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My name is Ben R. Crenshaw, and I write on the intersection of Christianity and contemporary life in order to promote a virtuous and flourishing society.

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Books are an important and tested source of knowledge in our media driven, sound-bite age. I read often and widely and review important works in both brief and in-depth articles. Click the link to read more.

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Denver Journal Book Review: “By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed” by Edward Feser and Joseph M. Bessette

← Back to Book Reviews Edward Feser and Joseph M. Bessette, By Man Shall His Blood Be Shed: A Catholic Defense of Capital Punishment. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2017. Paperback, $18.79. 420 pp. ISBN: 978-1621641261. In their new book on capital punishment, philosopher Edward Feser and political scientist and ethicist…

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Politics & Economics

Acton University 2018 Recap

Last month I returned from my fourth straight year at Acton University. This is a four-day conference in Grand Rapids, MI put on by the Acton Institute that seeks to integrate markets and morality in order to create a virtuous and flourishing society. It’s called a “university” because you sign…

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Bible & Theology, Politics & Economics

Christians, the Bible, and Immigration in America, Part 1: Grudem’s Flaw

The debate over immigration in America continues apace. In fact, it has heated up considerably in recent months as some of President Trump’s policies have drawn sharp criticism and outrage across the country (family separation, deportation, building the wall, etc.). These are complex and difficult issues that require a broad…

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Bible & Theology, Guest Articles, Politics & Economics

A Biblical Defense of Open Borders: Response to Wayne Grudem

by John Hutchins In 2016, prominent evangelical theologian Wayne Grudem jumped into the political spotlight with three articles on why voting for Donald Trump is a morally good decision (here, here and here). With evangelicals receiving more criticism for supporting immigration restrictions, two weeks ago Grudem doubled down in an…

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Book Review: “Was The Reformation A Mistake?" by Matthew Levering

by John Hutchins ← Back to Book Reviews Matthew Levering. Was The Reformation A Mistake? Why Catholic Doctrine Is Not Unbiblical. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2017. 240 pp. Paperback, $11.55....

The Threat of Executive Orders

In a recent op-ed piece entitled “‘Issues’ or America?,” American economist Thomas Sowell denounced presidential executive orders, pointing out that people often become so focused on debating the merits...