First Things No. 262 Apr 2016

THE PUBLIC SQUARE
Trumping Evangelicals
R. R. Reno

LETTERS
8 Culture, Hamlet, etc.

OPINIONS
17 Marquette’s Gender Regime
Mickey L. Mattox

19 Orwell and Contraception
Dan Hitchens

21 Muslims in the Melting Pot
Charles L. Glenn

ESSAYS
25 Repurposing Europe
Pierre Manent

31 The Dream-Child’s Progress
David Bentley Hart

39 The Good of Religious Pluralism
Peter L. Berger

43 The Case Against Polygamy
John Witte Jr.

REVIEWS

49 Paul and the Gift by John M.G. Barclay
reviewed by C. Kavin Rowe

53 Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin, translated by Lisa Hayden
reviewed by Alan Jacobs

55 Inside Paradise Lost by David Quint
reviewed by Stanley Fish

56 In the Beginning Was the Word by Mark A. Noll
reviewed by Molly Oshatz

58 Church of Spies by Mark Riebling
reviewed by Jacques Adler

60 Reynard the Fox translated by James Simpson
reviewed by Anthony Esolen

62 Briefly Noted

WHILE WE’RE AT IT
65 Antonin Scalia, T. S. Eliot, Carl Trueman, etc.

THE BACK PAGE
72 Roland on the Secret Soul
by David Bentley Hart

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Christian Research Journal Vol. 39 No. 1 Spring 2016

4 From the Editor

6 Effective Evangelism: A Holy Spirit Encounter with a Jehovah’s Witness

8 Practical Hermeneutics: Matthew 18:18 and Binding Satan in Prayer

10 Motherhood and the Life of the Mind
Christian Growth/Practical Apologetics: Mothers are uniquely positioned to influence their children’s intellectual formation profoundly. When they become dedicated learners, they are better prepared to initiate spontaneous conversations that will inspire their children to think more deeply about Christianity.
Melissa Cain Travis maps out a strategy to make this goal attainable.
Melissa Cain Travis

16 Unexplaining the Mormon Priesthood Ban on Blacks
New Religious Movements: Until 1978, the Mormon Church (LDS) banned blacks from its priesthood based on their prophetic revelation that blacks bear the curse of Cain. Since the ban was lifted in 1978, the church leadership has repudiated the reasoning that led to the ban. Anyone see a problem?
Bill McKeever

24 When Baby-Making Takes Three: You, Me, and She
Ethical Discernment: Surrogacy today is an increasingly popular reproductive option for infertile couples. But could bringing a third person-another woman-into God’s plan for human reproduction be a good thing? Heather Zeiger surveys and evaluates the practice.
Heather Zeiger

30 The God of Abraham, Isaac, and Anselm: In Defense of Greatest Being Theology
Christian Apologetics/Philosophical Theology: The eleventh-century philosopher and theologian Saint Anselm understood God as the greatest possible, or maximally perfect, Being. Philosophers Tom Morris and David Baggett explain what this remarkable conception of God is and explore some of its intriguing implications for apologetics and philosophical theology.
Tom Morris and David Baggett

38 Reservoir Gods: Quentin Tarantino’s Premodern Theology
Cultural Apologetics: Why-despite his critical and box­ office success and his preoccupation with God and theology in his films-is Quentin Tarantino rarely seriously discussed in Christian journalism? The answer will surprise you.
Philip Tallon

46 The Justice of Hell?
Theological and Philosophical Apologetics: Objections raised against the historic orthodox doctrine of hell usually turn on its alleged incompatibility with either the justice or the goodness of God. But what if a proper valuation of God’s maximally good nature actually makes hell’s justice and rightness inescapable?
Donald T. Williams

52 Reviews
A Summary Critique: Noga Kadman’s Erased from Space and Consciousness: Israel and the Depopulated Palestinian Villages of 1948; Alvin Plantinga’s Knowledge and Christian Belief; Os Guinness’s Fool’s Talk; Brian K. Morley’s Mapping Apologetics

58 Viewpoint
The Cultural Challenge of the Fragmented Self

60 Postmodern Realities
Recovering the Lost Unity of Heart and Mind

62 Ask Hank

Great Commission Research Journal Vol. 7 No. 2 Winter 2016

135 Introduction
Alan McMahan

ARTICLES

139 The Case for Prioritism: Part 1
Christopher R. Little

163 The Lost Balance in Missions Today
Mike Morris

172 The Big News on Small Churches: Re-evaluating the Contribution of Small Churches to the Fulfillment of the Great Commission
Ian Hussey

184 Church Growth and Outreach Lessons from the Oil Boom in North Dakota
Mark R. Teasdale and Steve Trefz

198 A Historical Analysis of Hindrances Related to the Slow Growth of Christianity in Thailand
Kelly Michael Hilderbrand

213 Whose Story to Join? The Problem of Social Plausibility, Social Missions Stations, and Their Relationship to Church Planting Movements
J.S. Williams

230 William Carey’s Vision for Missionary Partnerships
Andrew D. McFarland

247 A Framework for Developing Global Leadership According to the Apostle Paul
Peter Rios

BOOK REVIEWS

263 Can These Bones Live? A Practical Guide to Church Revitalization by Bill Henard
Reviewed by Nicholas Clark

266 Donald A. McGavran: A Biography of the Twentieth Century Premier Missiologist by Gary McIntosh
Reviewed by Mike Morris

268 Comeback Churches: How 300 Churches Turned Around and Yours Can Too by Ed Stetzer and Mike Dodson
Reviewed by Philips Sunday Akinbobola

271 Advanced Strategic Planning: A 21st Century Model for Church and Ministry Leaders by Aubrey Malphurs
Reviewed by Chase Weeks

Psychology Today Vol. 49 No. 2 Mar/Apr 2016

3 Editor’s Note

4 Contributors

7 Letters

11 Insights
Lessons in sexual desire; our complicated love affair with meat; the trap that snares winners; why we splurge on jewels.

22 Unconventional Wisdom The value of flirting; lovers in name, not in deed.

27 ECCENTRIC’S CORNER Super-¬≠skeptic David Helfand won’t be fooled by misinformation.

31 SUPPLEMENTAL SCIENCE: Melatonin does a lot more for your brain than just help you sleep.

36 NATURE’S BOUNTY Wine has its virtues, abetting both health and pleasure.

38 BEREAVEMENT: New dimensions of grief in the age of social media.

42 2-MINUTE MEMOIR: A breakup with a close friend is uniquely shattering.

46 BOOKS: The predictive value-and limits-of infant temperament, and other fundamentals of human nature.

48 It’s Not All About You! Tired of anxiously ruminating or wallowing in self-absorption? Maybe you need to get out of your own head by taking in mountain vistas or looking up at the stars. The experience of awe may be the balm that can counteract our narcissistic age.
CARLIN FLORA

58 The Big Stall: In school and in the work place, young men are falling behind their female peers. New reports-and men themselves-suggest how they have been knocked for a loop by their changing status.
HARA ESTROFF MARANO

66 Moment of Impact: Young people who experience a psychotic break have long been treated with drugs and little else. But a revolutionary new treatment model may promise a remedy with radically better outcomes.
SABINE HEINLEIN

74 The Prodigy’s Brother: Researchers are teasing out the genetic connections between prodigies and children with autism to better understand the former and better assist the latter. Enter the Gilbert brothers.
KIMBERLY STEPHENS

96 Final Analysis

Books and Culture Vol. 22 No. 2 Mar/Apr 2016

5 Stranger in a Strange Land: Avoiding the F-word
Susan Wise Bauer

6 Letter from the Editor

8 The Counter-Desecration Phrasebook
Alan Jacobs
LANDMARKS by Robert Macfarlane

9 On the Hammock, Reading About Wilderness Wanderings
John Copeland Nagle
BACKPACKING WITH THE SAINTS: WILDERNESS HIKING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE
by Belden C. Lane

11 “Dangerous and Suspect Men” Helen Andrews
UNNATURAL FRENCHMEN: THE POLITICS OF PRIESTLY CELIBACY AND MARRIAGE, 1720-1815 by E. Claire Cage

“Other Baptists”
Kimlyn J. Bender
CONTESTING CATHOLICITY: THEOLOGY FOR OTHER BAPTISTS by Curtis W. Freeman

15 The Call of the Nightingale
Michael Toscano

18 Enmity & Loss, Love & Hope
Roy Anker

19 Attrition: The “Bleak Strategy” of World War I
Donald A. Yerxa
WAR OF ATTRITION: FIGHTING THE FIRST WORLD WAR by William Philpott

22 The Long History of Human Rights
John Witte, Jr.
CHRISTIAN HUMAN RIGHTS by Samuel Moyn

24 Women and the Ironies of Providence
Sarah Ruden
ROMANTIC OUTLAWS: THE EXTRAORDINARY LIVES OF MARY WOLLSTONECRAFT AND HER DAUGHTER MARY SHELLEY by Charlotte Gordon

26 An Ethiopian Saint
Philip Jenkins
THE LIFE AND STRUGGLES OF OUR MOTHER WALATTA PETROS: A SEVENTEENTH-CENTURY AFRICAN BIOGRAPHY OF AN ETHIOPIAN WOMAN by Galawdewos
Translated and edited by Wendy Laura Belcher and Michael Kleiner

“Christian Revolutionary Love”
Michael Ledger-Lomas
THE MATCH GIRL AND THE HEIRESS by Seth Koven

28 Our Shared Brokenness
Tae Sung
JUST MERCY: A STORY OF JUSTICE AND REDEMPTION by Bryan Stevenson

29 Do Not Enter!
Jane Zwart
SLADE HOUSE by David Mitchell

30 Decidedly Odd
Sorina Higgins
CHARLES WILLIAMS: THE THIRD INKLING by Grevel Lindop

Finding Joy
Don w.King
JOY: POET, SEEKER, AND THE WOMAN WHO CAPTIVATED C. S. LEWIS
by Abigail Santamaria

32 The Critic’s Job and Why It Matters
Alissa Wilkinson
BETTER LIVING THROUGH CRITICISM: How TO THINK ABOUT ART, PLEASURE, BEAUTY, AND TRUTH by A. O. Scott

34 My Date with Mary Oliver
Paul J. Willis

35 How Tom Grew
Malcolm Forbes
YOUNG ELIOT: FROM ST. LOUIS TO THE WASTE LAND by Robert Crawford

36 Murder at the MLA
David Lyle Jeffrey
DEATH COMES FOR THE DECONSTRUCTIONIST by Daniel Taylor

37 You Are (Not) What You Wear
B.D.McClay
DRESSING FOR THE CULTURE WARS: STYLE AND THE POLITICS OF SELF-PRESENTATION IN THE 1960s AND 1970s by Betty Luther Hillman