The Corner

“I Am Not a Conservative Christian”

. . . is an interesting essay by, well, a conservative Christian. Indeed, that’s what makes the article so fascinating. It is a left-wing cliche to observe that conservative Christians are more conservative than Christian–and of course, what the typical left-winger means by that is that he wishes people would stop replacing God’s Word with their right-wing shibboleths, and start replacing God’s Word with his left-wing shibboleths. In this essay, by contrast, the author calls for Christians to engage in a drastic revision of the place of political controversy on their list of spiritual priorities.

It is a religious essay, not a political one; and I’m not endorsing all of its conclusions. Indeed, I have a question for NRO readers about it. One of the best-written passages takes Bill O’Reilly to task for calling a pro-life activist a “fanatic.” (The author writes: “If Mr. O’Reilly would read the Bible, he would find out about the ultimate ‘no spin zone’–the judgment of a Holy God.”) I don’t watch O’Reilly very regularly–has he in fact done this? And if he did, was he referring to some particular person who was unhinged–i.e., a bona fide fanatic–or was he displaying contempt for our movement in general?

The author of the essay is Michael Spencer, whose blogsite, Internet Monk, is generally thought-provoking. (Spencer is an Evangelical dissatisfied with certain culture-bound aspects of Evangelicalism, and looking to the broader tradition of the Christian faith as a corrective.)

Most Popular


Is Journalism School Worth It?

Clarence Darrow dropped out of law school after just a year, figuring that he would learn what he needed to know about legal practice faster if he were actually doing it than sitting in classrooms. (Today, that wouldn't be possible, thanks to licensing requirements.) The same thing is true in other fields -- ... Read More

Microscopic Dots. Let’s Look at Them.

Stuart E. Eizenstat has written a big book on the Carter presidency. (Eizenstat was Carter’s chief domestic-policy adviser. He also had a substantial hand in foreign affairs.) I have reviewed the book for the forthcoming NR. Eizenstat tells the story of a meeting between President Carter and Andrei Gromyko, the ... Read More

Why North Korea Isn’t Going to Give Up Its Nukes

Responding to reports that North Korea said it “no longer needs” nuclear tests, Jim Hanson, president of the generally pro-Trump Security Studies Group, credited President Trump. “No one was expecting anything to come of Trump’s fiery rhetoric, except people who understand that diplomacy works better ... Read More