Democracy, The Individual, and Moral Revolutions (Part 4)

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3 Is Democracy Traditional or Not? The “progressive” moral revolution of the last half century is not in fact all that “progressive” when considered against the backdrop of traditional American values. Given the moral contours of democracy it is not surprising that American history in crisis times, continues to return to […]

Democracy, The Individual, and Moral Revolutions (Part 3)

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Conservative Progressives and Progressive Conservatives Cultural change, as James Hunter has appropriately reminded us in his provocative work, To Change the World, is often far too complex for us ever to suppose that it was “engineered” by a special interest group. Institutions and ideas intersect at so many […]

Democracy, The Individual, and Moral Revolutions (Part 2)

Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Discrimination Can Cut Two Ways In Al Mohler’s op ed piece in the Wall Street Journal on July 1, 2011 (“Evangelicals and the Gay Moral Revolution”), he correctly noted how quickly American moral intuitions have changed on the issue of homosexuality. In contrast to earlier moral transitions which […]

Democracy, The Individual, and Moral Revolutions (Part 1)

Part 2, Part 3, Part 4 Moral Evolution or Revolution? Al Mohler, the President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY wrote an op ed piece (“Evangelicals and the Gay Moral Revolution”) in the Wall Street Journal on July 1, 2011 It was unusual on several fronts. An essay which is openly evangelical in […]

Justification and Union: From Judge to Father

Kevin Vanhoozer has recently written, “Justification by faith alone in Christ alone”, is the instrument by which our relation to God changes from that of a guilty party before a judge, to that of a child before his/her loving Father.” (Wrighting the Wrongs of the Reformation: The State of the Union with Christ in St. […]

Is Justification The Doctrine on Which the Church Stands or Falls?

The place of justification in the Protestant understanding of salvation has recently been criticized from a number of quarters.  Common to many of these criticisms is the concern that though justification may be important, it is not the sole means by which the Gospel is narrated in Scripture – and if this is so, so […]

Double Imputation – What Is It?

At the heart of the Protestant consensus about the Gospel for the last 500 years is claim that our sins are imputed to Christ, and Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us.  This is “double imputation”.  Others have called it the “Great Exchange”.  Christ has died in our place, and in exchange we have been given […]