Blog Posts by Douglas Wilson
Reformation and the Critics
The Reformation was a great work of the Holy Spirit of God, and it was a royal mess. Is there a problem?
One of the problems we have when we remember and appreciate great events from the past — which of course we ought to do — is that a number of these messy details fall away and are forgotten. This means that when we pray for a return of…Continue Reading
Who Is P.G. Wodehouse, and Why Should It Matter to Us?
On one level, reading the works of P.G. Wodehouse provides its own justification — provided you are looking to justify the reading of light comedy at the beach. But who actually needs to justify that kind of thing? To consume a literary soufflé brings its own reward, and no heavy, sick feeling afterwards. Tangled plots, no sex or violence, memorable characters, hilarious dialogue . . . what could be better?…Continue Reading
Brothers, We Are Not Sisters
To say that one thing is not another thing is not to register a complaint against either.
To say that the sun is not the moon is not to criticize the moon, and to say that the land is not the sea is not to file a complaint against the sea. God establishes differences in the world with the intention of them complementing one another, and not so that his…Continue Reading
Finitude, Creation, and a Well-Mowed Lawn
As I have been thinking about the theme of an upcoming conference we are hosting — on Makers — a number of thoughts have occurred to me. One of them is that God makes things for his pleasure, and so should we. This edifying thought is complicated both by our finitude and by our sinfulness, but we have to work through those complications. Giving up on the imitation of God…Continue Reading
"Old, Settled, and Reformed" Is Coming at You Like a Freight Train
Because evangelicals have not seen real revival for over a century (e.g. like the Welsh revival of 1905), as a result we have been slow to recognize our active cultivation of an ongoing culture of revival. By this I am not simply referring to a week of nightly scheduled meetings at a church in the Bible Belt (although that is one manifestation of this phenomenon). Rather I am speaking…Continue Reading