help but wonder what things will … Continue reading ‘If the Church of England really is a hallway…’ and other thoughts

Christian baptism: where do we go from here? by David F. Wright

David F. Wright, "Christian Baptism: where do we go from here?" The Evangelical Quarterly 78.2 (Apr.-June 2006): 163-169 Abstract Today paedobaptists increasingly recognize faith-baptism as the norm of Christian baptism, both in theology and in practice. Equally Baptists must recognize how minimal and rare were challenges to infant baptism prior to the Reformation. What is … Continue reading Christian baptism: where do we go from here? by David F. Wright

A brief autopsy of the methodology surrounding discernment and calling

When I started wondering about discernment there were two mental maps in my mind of what the process looked like. The first was based on my experiences, growing up I lived near London School of Theology and at my church we would frequently have theological students come and worship with us. When I was older … Continue reading A brief autopsy of the methodology surrounding discernment and calling