The Leading Edge is a weekly peek into what we’re reading and thinking through. Maybe you have read them; maybe you have not. Here’s a chance to catch up on news and information at the intersection of gender and the public square, with a the spice of worldview thrown in for flavor. See something we missed? Tweet it to us: @CBMWEdge. And, if you see something you have some thoughts on, write it up and send it to us (DM through Twitter to let us know).
The Most Influential Essay You’ve Never Read – Think this whole redefinition of marriage thing just happened by chance? Nope. Joe Carter nails it in this explanatory note at Canon and Culture. Read it. Feel duped. Do something about it.
Transgender Student Files Complaint Against Christian College – File this under one more reason Christianity needs a collective statement on human sexuality – one that will teach and provide theological authority in equal measure.
Platt on Young Evangelicals and Cultural Engagement – “We live in a day that we can be passionate in our stand against poverty and slavery, injustice that we need to stay passionately against, but issues that don’t bring us into conflict with the culture around us.” There’s a lot more. Read it.
Douthat: Diversity and Dishonesty – Bravo: “It would be a far, far better thing if Harvard and Brandeis and Mozilla would simply say, explicitly, that they are as ideologically progressive as Notre Dame is Catholic or B. Y.U. is Mormon or Chick-fil-A is evangelical, and that they intend to run their institution according to those lights. I can live with the progressivism. It’s the lying that gets toxic.”
Milbank Incoherent on Marriage – I like Mollie Hemingway’s writing.
Christianity Packs Its Office and Leaves the Building – Some call this acerbic. Others sarcastic. Me? I think it’s a brilliant piece by Jonathan Leeman that you should read right now. Go ahead. We’ll wait.
SSM Brings the End of Family Autonomy – “Without civil marriage, the family can no longer exist autonomously and serve as a wall of separation between the individual and the state. This has huge implications for the survival of freedom of association.” Read also the six indicators that we’re heading for the abolition of civil marriage.
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