Recommended Reading: November 12

repentanceHappy Post-Election Weekend dear readers! If you engage one article today, I suggest Confessions of a Repentant Voter by Leslie Leyland Fields.

For those of you with additional time to read this fine fall day, check out the selections below, gathered as always from around the blogging world. This week I include a special “2016 Election” section.

Theology and Religion

Round Table: Hell and Universalism via Conciliar Post

What Do You Love? by RJS

Why You Should Keep Using Hymns in Your Worship Services by Matt Boswell

Cocktail Theology by William Dailey

Swallowing Light by Johanna Byrkett

Biblical Studies and the History of Christianity

Why History Matters for Christians with Ben Witherington III and Richard Bauckham

A Curator’s Guide: An Exploration into Matthew and Mark via Daniel Wallace

Copying Early Christian Texts by Larry Hurtado

Worldviews and Culture

What’s Really Going on with Evangelicals and Same-Sex Marriage by Trevin Wax

Why Read Old (Pagan) Books? by Jason Baxter

No “Cool,” No “Awesome” by Mark Bauerlein

Kids Cry Alot by Laura Booz

Twelve Questions to Ask Yourself Before Posting Something Online by Mark Dever

2016 Election

Praying for an Imperfect President by C.C. Pecknold

Why Were the Pollsters Wrong? by Scot McKnight

The Great Progressive Repudiation by David French

An Incomprehensible Good by Chris Casberg

Dear America, This is Important–Donald Trump Did Not Win Because of Racism by David French


Published by Jacob J. Prahlow

Husband of Hayley. Dad of Bree and Judah. Lead pastor at Arise Church. MATS from Saint Louis University, MA from Wake Forest University, BA from Valparaiso University. Theologian and writer here and at Conciliar Post. Find me on social at @pastorjakestl

2 thoughts on “Recommended Reading: November 12

  1. Hi Jacob,

    Thank you for these great links. As usual, I enjoy the recommendations that I am able to read. For the sake of constructive dialogue, I would like to offer some pushback on the David French article regarding race and Trump in this list.

    I believe that his analysis relies on a misunderstanding of the complexities of race relations and, as a result, presents an invalid argument. As I understand it, French’s argument purports that since a significant amount of minorities voted for Trump, racism should not be considered as an explanatory factor in Trump’s election. However, the conclusion does not follow from his premises. For example, there were many women who were opposed to women’s suffrage (likewise, there still are women who believe that women should not vote). If French’s argument is correct, then the opposition to women’s right to vote was not motivated by misogyny, since there were women who maintained that the right to vote should be restricted to men. But such a conclusion is clearly false. The reality of race (and gender) discrimination is far more complex than the individualistic framework that French presupposes.

    The article also raises a larger concern of mine regarding the conservative response to the results of this election. It seems that many of the moderate or reluctant Trump supporters are far more concerned with washing their hands of voting for Trump than for actually caring for and seeking to help the communities of minorities that are terrorized by his election. Likewise, many conservatives who did not vote for Trump prioritize defending Trump supporters against charges of racism over and against showing solidarity for those who have been victimized by his toxic campaign during this election season.

    To be clear, I am not insisting that everyone who voted for Trump is a vicious racist, nor do I believe that racism is the sole explanation for the rise of Trump. But Trump’s campaign has been characterized by racism, misogyny and xenophobia, and those who supported (and continue to support) him must acknowledge this and understand that putting such a man in power will have consequences for the communities that he has openly threatened.

    Thank you for hearing me out. I would like to say that I know that your recommendation of these articles in no way entails that you endorse their arguments. This is not meant to be a personal attack in any way, nor do I want to presume your personal opinion on the matter. I just wanted to raise my concern for one of the articles and the larger problems that it raises.

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