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Stupid Doesn't Work

July 30, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

Many Christians today are Modernists. Without admitting it, they suppose that the Universe in and of itself is a flat, meaningless, mostly empty void sparsely populated with matter and energy. Consequently the only meaning that can be attributed to the workings of the Universe is the meaning whic...

Just Gotta Say It...

July 14, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 0 min read

If you’re a “democratic socialist” or a BLM supporter who also opposes communism in Cuba, you need to reexamine how consistent your worldview actually is.You’re probably also one of those vegetarians who eats fish.

A Better Interpretation of Matthew 21:18-22

July 12, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 5 min read

And Jesus answered them, “Truly, I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what has been done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, ‘Be taken up and thrown into the sea,’ it will happen. And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have fa...

Decadence, and the Decline of the American Empire

June 17, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 5 min read

A few months ago, a good friend of mine sent me an essay written by notable British general and historian Sir John Bagot Glubb called The Fate of Empires in which he examined the lifespans of eleven different empires across history. Glubb’s observation was that each empire spanned a period of app...

Marvel Movies and Worldview Yearnings

June 15, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

I recently rewatched Thor Ragnarok with some friends of mine. I remember the first time I watched it was with a good friend of mine who is an avid both of Marvel and of seeing films in the theatre. Ragnarok is entertaining and silly, of course, but the imagery of gods, prophecies, cosmic adventur...

The Celtic Cross

June 1, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

I have to thank Dr. Glenn Sunshine for disseminating this information in a semi-recent episode of the Theology Pugcast. This post is almost word-for-word what he said. I’m writing it here so I can remember it better and share it with you. You can listen to the whole thing here.The Celtic Cross or...

The Lost Worldview

May 19, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 22 min read

There are chiefly three regimes of thought that have developed throughout human history. These are, in historical order: the Premodern, the Modern, and the Postmodern. All three of them have different ways of determining what is True, what is Good, and what is Beautiful.In general, the regime of ...

A Vindication of Resistance

April 12, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 21 min read

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On the day of the feast of St. Bartholomew in the year 1572, thousands Huguenots were slaughtered in the streets of Paris by mobs of Roman Catholics under the decree of the French monarchy.The Huguenots were a Protestant theological minority in France. They were importers of Calvin’s theology, an...

A Culture of Death

March 18, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 7 min read

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With the recent flurry of news stories around the Equality Act flying around, as well as last week’s episode of The Briefing by Al Mohler, we need to consider the theological significance of what’s going on. Mohler’s treatment of this current event is fantastic, and personally, I wish I could see...

Pious Postmillennialism

March 4, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 6 min read

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“What you believe about the future determines how you will work in the present.” ~ Gary DeMarThis sentiment expressed by Gary DeMar of American Vision is the reason I have come to make eschatology such a big part of my ministry on this blog. Both DeMar and I argue for a postmillennial view of the...

Stop Being Nice

February 22, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 4 min read

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I don’t want nice men, I want kind men.The astute among you will turn to Merriam-Webster’s dictionary and note that the words “nice” and “kind” are synonyms. The even more astute among you will also remember that Merriam-Webster actually changed the definition of “racism” this past year. It’s 202...

The Victorious Reign of Christ - Matthew 24:30

February 16, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 7 min read

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And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory. (Matthew 24:30)Many evangelicals associate this verse with the return of Christ. The language “...

A Melting Solar System - Matthew 24:29

February 4, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

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“But immediately after the tribulation of those days, the sun will be darkened, the moon will not give its light, and the stars will fall from the sky, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.” (Matthew 24:29)Futurists use verses like this to argue for their position that the text of Matthew...

Shifting Attitudes

February 3, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

Dr. James White has previously stated on his Dividing Line podcast that he and his team have a rule: “don’t talk about eschatology”, for the simple reason that it can be a divisive and emotional topic. White is a renowned apologist and scholar, whose work has greatly impacted me and many others. ...

Trials

February 1, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 1 min read

Trials de-abstract our lives. They remind us of our sin, limits, and smallness of faith. When we are backed into a corner, thrown into the lions den, and desperately clinging to the end of our rope, we understand more deeply what dependence on God really is. A severe trial may appear to us as a c...

This Generation - Matthew 23:31-24:2

January 15, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 6 min read

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One of the strongest arguments for the historicity and divine inspiration of the New Testament manuscripts is known as the Olivet Discourse, so-called because it was given by Jesus to His disciples on the Mount of Olives (Matthew 24:3). In this discourse outlined in Matthew 24, Luke 21, and Mark ...

The Kingdom of Heaven - Daniel 2 and 7

January 12, 2021 · C.E. Carter · 5 min read

As I have said before, the study of eschatology does not begin with ends. It would be unreasonable to expect that we could understand the end of a book without understanding its beginning and middle too. And so, I’ll be starting in the middle today, by investigating a set of passages from the boo...

The Sin of Open-Mindedness

December 28, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 4 min read

“An open mind is really a mark of foolishness, like an open mouth. Mouths and minds were made to shut; they were made to open only in order to shut.” ~ ChestertonThe appearance of “open-mindedness” is a virtue of our time, and it’s a generally unchivalrous virtue when it’s adherence is required a...

The Eschatology of Christmas

December 25, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 16 min read

In the same way that you can’t understand the end of a book just by reading the last few pages, you can’t understand the end of history without understanding history. The right way to understand history is to examine it according to the Biblical narrative and craft a sound exposition of the perso...

Eschatology 101

December 24, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

In our study of the topic of eschatology, we should make sure we have an adequate framework to understand what exactly we are talking about. There is a set of theological terminology which is used to talk about some very general ideas in eschatology, and understanding this terminology will assist...

Going Forward

December 22, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

For a significant portion of the foreseeable future (whatever that means), I’ll be devoting myself (mostly) to the examination of Biblical eschatology, for the simple reason that it’s the most frequent topic of discussion among the men I talk to in my church. When I say “the men I talk to in my c...

An Eschatology Study Guide

December 13, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 5 min read

Things have been spotty on here for a number of reasons, but mostly because I’m attempting a bit of a new project. A lot of what I do on here, though somewhat intellectual, is fairly casual. For the sake of having fun, that’s great, but it’s not so great for developing as a writer. I decided a fe...

Coffee, Opposition, and International Relations

December 11, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 0 min read

Jenna writes,Your probably checking those geographic data analytics for your blog, guessing that your fan in Canada is still a fan. I'm here to say that it's true. However I'd like to describe myself as a fan in opposition, because I disagree with so much of what you write it's not funny. But I e...

Christmas and Heresy

December 9, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 5 min read

Christmas, from the late Old English Cristes mæsse, is what it sounds like: “Christ mass”, a celebration of the incarnate advent of Christ. The word “mass”, by the way, is a jab at the Docetics. The term Docetism comes from the Koine Greek dokein, which means “to seem”, thus Docetics are people w...

Peter

November 21, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

I often feel like Peter.Peter was an impulsive and selfish man of unclean lips. He even abandoned Jesus at His most dire hour. For these things, he perceived himself to be a failure. After His resurrection Jesus asked Peter “Do you love me?”, and Peter responded with the Aramaic equivalent of “Ye...

Learning Experiences

November 17, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 5 min read

I recently posted something on a certain social media platform yesterday that I wasn’t proud of. I took it down after a couple hours, but not after it had been seen by a lot of people. The “something” was in relation to pastors going along with the false view that the most loving thing they can d...

Obey (Christ's) Government

November 14, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

In a recent conversation, a left-wing friend of mine said that people who say “racist things” should be physically punished for their actions, as they likely will not repent of their evil speech unless they are imprisoned (or worse). This was telling, to me, of the worldview of the Left. A non-le...

Anthropology

November 10, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 4 min read

Jonathan Edwards wrote and preached about Hell so much because he had his anthropology right.Anthropology is the study of man. In a systematic theology context, we draw our inferences for what man is like according to Scripture. There are many things you could ask about man, because he is a very ...

What's Next?

November 8, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

Keeping it quick (it is the Sabbath, after all), but here are some snappy Pensées, in the spirit of the month:Be wary of using current events to inform your eschatological positions. That’s foolish.Trusting God necessitates acting wisely, in preparation for the future. It might be a good idea to ...

Machiavellianism

November 5, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 6 min read

Some considerations:For the second term in a row polls were forecasting a fairly wide margin of victory for Democrats. Election forecasters Andrew Gelman (an academic influence in my own life) and Nate Silver’s (FiveThirtyEight) models predicted a 90% chance of Biden winning the election. Silver’...

There's No Plan B

November 2, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 4 min read

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to follow all that I commanded you; and behold, I ...

No Problem Passages

November 1, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

I want to have no problem passages in Scripture. I’m becoming more and more convinced that every morsel of the Holy text is deeply meaningful and connected to every other piece, and I want to know how it all fits together.Case in point: I’ve been on a big eschatology study recently. I’m specifica...

Reformed

October 31, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 6 min read

Beginnings.It’s 7pm on Saturday, October 31. I’m not much for parties, nor for Halloween. Parties just are difficult places to talk, and Halloween is a particularly ugly holiday. It began historically as a day to remember the faithfully departed and has morphed into, at best, a day spent dressed ...

First Things First

October 29, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

Anyone who knows me understands that I’m a bit of a Wilsonite. Now, I have a few differences with old Doug Wilson (I’m a Reformed Baptist, not a Presbyterian, and I’m not totally sold on the whole Postmillenialism thing just yet, though I often act like I am), but nonetheless I look up to the man...

The Need for Confessionalism

October 27, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

Vagueness is an enemy, and to be indirect is to be unkind.Throughout church history, at various times the muddledness of a particular theological point caused contention in the church and in the world. In the very early church, there was contention about whether a Christian who was a Gentile need...

The Shrouded God

October 24, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 1 min read

The God of Israel plainly forbade them from creating art in His image. Unlike the pagans, who made a practice of crafting graven images of their gods, Israel forbade even the mention of the name of God, and for good reason. Something which is crafted from human hands is explained by human minds. ...

The Perfect Law of Liberty

October 22, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 5 min read

A Christian system of politics is founded upon the fact that 1) God created man to flourish for His own glory, and 2) sin hinders the flourishing of man. The first is a held as a matter of catechism and metaphysics; as a first principle to be found in Scripture, as a means of answering the nihili...

Woke Christians

October 21, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

It doesn’t take prophetic insight to understand that the United States is on the cusp of great social change. With Critical Race Theory and social justice in the public eye and influencing public decisions, Evangelicals have been blindsided by a wave of political and theological dilemmas they wer...

Republicans

October 17, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 4 min read

There are two ways that dichotomies can be false. There may be additional options, or there may only be one option. A dichotomy supposes that everything is something and not something else. Sometimes this is right, and sometimes it’s wrong. When it’s wrong, there are either too many options or to...

Democrats

October 16, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

Christians who try to justify voting for the Democratic party often cite a dilemma like this:“Pro-life people only want to prevent abortions, but don’t want to guarantee healthcare for all.”And, that’s almost invariably true with a plain reading; the kind that only a logician could pull off. What...

Adoration for the Pensées

October 14, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 1 min read

Author’s note: I initially omitted the accent ague on the second “e” of Pensées. Obviously it is remedied now. Cheerio.I love Blaise Pascal’s Pensées. It’s a collection of theological and philosophical meditations with the kind of succinctness, curtness, bite, and obduration to them that’s wholly...

Answering the Basic Tenets of Critical Race Theory

October 13, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 9 min read

There are essentially two classes of worldviews in the United States, denoted by “the Right” and “the Left”. The Right takes the tenets of its worldview from, roughly, Christianity, although the Right is more and more resembling what the Left was a few decades ago. Up until very recently, we didn...

Critical Race Theory: An Enemy of the West and the Gospel (A Brief Examination)

October 12, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

Critical Race Theory is a fundamentally different view of justice than the one the Bible teaches. Aristotle’s definition of justice is “rendering to those that which they are due”. The question only remains, “who is due what?” Scripture makes this very clear in Deuteronomy 24:16 when it saysParen...

Obedience to Government

October 8, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 9 min read

The crux of the issue of disobeying government is figuring out when disobedience to government is obedience to Christ, and when disobedience to government is disobedience to Christ. One extreme school of thought is that obedience to government is necessary all of the time, and Paul’s command in R...

Brace Hard

October 6, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

Andrew Cuomo recently stated to the Orthodox Jewish community, “If you’re not going to live with these [COVID-19] rules, then I’m going to close the synagogues”. Now, to be fair to the Governor, he did seem to express some remorse over this action, citing the long history he has had with the Orth...

The Fundamental Problem with Darwinism

October 5, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

An excellent scientist will admit that their job is to guess how the world works and see if their guesses are consistent with inferences they have made from measured data. “Guess” is the key word there; take what you know (or what you think you know), make some deductions, come up with a guess fo...

Rest, But Not Too Much

October 3, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

It seems to me that God gave us 6 days to work and 1 day to rest. The usual argument opposing this is that Christ is our true Sabbath and therefore we don’t need to observe the Sabbath as Christians today. Yes and amen, Christ is our true Sabbath; we strive no longer in Him. But if we affirm that...

No Fear 2021

October 2, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

I was fortunate enough during my brief stint on dating apps to meet a nice girl from Canada. We had a lot of great conversations about politics and theology and whatnot, and seemed to connect on a lot of shared values, but unfortunately decided that the wisest thing to do was to not take our rela...

A New Apologetics

October 1, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

As we press on towards the fulfillment of the great commission, we must remember that our actions and our duties in this life are acts of war. Following Christ was a vote of political allegiance that each of us made upon our conversion, to obey the authority of King Jesus alone, at all cost. The ...

An Opportunity to Talk About Chivalry, and an Observation

September 29, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

Tonight’s presidential debate was, well, hardly a discussion of ideas or a battle of intellectual wills between two men. My dad put it best when he said, “Trump lost, but Biden didn’t beat him”. I couldn’t have said it better. I really wasn’t expecting anything grand or impressive from Biden. He ...

Put Some Real Shoes On

September 28, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 0 min read

For a while now, whenever I go out in the world, I wear a pair of dress shoes with my outfit. Often, jeans, paired with a tee shirt, a Henley, or a button down shirt, and dress shoes.Why?Well, by nature, I’m not a very casual person. But more than that, I think men should be intentional about the...

Redeemed Work

September 27, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

“Out work” is one of my dad’s sayings. In a sense, it’s one of the statements he’s lived his life by, and it was one of the ethics he made sure to pass to me and my sister. My parents modeled hard work and smart choices for me throughout my childhood, and I learned a lot of lessons about commitme...

Slaves to Christ

September 26, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 1 min read

No son of Adam, nor daughter of Eve, has ever been free. Scripture is clear: we are either dead men (slaves to sin), or living men (slaves to Christ). We either walk as those condemned by the Law, whose actions are wholly and utterly depraved and devoid of any regard for God, much less love for H...

The City of American Evangelicalism

September 25, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 4 min read

The title is a play on Augustine’s work “The City of God”.Everyone, at all times in human history, has had a quiet nag in the pit of their stomach that the end of the world is imminent. Post-apocalyptic genres of literature and film play off of that instinct within us. After all, Christians know ...

A Brief Critique of Feminism

September 24, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

It’s often the case with any discussion of ideas, that the definition of terms serves as a stumbling block to productive conversation. I’ve found that “what exactly do you mean?” or “what exactly are you asking?” are two of the most helpful questions in any discussion. To the end of attempting to...

On Physical Injury

August 21, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 9 min read

As an athlete, I can confirm that being physically injured is really disheartening. It’s an inevitable reality of pushing yourself in any physical domain that you will eventually get injured somehow. If you don’t get hurt every once in a while, chances are you’re missing out on a lot of performan...

Give Not Thy Strength To Women

July 16, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 4 min read

The book of Proverbs, chapter 31, is cited often for its exposition of the qualities of an excellent wife: a woman who is trustworthy, kind, strong, industrious, entrepreneurial, skilled, upright, a master of her household, and God-fearing. The sentiment of her character is summarized in the fina...

Essentially Irreverent

July 8, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 5 min read

Ironically, it is in the book of Jonah where we get a glimpse of, among other things, what widespread repentance actually looks like. In the story, Jonah was tasked by God to deliver a warning of God’s judgement, and subsequent impending calamity, against the wicked city of Ninevah. After being v...

On Repentance

July 1, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

It is impossible to talk about repentance without talking about sin.And what is sin, but worshiping ourselves, and aligning our whole life with our own selfish interests? I assure you, we are corrupted to the bone to serve our own desires, enslaved to forever shake our fist at the Heavens and cur...

The Nature of Conspiracy

May 14, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

A recent episode of a Christian podcast that I listened to on the nature of conspiracy theories, and how they ought to be dealt with in the Christian life, was a gauntlet of strawmen. Our present situation has spawned a host of conspiracy theories as to the nature of it, some more extreme than ot...

Fashionably Afraid

May 13, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 1 min read

The media surrounding COVID-19 has been, I would estimate, the single largest propaganda campaign in the history of the United States. It seems no matter where you look, there is another feed, another article, or another journalist proclaiming the inevitable slide of the nation into untold pain a...

Freedom of Speech, and Big Tech

May 7, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 1 min read

From the vantage point of the Constitution, freedom of speech is possible due to the existence of a “polis”. A polis must have the quality of being public, “owned” by the people as a collective whole, so that no one may be censored from entering the polis by means of “trespassing”. A shop owner h...

Rightful Worship

May 6, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

True worship values and treasures God above all things, in spirit and in truth, as infinitely great, infinitely loving, infinitely powerful, infinitely knowing. Worship is the most important activity that we can engage in as humans. It does not enhance life, it is how we ought to aspire to live a...

Causal Relationships

April 28, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 8 min read

Federal and state health officials claim there exists a causal relationship between taking distancing measures, like economic shutdown, and the mitigation of the spread of infectious disease. They won’t use the words “causal relationship” outright, but their adamancy that officials force the adop...

Soteriological Vacuum

April 12, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

The archetype of salvation, that is, of rebirth, regeneration, deliverance from evil, transcendence, etc. is a ubiquitous element of every culture regardless of its religious background. Some men seek this salvation through works, and strive to align their behavior with some moral code expounded ...

Stein's Law and Solomon’s Wisdom

April 2, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 4 min read

In times of calamity I find myself pondering not how things have gone so horribly wrong, but how things seemed to remain stable for the great duration of serenity leading up to the present moment. My instincts as a scientist (but not an epidemiologist) tell me that outbreaks of infectious disease...

Briefly, On Worship

March 25, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 4 min read

One day towards the end of my junior year of college, I took some time in between classes to run some errands I had been putting off. I went, as I normally did at the end of a semester, to the UPS store to return the textbooks I had rented for the semester’s academic affairs. While I was waiting ...

Christianity and Calamity

March 13, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 2 min read

It’s hard to introduce a topic like this, not because it’s so specific, but because it’s so general. Calamity is one of those things that needs no introduction. The history of the human race is, to a great extent, the enumeration of calamities in their chronological sequence, in the form of a lis...

The Law of Man

February 20, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 5 min read

One of the peculiar facts about man is that he considers himself to be a distinct entity from the Natural World which he inhabits. In his own eyes, he is the Great Explorer of the Universe; he cannot tear his gaze away from its beauty and possibility, nor does he desire to make his hands rest fro...

The Laws of Nature

February 5, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 4 min read

No one knows anything of the world when they are born.When people are young, they are able to rely on Instinct, a faculty of the mind which allows them to crudely yet effectively navigate the world around them. As they mature, Instinct inadvertently sinks to a position that merely informs, or eve...

On Chivalry

February 1, 2020 · C.E. Carter · 3 min read

Chivalry is colloquially understood by modern people as a set of actions which constitute “good manners” especially with respect to interactions between men and women. A chivalrous man, in the modern conception of the term, holds the door for a woman, minds his language around her, and might offe...