Turley Talks Blog

What is a Distinctively Christian Politics?

Every year, in the context of my teaching and speaking, I get asked the question: What is the Christian vision of politics? How should we think about politics from a genuinely Christian vantage point? I think the most important thing when it comes to a distinctively...

President Trump and the Global Religious Right

By now we are all too familiar with the refrains resounding from the mainstream media that celebrated prematurely the inevitable landslide victory of Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. One of my favorites was from CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, who predicted confidently a few...

The Reawakening of Christian Civilization in Eastern Europe

Recently, there’s been some very impressive examples of the reawakening of Christian civilization in Eastern Europe. First, let’s look at what happened recently in Poland. In a ceremony at the Church of Divine Mercy in Krakow last November 19th, the Catholic Bishops...

Education’s Post-Secular “War on Science”

Lawrence Krauss, professor at Arizona State University, recently opined in The New Yorker that the Trump administration is declaring a “war on science.” With the nomination of Betsy DeVos as education secretary, Krauss foregrounds education as part of this battle:...

Theophany: The Cosmic Significance of Christ’s Baptism

For centuries, the Orthodox Church has appropriated January 6th as the occasion to remember and commemorate the baptism of Christ by John in the Jordan River. The celebration is known as "Theophany," which stems from the Ancient Greek term for the "appearance of a...

The Fall of Globalism? The Worldwide Nationalist Blowback

In a recent post, I explored the radically dehumanizing nature of globalization and the rise of what C.S. Lewis called the conditioner class. Through a process known as disembedding, globalization hollows out and erodes a culture’s traditions, customs, and religions,...

The New Year: The Mystery of Time by Alexander Schmemann

On New Year’s Eve we feel the mystery of time more powerfully than at any other time. We feel, in other words, that its flow – in which we live and in which everything constantly vanishes as the “past” and constantly places us face to face with the unknown future –...

Are We Experiencing a Pro-Life Spring?

Is this the beginnings of a pro-life spring in the midst of winter? You may have heard that Gov. John Kasich has signed legislation banning abortions after the 20th week of pregnancy. Gov. Kasich’s abortion ban is highly apropos around this Christmas time of year. Not...

12 Classic Christmas Books Every Christian Should Read

Every year, Christians set aside times to reflect on and contemplate significant events in the life of Christ. Historically, contemplation involves a beholding of reality, a knowledge of as opposed to the more practical elements of knowing how.  It is through...

Christ vs. Caesar: Jesus, Pilate, and the Clash of Gospels

The Gospel of Mark begins with these words: “The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the son of God.” The terms “gospel” and “son of God” were by no means unique to first-century Christians. Indeed, Isaiah 52:7 envisioned the “good news” of the restoration of...

President Trump and Our Post-Secular Future

“Imagine what our country could accomplish if we started working together as one people, under one God, saluting one American flag.” Donald J. Trump So on Monday morning, I posted a video on my YouTube channel predicting a Trump win on Tuesday, November 8. I saw the...

A Harmonious Cosmos: The Shape of Ancient Greek Education

Among the myriad of achievements that ancient Greek civilization is noted for, perhaps its most enduring legacy was the unique educational project known as paideia. Flourishing in the fourth-century BC, the goal of paideia was the formation of a particular kind of...

Finding Forgiveness: The Parable of the Unmerciful Servant

We live in an age where we believe the most merciful thing we can do is to remove the whole basis of mercy. At the beginning of the twentieth-century, G.K. Chesterton quipped that the political liberal was advocating the strange idea that he will make it easier to...

Borders and Values: Why Christians Are Supporting Trump

Given the recent reminders of Trump's character flaws, many wonder why so many conservative Christians are attracted to Trump’s candidacy. For example, Russell Moore, head of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission, has been rather incredulous that so many...

Field of Dreams: Finding our True and Everlasting Home

Field of Dreams is about a man named Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner). He lives with his wife, Annie, and a young daughter on a farm in rural Iowa. Ray is in effect a washed up hippie; having inhaled deeply the radical idealism of the 1960s, he has only recently...