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Read In Case Of Emergency
A weekly newsletter on ethics, policy & society
  • The empty promises of Marie Kondo and the craze for minimalism – Kyle Chayka, The Guardian – The trend of minimalism has gone mainstream, but there is temporal, philosophical, and anecdotal evidence that the fundamentally spiritual hunger it taps into is bigger than “having less stuff” can truly satisfy. Fetishizing the lack of things may not be far removed from the same idolatry that feeds consumerism. Even so, one wonders if it is just as hard for the average Western Christian to arrive at any godly approach to worldly possessions as it is for a camel to get through the eye of a needle.
  • ‘It is not good that the man should be alone’ – David French, The Dispatch – When conservatives talk about personal responsibility it’s not usually in the context presented here. Opioid overdoses are only one among many telling indicators that a previously dominant Christian majority, and especially the privileged among them, have in real measure abdicated our responsibility to the poor, the hungry, and the oppressed. 

  • The Evangelist – Nick Tabor, The Washington Post Magazine – If you’re not familiar with Shane Claiborne, or even if you are but want to see him presented to a mainstream audience, here’s a brief biography and look at his current work, in which a blacksmith reshapes guns into gardening tools, as a prophetic voice against the violence done with firearms in America.

  • Notes on Christianity Today’s impeachment editorial – Jake Meador, Mere Orthodoxy – The furor has died down somewhat, but if some part of Mark Galli’s December 19th editorial left you feeling like you might have missed a half-step, or you’re looking to have some thoughts provoked, this is the most nuanced extended reflection we’ve come across, including a call to “ faithful to God’s call not only in the political ends we pursue, but in the means by which we pursue them.”

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