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Society’s Proper Foundation: Love

No pre-society civilization ever existed. All sentient moral beings are by definition relational. Therefore, man’s desire to love and be loved is the cause of …

American Conservatism in Hospice Care

The concept of “freedom” to many ostensible Conservatives today has nothing to do with virtue or the wisdom of tradition, but everything to do with …

Principle of Variegated Distribution

Different roles, different jobs, produce different rewards; Christ’s reward is His Bride and no one else’s. To attempt to redistribute rewards goes against justice as …

Secularism’s Demise

“Atheism is a strange thing. Even the devils never fell into that vice.” Secularism has tried to snuff out the candle of religion, but it …

Problems With Critical Race Theory Pt 1

This is the first of two essays discussing Critical Race Theory. This article discusses Delgado and Stefancic’s discussion on “nationalism,” followed by a brief discussion …

Does Cross-Dressing Apply to Today?

Cross-dressing is an abomination to God because it is a distortion to His creation. The police force and military ought to be cut-and-dry cases against …

What was the Revolution?

The Revolution is essentially an epistemic rebellion against the authority and will of God. This epistemic rebellion was rightly identified by our conservative fathers as …
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Calvin’s Political Theology

The Calvinistic confession of the sovereignty of God holds good for all the world, is true for all nations, and is of force in all …

Conservatism and Sola Scriptura

How Sola Scripture fits with the principles of conservatism is the thread of our life tapestry. It keeps us together, guiding us to keep our …

The Authority of the State

In our efforts to shape culture according to an Authority in which the world does not believe, too many Christians have it backwards. We ask …

The Problem with Borders

Oikophilia, the love of home. Do we have a duty to protect it and even share it? Is there a disctinction between immigration and assimilation?

When Justice Is Not All-Important

Liberals and Libertarians reject order as an ethical principle, conservative Christians do not. Read a defense of order as a precondition to justice.

How to Restore Community and Home

Community-building then is none other than home-building, and home-building is none other than—when understood broadly—love-making, though the narrow sense works as well.

Solution to the Revolution

What is capable of guaranteeing the social order after the great masses have reconsidered its foundations? What is the solution to our revolution?

Disobedience as Ritual Magic

Man, being now in a fallen state, is at enmity with this natural order of things and seeks to suppress the glory of God. In …

Dabney’s Refutation of Relativism

Robert Dabney was the Southern Presbyterian theologian and professor of ethics during the late 1800s, who provides a helpful polemic against moral relativism.

Was F.J. Stahl a Relativist?

There is a developing renaissance of historic conservatism, in part due to many recent translations, among which is the nineteenth century German legal theorist Friedrich …

The Reformed Distinctive

The fastest route to innovation is to study what has already been created, for only God creates ex nihilo.

Herman Bavinck: A Short Biography

Herman Bavinck was a deep thinker, an active churchman, compassionate statesman and possibly the most influential theologian born in the Netherlands.

Machen: Politically Incorrect

According to Machen, the state was an involuntary organization whose duty was to protect the freedom of individuals, families, and other private associations.

Augustine On Social Justice

To Augustine, we have two ways of acquiring justice: transcendent and immanent. Some describe imminent justice as legal justice and transcendent justice as religious justice. …

Whiteness, Blackness, Christless

The racial reconciliation movement within the church is supposedly intended to reconcile Whiteness and Blackness. It’s apparently designed to rebuke racism within the Church and …

The Case For Fusionism

Since the early days of the conservative movement, conservatives and libertarians have uneasily coexisted as combatants in the fight against liberal authoritarianism. That both groups …

Reparations and Ezra 6

Should Christians support reparations for American slavery? Some evangelicals believe so. Some have even attempted to make a biblical argument for reparations.

The Dark Side of Feminism

“The nuclear family must be destroyed…whatever its ultimate meaning, the break-up of families now is an objectively revolutionary process,” hailed Linda Gordon. Is Feminism the …

Social Welfare Programs and Christians

How engaged should Christians be in the realms of cultural and social issues, of poverty and oppression? Could good intentions produce negative results and ultimately …

Augustine’s Political Theology

The Augustinian anthropology of sin contained an ethical implication. Members of the City of God have a duty to love God, for this alone restores …

A Depraved New World

Sex is one of the most foundational issues in our culture today. Read more to see what caused the dramatic shift in our culture’s attitude …

Should We Condemn Privilege?

Is it possible that God distributes benefits and priveleges the way he distributes talents, duties, and responsibilities? That is, unequally?

The Restless Heart of Public Education

In his collection of essays titled What’s Wrong with the World, G.K. Chesterton said that “education is tradition.” More modern sensibilities might object: education is …

The Dawn of Relativism

Walter Isaacson, Einstein’s biographer, explains, “If his theory of relativity produced ripples that unsettled the realms of morality and culture, this was not caused by …

Confounding the Postmodern Mind

Christians dare not succumb to either rationalism or relativism; rather, because of our mind’s limits and our sins, we must be dependent on revelation. The …

The Death of Chivalry

January 13, 2012, is a harsh reminder that genders need to be well-defined. That day, the nations saw the horror of a world where chivalry …

Racism and Rational Discourse

To attribute racism and discrimination to all of these unequal distributions is to assume the worst. Scripture, however, commands us to assume the best.

The Old Soul vs the Noble Soul

The guardians of our past were the unsung heroes of their day. Will we be considered ‘old souls’ or ‘noble souls’? What should the genuine …

When Justice is not Christian

Justice today is defined socially instead of biblically. Without Christ, equality becomes the new right and society the new judge.

Christian Nationalism: An Introduction

Anthony Smith characterizes nationalism as a movement that seeks to preserve “national autonomy, unity, & identity” [1]. Starting with Smith’s definition as a general framework, …

The Reformation Principle

If we are to defeat the Revolution, we must have the Gospel stripped of all hindrances and set free from the superstitions in which Rome …

Patriotism vs Nationalism

Patriotism is loyalty to one’s nation. It is the love of a place, fellow countrymen, and local practices. Nationalism, on the other hand, can be …

The Father, Son, and Anti-racism

Fighting racism and injustice is noble; but if we’re not careful, we may find we’ve been fighting on the wrong side the whole time.

What is Critical Theory?

Critical theory seeks to obliterate differences of status and power since all differences are purely and artificially constructed not by God, but by man. The …

Groen’s Fight For Christian Education

Groen van Prinsterer’s battle for Christian education in the Netherlands took place during a time of increased deconfessionalization of the Dutch state and the liberalization …

Pseudo-Conservatism

We reject two kinds of false conservatism. Only a Biblical conservatism shall benefit society through the ages.

Judging our Judging

Can we have truth in our value judgments? Is truth relative and subjective? Are judgments declared simply opinion or can they be objectively true? Mortimer …

6 Fallacies of Liberalism

As unbridled optimism sweeps the nation, there are six fallacies of liberalism that conservatives should be aware of. Philosopher, Sir Roger Scruton documents these six …

The Rise of Secular Humanism

The Rise of Secular Humanism towards Rational Oneism: The article overviews Peter Jones’ Oneism: how this cultures’ ideology leads to paganism.

Breaking Boundaries

Orthodoxy gave way to “tolerance” as the goal of the church. Liberal factions grew until in the 1920’s they gained control of the major Protestant …

What is the Revolution?

Is revolution the same as rebellion or the same as political freedom? If not, then what is the revolution?

How to Define Christian Liberty

To be able to distinguish is critical in the war on language. Read here to see the Christian, Marxist, Libertarian, and Conservative Conceptions of Liberty.

Christian Art’s Dilemma

Christians must be careful while engaging in the arts. Our hearts respond to art. The fact is that art can be intoxicating and addicting.

Antidote to the Liberal Principles

It is regrettable that, even today, many Christians, disillusioned by the promises of liberalism, nevertheless believe that they can take on board its principles.

Godly Environmentalism

Stewardship of the world goes beyond mere action and strikes at the heart of the Reformed Conservative. The way that God reveals Himself through His …

Feminism in the Church

For 2,000 years, Orthodox Christianity has taught distinct gender roles. These gender responsibilities did not come from man’s ingenuity, but from the Holy Scripture.

Calvin & Culture, Reconsidered

One of the greatest social scientists credits John Calvin for the rise of capitalism and, by extension, modern Western culture itself. That is quite an …

Race Counseling in the Early Church

To employ the vocabulary of the modernists, the early church seemed to suffer from a classic case of xenophobia and privilege. Successful evangelical work on …

Rawls, Neutrality, and Public Reason

Should public discourse be neutral in regards to religion? Read more about neutrality and John Rawls’ use of comprehensive doctrines and public reason.

An Empty Quiver

On earth, the only truest wealth is life; a quiver of life. What price can be put on the joy of familial ties, paternal affection, …

Are Calvinists “Nice?”

Christians mistake difference of etiquette for gracelessness. Does being nice equal love? Should Calvinists sacrifice genuine unity for short-term accord?

Fault Lines: Book Review

Baucham connects Marxism and Marxist Critical Theory to the issues surrounding discussions and actions related to the CSJ Movement. As such, the CSJ Movement, while …

A Woman’s Glorious Sphere

God has glorified man and woman with different tasks and different strengths. And the domistic task is the opposite of being a degraded task-for only …

Biblical Principles For Art

Christians tend to over spiritualize things. Analyzing and looking at art Biblically is usually one of those things.

Libertarians And The Eternal Contract

One of the key concepts in conservatism is Edmund Burke’s idea of the “eternal contract.” Society, Burke believed, was not some mere temporary contrivance, but …
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Edmund Burke: The First Conservative

Edmund Burke, the first conservative, was a practical politician and supremely conservative thinker, and as such he viewed society as a partnership between the living …

Abraham Kuyper: Reformed Statesman

Abraham Kuyper used his massive intellect and top-flight educational achievements to wage war against the destructive forces of Modernism. He wrote, “it must be …

Art War

In the realm of art, the focus of the Romantics did not glorify objects, but concepts such as liberty, despair, heroism etc. This glorification, however, …

The Social Justice War on History

The social justice war on history and the method of historical analysis by modern standards seeks the most uncharitable explanations of actions, is wrong, dangerous, …

John Rawls’s Technodicy

Rawls seems to have thought that one must choose between believing in an omnipotent and good God who cares for human beings or hoping for …

Christianity and Social Justice

Christianity and Social Justice isn’t a modern debate. Augustine held that God can command the rich to give to the poor. The poor can’t demand …

Correction of the Theory of Kant

R.L. Dabney refutes Kant’s ethical theory, being one-sided. It, being overly rationalistic, cannot account for the moral nature of impulsive actions, and being overly altruistic, …

Social Justice VS Biblical Justice

It is absolutely critical to understand the difference between doing social justice ministry, and adhering to “Social Justice ideology.” There is a world of difference …

Is Oikophilia Biblical?

“Love of home” is central to conservative political philosophy. We at the Reformed Conservative contend that Oikophilia is a biblical concept.

Capital Punishment Defended

This article gives a Biblical case favoring capital punishment with a response to three of the most utilized arguments against the doctrine of capital punishment.

Is Capitalism Immoral?

Capitalism and the Industrial Revolution have been demonized as unredeemable evils. The argument is simple: capitalism has increased poverty.

What is the Common Good?

We cannot say that what is good for the individual or the community is devoid of moral content. And moral content is determined by God’s …

Piety or Patricide

Christians today must avoid using corrosive elements of rebellion in the rebuilding of civilization. Failure to reject rebellion will lead to the same present path …

The Development of Social Justice

Social justice is a teaching born in the Enlightenment, steming from Hume, Bentham, Smith, Kant, and Rousseau. Francois-Noel Babeuf, is a lesser known, but no …
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What is Secularism?

Secularism is reductionistic. It is the rejection of the transcendent. If we cannot explain the existence of everything that we see by the transcendent explanation …

Kant, Piety, and the Dead

What the theologians declared united by God, philosophy’s great men tore asunder. However, by God’s grace, the Westminster Divines wisely navigated a Biblical view of …

What is Republicanism?

What binds republicanism to conservatism and reformed protestantism and what can republicanism offer to benefit our families, churches, and society?

Aborting Abortion

In America today, we call it “abortion.” Should we be calling it something else? Could aborting abortion be the way to saving life outside the …

Augustine as Common-Law Conservative

Liberals and Conservative want to claim Augustine as their own. With the doctrine of precedent, we explore his views on law, justice, and equality.

6 Problems With The Social Contract

A.A. Hodge called Dabney the greatest theologian in America during the 1800s, and many have noted his prophetic insight. His rejection of the modernist theory …

The Conservative’s Prophetic Role

The conservative, like the prophet, is never popular among the people. It is a lonely road telling a generation they are headed the wrong way.

Abortion & Historical Theology

Christians humility builds on the wisdom of the church, the wisdom of two millennia. Historically, the church has rejected abortion. Why should only those who …

Who are “The Least of These?”

This verse tends to be a common clarion call at Christian homeless shelters, food banks, refugee organizations, and many nonprofit ministries. However, who are “the …

The Power and Beauty of Shame

We often think of shame as being excited by guilt, but that is not often the case. Society rejects shame – a God-given mechanism for …

Groen’s Conservative Political Theory

Forsaking the supremacy of the divine, transcendent moral order as authoritative standard for societal and political arrangements in favor of the supremacy of man conflicts …

The RTS Professor Against Social Justice

Social justice confuses different conceptions of justice and merit, and chases after an undeserved and jealous-based equality that never leads to equality, but only tyranny.

Liberation Theology: A History

A key to understanding the present social justice theology is understanding liberation theology, and the key to understanding that is by understanding its history.

Ideology’s War on Wisdom

Ideologies promise to provide universal and easy solutions, yet are unable to deliver on the promise of solving every problem. No replacement exists for wisdom, …

Does Systemic Racism Exist?

The concept of systemic racism today has become underlined by a form of cultural relativism, a concept defined by perceptions, not proof. Under this new …

Refuting Relativism

Russell Kirk said, “Our twentieth-century world has experienced the hideous consequences of the collapse of belief in a moral order.” If we in society exchange …

Postmodern Religion

A mind transformed by a Biblical worldview understands the importance of the Reformed doctrines of grace and the five solas. As David Wells pointed out, …

Statism

Throughout the history of the Christian church, Christianity has always stood over against all forms of statism.

An Aesthetic Apologetic?

Goodness, Truth, and Beauty as transcendental goals worthy of all human pursuit has plagued many a philosophical mind through the ages. Truth is something in …

Challenging Divine Authority

As a totalitarian system, communism is hostile towards religion as it threatens authority. Karl Marx declared that “communism begins where atheism begins,” and communism “abolishes …

Groen’s Reformed Meta-History

History, no less than science and philosophy, must be done by the Christian sub specie aeternitatis — within view of eternity, and as always, coram …

Stahl’s Reformed Theory of Freedom

The difference between liberty and license was prominent in Stahl’s view of freedom. Building explicitly on an Augustinian conception of ethics and freedom, Stahl articulates …

How Does The Bible Define Freedom?

The God-given ontological framework for all reality is designed so that obedience to God’s law is the only way to escape slavery to the arbitrary …

A Reformed Theory of Freedom and Law

What is the essence of freedom? How should Reformed Conservatives understand principles of law? F.J. Stahl shows how freedom is connected to man’s essence.

Distributive Justice and the Book of Job

Because evangelical social liberals are inattentive to important distinctions within the notion of justice, many of their appeals to biblical uses of “justice” are compromised.

Three Reasons Against Cloning

Leon Kass, author of the essay, The Wisdom of Repugnance, gives three arguments used to defend cloning. These three arguments are: the Argument of Technology, the …

Psychology of Political Witch Hunts

Political witch-hunts follow a basic pattern. Random violence, false accusations, and crimes against a vague collective. These witch-hunts drive the cultural revolution, propelling the injustice …

4 Principles for “The Good Life”

Sometimes, the hard talks, the hard lessons, and the most difficult times of our lives are what is best for us. These times “build character.” …

Authority and Sovereignty

Abraham Kuyper presents a system that rejects popular sovereignty. His solution is called, “sphere sovereignty.” This system is a worldview that stands on the foundation …

Problems With Critical Race Theory Pt 2

This is Part 2 of the discussion regarding Critical Race Theory. This article is a continuation discussing Delgado and Stefancic’s discussion on “nationalism,” followed by …

New Feminist Theology

The new feminism’s theology: “…A feminine society will have its own special potentialities for good and evil, to which a theology based solely on masculine …

Remembering Groen

Groen van Prinsterer: the reformed scholar, statesman, and author who battled for ideas and stood for a positive Christian political alternative.

Neo-Feminism

Instead of saying that Paul was wrong, feminism now claims that Paul’s teachings are misunderstood by the modern reader — they are culturally bound commands.