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Welcome to Theology for the Public Square

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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Academic Advice & Resources

For the Love of Reading

A room without books is like a body without a soul. – G. K. Chesterton For some time now I have been thinking about articulating my philosophy for reading and building a personal library. I have been engaged in this lifestyle since the middle of college (2009), where my passion for…

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Off the Cuff

Beware of “Honest Conversations”

Recently I had the opportunity to take part in a Facebook group discussing the soon-to-be released book by Ken Wytsma, The Myth of Equality: Uncovering the Roots of Injustice and Privilege. The group was called “The Myth of Equality: An Honest Dialogue on Privilege.” As I read through a number of…

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Politics & Economics

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 or demerits of policy they forget that the legislative process is being circumvented and our Constitution and freedoms silently eroded. What…

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History & Culture

“Shut Up, Bigot! Civil Rights and Same-Sex Marriage” – Explained and Defended

Following up on my Public Discourse essay from last August (“Shut Up, Bigot! The Intolerance of Tolerance”), I have written a second essay that addresses the central objection I encountered to my original piece. The main objection was that tolerance for traditional views of human sexuality and marriage (i.e., opposite-sex relations that…

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