Some Tasty Morsels of Blogdom

Is it just me, or has the blogosphere churned out some unusually fine fare over the past week or so?  Well, the narrow corner of it I sample certainly has.  Here’s some highlights you should check out:

Peter Leithart bucks the Moscow trend by offering a qualified endorsement at First Things of the recent growth of evangelical interest in social justice.  In particular, he turns to the Torah to confirm the importance of this concern, but also to critique facile equations of Christian justice with welfare statism.  If we want to care for the poor the way God wants, we should pay careful attention to the view of property and poverty enshrined in these laws, and the way they worked in practice, rather than simply appealing to vague “Jubilee principles.”  Any regular reader of this blog knows that this has been a prominent theme in my own thinking and writing for the past couple years, and that Leithart is my patron saint–so naturally, I was pretty jazzed about this essay.

Stewart Clem at Transpositions offers the finest reflection I have yet encountered on Tree of Life, a film of breathtaking beauty and theological depth which has occupied my thoughts daily since I saw it two weeks ago.  The gist of Clem’s reading–the film is not, in fact, about the dichotomy of nature and grace, as it seems to claim; rather, it teaches us that nature is graced, and it is only our fallen distortions of it that make us unable to recognize it.

Davey Henreckson, after a long period of comparative blogging dormancy, has erupted in the last week with a pair of fine posts on Annabel Brett’s new book Changing States.  The most recent of these, on the relationship of natural virtue and God’s law in early Protestant political theology, is right up my alley, even majoring on that oft-neglected but ever-fascinating Florentine, Peter Martyr Vermigli.

Finally, Jeremy Kidwell, having just migrated to a new blog home, www.domesticatedtheology.com, offers some provocative reflections on Protestantism, vocations, and intentional communities.  This post almost exactly echoed some thoughts that I recently shared with a friend, and that I’ve been continuing to reflect on; I never discussed them with Jeremy, but we did have a meal together that day…must’ve been some mental osmosis going on.

10 thoughts on “Some Tasty Morsels of Blogdom

  1. Brad Littlejohn

    You betcha. I was a fan of him already from his books, but he's been my teacher and mentor for years, and there's no one I respect more. I even wrote a poem in his honour once. 🙂

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  2. Bradley

    As a third party, I can "unbiasedly" say, Dr Leithart's sociopolitical and economic views are closer to Bradford's than to Doug Wilson's.

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  3. Brad Littlejohn

    Ha! Unbiased third party my foot! Nevertheless, thank you Bradley–I certainly like to think that is the case (though it's rather amusing to hear it phrased that way–someone trying to triangulate Dr. Leithart's views vis-a-vis mine, rather than vice versa).

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  4. Brad Littlejohn

    Well maybe you should read his blog, instead of trying to figure out the answer by reading through the lines of this one! He's blogged about empire pretty much every week for the last three years…a subject he's quite fascinated with. The short answer is that his view is (as on most questions) very nuanced.

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  5. AJ

    I do read his blog constantly. But I think most of his posts are more considerations or angles or different perspectives – less overt. Yours is more overt and opinionated, which is why I enjoy reading it.

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  6. Brad Littlejohn

    Ah yes, he's a slippery eel…avoids ever saying too bluntly what he thinks. That's the only way to survive as long as he has in such a polarised corner of the Reformed world. Though he admitted to me once that it was less a survival strategy, and more because he just didn't instinctively form opinions on most things until compelled to, and in fact sometimes wished he was more opinionated.

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