Posts From Bruce Ashford

An Evangelical Guide to Populism (4): Populism, Ethnicity, and Cultural Identity

Despite the attention given to economic frustrations, today’s American populism is as much or more about culture and identity. Populist wrath toward corporate and political power-brokers often stems from cultural disorientation, dislocation, and tension. And for some populists, it stems from prejudice toward people who are ethnically or culturally different. Whereas economic frustrations highlight the [ Read More ]

An Evangelical Guide to Populism (3): Populism and Economics

It should be unsurprising that economic considerations play a significant role in today’s American populism. Historically, populist movements world-wide have arisen most frequently as a response to economic frustrations. Consider the “populare” politicians of ancient Rome. As historian Barry Strauss notes, the populares were a series of Roman politicians—such as Tiberius Gracchus, Gaius, Gracchus, Saturninus, [ Read More ]

Immigration: Was A.G. Sessions Right to Quote the Bible in Defense of Family Separation?

In response to the widespread outcry against immigration policy that separates parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended the policy by stating that it is consistent with the Bible’s teaching. In a speech to law enforcement officers Thursday in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Sessions stated: Persons who violate the law [ Read More ]

8 Ways SBC Churches Can Strengthen our Response to Domestic Abuse

By: Bruce Ashford, Lauren Ashford, Joy Forrest In light of the ongoing national conversation about Christian responses to domestic violence and the sad reality that abuse statistics are no better among church attenders than among society at large, it is incumbent upon us—SBC churches and pastors—to do everything we can to respond appropriately when victims [ Read More ]

A Theological Sickness unto Death: Philip Rieff’s Prophetic Analysis of our Secular Age

The great American sociologist Philip Rieff (1922–2006) stands as one of the 20th century’s keenest intellectuals and cultural commentators. Rieff did sociology on a grand scale—sociology as prophecy—diagnosing the ills of Western society and offering a prognosis and prescription for the future. Although he was not a Christian, his work remains a great gift—even if [ Read More ]