• Is the Enemy of My Enemy My Friend? Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2011

    We are not living in a season of peace. Thinking Christians must surely be aware that a great moral and spiritual conflict is taking shape all around us, with multiple fronts of battle and issues of great importance at stake. The prophet Jeremiah repeatedly warned of those who would falsely declare peace when there is no peace. The Bible defines the Christian life in terms of spiritual battle, and believers in this generation face the fact that the very existence of truth is at stake in our current struggle. The condition of warfare brings a unique set of moral challenges … View Resource

  • Keeping the Faith in a Faithless Age Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2017

    The greatest question of our time,” historian Will Durant offered, “is not communism versus individualism, not Europe versus America, not even East versus the West; it is whether men can live without God.” That question, it now appears, will be answered in our own day. For centuries, the Christian church has been the center of Western civilization. Western culture, government, law, and society were based on explicitly Christian principles. Concern for the individual, a commitment to human rights, and respect for the good, the beautiful, and the true—all of these grew out of Christian convictions and the influence of revealed … View Resource

  • The Antidote to Anemic Worship Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | July 2017

    Evangelical Christians have been especially attentive to worship in recent years, sparking a renaissance of thought and conversation on what worship really is and how it should be done. Even if this renewed interest has unfortunately resulted in what some have called the “worship wars” in some churches, it seems that what A.W. Tozer once called the “missing jewel” of evangelical worship is being recovered. Nevertheless, if most evangelicals would quickly agree that worship is central to the life of the church, there would be no consensus to an unavoidable question: What is central to Christian worship? Historically, the more … View Resource

  • How Will We Live Now? Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2017

    The year 1976 continues to reverberate throughout evangelical Christianity. The towering giants of the evangelical world at that time seemed to see our world in increasingly hopeful terms. The urgent cultural crises of the 1960s appeared to be in recession. As we now know, it was not really so. In 1973, the Supreme Court handed down the Roe v. Wade decision, legalizing abortion on demand nationwide. Larger intellectual currents were setting the stage for a massive shift in the culture. Evangelicals were wearing “I Found It” buttons and building massive megachurches, but the culture was shifting toward a hostile secularism … View Resource

  • Will Beauty Save the World? Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2017

    In his work The Idiot—a novel drenched in Christian content and deeply engaged with Christian theology—the great Russian novelist Fyodor Dostoevsky posits what seems like an odd notion. He says that beauty will save the world. It’s an interesting idea, but is it a Christian one? As I think about this question, two biblical texts immediately come to mind: Isaiah 53 and Psalm 27. In Isaiah 53:2, the prophet states that the Messiah “had no form or majesty that we should look at him and no beauty that we should desire him.” But compare these words with the psalmist’s … View Resource

  • The Revolution Demands Unconditional Surrender Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2017

    Now that the moral revolutionaries are solidly in control, what is to be demanded of Christians who, on the basis of Christian conviction, cannot join the revolution? The demands have now been presented, and they represent unconditional surrender. In a stunningly candid essay from May 2016, Harvard Law School professor Mark Tushnet declared a total liberal victory and chastised his fellow liberals for what he called a “defensive crouch liberal constitutionalism” that is now outdated. With liberals firmly in control of almost every power base in the culture—most importantly, the federal courts—there is no reason for liberals to play defense, … View Resource

  • The Advance of Secularism Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2017

    The West’s new cultural and moral environment did not emerge from a vacuum. Massive intellectual changes have shaped and reshaped Western culture since the dawn of the Enlightenment. At the heart of this great intellectual shift is secularization. Secular, in terms of contemporary sociological and intellectual conversation, refers to the absence of any binding theistic authority or belief. It is both an ideology, which is known as secularism, and a result. Secularization, on the other hand, is not an ideology; it is a concept and a sociological process whereby societies become less theistic as they become more … View Resource

  • The Problem of Delaying Marriage Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2017

    Adulthood is not just a function of age—it is an achievement. Throughout human history, young people have aspired to achieve adulthood and have worked hard to get there. The three nearly universal marks of adulthood in human societies include marriage, financial independence, and readiness for parenthood. Now, the very concept of adulthood is in jeopardy. Study after study reveals that young Americans are achieving adulthood, if at all, far later than previous generations now living. The average age of marriage for young Americans fifty years ago was in the very early twenties. Now, it is trending closer to age thirty. … View Resource

  • Toward a Christian View of Economics Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2017

    Regrettably, many American Christians know little about economics. Furthermore, many Christians assume that the Bible has nothing at all to say about economics. But a biblical worldview actually has a great deal to teach us on economic matters. The meaning of work, the value of labor, and other economic issues are all part of the biblical worldview. Christians must allow the economic principles found in Scripture to shape our thinking. Here, then, are twelve theses for what a Christian understanding of economics must do. 1. It must have God’s glory as its greatest aim. For Christians, all economic theory begins … View Resource

  • The Right to Be a Christian Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2017

    Moral revolutions require legal revolutions. This is certainly the case with the sexual revolution and its various causes of sexual liberation. A revolution is only complete when the legal structure aligns itself with a new moral understanding. This alignment is exactly what is taking place in American public life on the issue of gay liberation. Every society has a structure of systems that either influence or coerce behavior. Eventually, societies move to legislate and regulate behavior in order to align the society with what is commonly, or at least largely, considered morally right and wrong. Civilization could not survive without … View Resource

  • Why Can’t Christians Just Join the Revolution? Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2016

    Why not just join the revolution? This question seems obvious to many people who look at conservative Christians and honestly wonder why we cannot just change our views on homosexuality, same-sex marriage, and the entire constellation of LGBT issues. We are constantly told that we must abandon the clear teachings of the Bible in order to get “on the right side of history.” But, it’s not that we don’t understand the argument—we just cannot accept it. Of course, many liberal denominations and churches have indeed capitulated to the sexual revolution. As the legitimization of homosexuality moves forward, some churches and … View Resource

  • Relativity, Relativism, and the Modern Age Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2016

    The intellectual revolution that is shaping American culture began in some sense with four lectures presented to the Prussian Academy of Sciences in late 1915. The lectures were given by Albert Einstein, who before the end of the year would publish his argument for a general theory of relativity. Those lectures launched an intellectual revolution, and Einstein’s theory of relativity is essential to our understanding of the modern age. The one-hundredth anniversary of a scientific theory is not necessarily a matter of great cultural importance. Einstein had developed his special theory of relativity a decade earlier, but his general theory—his … View Resource

  • The Context for the Sexual Revolution Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2016

    When we look at the sexual revolution, we must honestly ask, how did all this happen? As noted in previous essays, the sexual revolution did not emerge in a vacuum. Modern societies created a context for moral revolution that had never before been available. In other words, certain cultural conditions had to prevail in order for the revolution to get the traction it needed to succeed. Let’s consider a few of the cultural factors that led to our current situation. Urbanization, Technology, And The Weakening Of The Family Modernity and modernization brought urbanization such that increased numbers of people … View Resource

  • The Endgame of Secularism Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2016

    In his important Massey Lectures delivered in 1991, Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor spoke of “the malaise of modernity.” The modern age, he argued, is marked by two great intellectual moves. The first intellectual move is a pervasive individualism. The second is the reduction of all public discourse to the authority of instrumental reason. The rise of modern individualism came at the cost of rejecting all other moral authorities. “Modern freedom was won by our breaking loose from older moral horizons,” Taylor explained. This required the toppling of all hierarchical authorities and their established moral orders. “People used to see themselves … View Resource

  • The Intellectual Roots of the Sexual Revolution Article by Albert Mohler

    FROM TABLETALK | August 2016

    The new sexual morality did not emerge from a vacuum. Massive intellectual changes at a worldview level over the last two hundred years set the stage for the revolution in which we currently find ourselves. We are living in times rightly, if rather awkwardly, described as the late modern age. Just a decade ago, we spoke of the postmodern age, as if modernity had given way to something fundamentally new. Like every new and self-declared epoch, the postmodern age was declared to be a form of liberation. Whereas the modern age announced itself as a secular liberation from a Christian … View Resource