Turley Talks Blog

Poland Is The Model Christian Nation For All Of Europe

With Trump’s visit to Warsaw, I could not help but think of the summer of 1979, when the recently elected pope, John Paul II, passed through the Iron Curtain, to his homeland of Poland. And over the course of nine days, the world witnessed a profound display of...

Sports on Sundays: The Consequences of Skipping Church

In one sense, Eric Liddell had been training for the 1924 Summer Olympics in Paris his whole life. When confronted by his sister that he was spending too much time training and not focusing on his future missionary endeavors to China, he told her: “Jenny, Jenny,...

Virtue Matters: The Decline of the Secular University

“Without a narrative, life has no meaning. Without meaning, learning has no purpose. Without a purpose, schools are houses of detention, not attention.” – Neil Postman (This essay was originally posted on The Imaginative Conservative.) By now few are unaware of the...

What Is Beauty and Why Does It Matter?

The current renaissance of classical Christian education is representing nothing less than an educational renewal throughout our nation. And at the heart of this renewal is recovery of the classical values known as Truth, Goodness, and Beauty, which have not fared...

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...

Race Wars: Why Secular Conceptions of Race are Collapsing

Dallas, Georgia, Michigan, Baton Rouge, now Milwaukee is in flames; revenge shootings in just the last month have killed twice as many police officers in the line of duty from last year. Even after five officers were gunned down in Dallas, the heated racial rhetoric...

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...

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...