These are not easy times for Christian patriots—or perhaps for Christians who would like to be patriots, or who simply wonder about patriotism’s moral credentials. The increasing polarization of American politics, which has been growing for some time but became particularly vitriolic following the election of President Donald Trump in 2016, has replaced many of our familiar political debates with a new, central fault line: the significance of the nation and of national culture.
Domestic politics in the United States have become increasingly warlike. The American public exhibits stark divisions and widespread rancor, and perhaps most tellingly, the metaphor of war is almost omnipresent. Whether through our enlistment in the “war” on the coronavirus or our engagement in the “culture war,” we are a country of battle-hardened veterans.
The 2030s are predicted to be a pivotal decade as the U.S. continues to age while population growth declines—by 2034, the U.S. is expected to have more elderly people than children for the first time ever. Policymakers and researchers have long forecasted how this demographic shift will dramatically increase federal outlays for entitlement programs and place additional pressure on the healthcare sector as the retiree population swells.
Child support policy in the United States reflects a philosophical progression of “deadbeat dad,” “deadbroke dad,” and a trend that emerged within my own research of “disconnected dad.” For this study, I interviewed 20 non-resident fathers in a father-engagement program in Tennessee to understand the commonalities between fathers with successful payment patterns.
Recently, many of the political debates in the conservative Catholic sphere have moved in a postliberal direction. The shift stems from a dissatisfaction with the current political order and a desire to sacralize society for Christ. Patrick Deneen, Rod Dreher, and Adrian Vermeule are three of the most influential commentators in this vein.
In 2017, the Supreme Court heard Endrew F. v. Douglas County School District, a landmark case regarding the level of educational benefit students with disabilities are entitled to receive through their local public school. Endrew is only the second special education case to be heard before the Court.
Since 2007, illegal mining operations locally known as “galamsey” have ravaged Ghana’s forests and bodies of water. A report by the World Resource Institute shows that Ghana is losing its forests at a 60 percent rate, faster than any country in the world. Today, illegal mining is one of the largest causes of forest destruction in Ghana.
Philosophy is a broad discipline. To be sure, Certain authors and traditions are more amicable to Christianity than others. Nevertheless, philosophy is valuable. Studying philosophy should encourage both intellectual humility and uncompromising truthfulness, gives context and categories to Christian doctrine, and develops your ability to understand other’s points of view. Humility, truthfulness, wisdom, and charity and all necessary to be an effective witness for Christian. Of course, many Christians who have never studied philosophy may have and develop these (and misusing philosophy can certainly turn one into a prideful sophist). But, if you have the opportunity, consider taking a course in philosophy – it certainly couldn’t hurt.
There are different approaches for keeping a blockchain that are more environmentally friendly than mining. But these changes depend on how much invested parties—organizations and individuals alike—are interested in preserving our only home. Despite calls to colonize Mars, it is our moral obligation to be wise stewards of this Creation. As we continue finding new ways to consume art and other media, environmental efforts must be strong priorities to consider.