Blake, Nathanael
7 Articles at Lifeissues.net

Nathanael Blake has a PhD in political theory. He lives in Missouri.

Articles

We Were Parents

When my wife and I mourned the miscarriage of our child, we were not mourning the loss of "potential life." Hope for a potential life is what we had when we dreamed and prayed for pregnancy; hope for the potential of an existing life is what we had during the pregnancy. When our pregnancy ended, we mourned the loss of a life, of an irreplaceable human person whose particular genetic composition will never be repeated.

Date posted: 2019-05-19

What We Don't Know: Does Gender Transition Improve the Lives of People with Gender Dysphoria?

The studies assembled by the What We Know Project do not prove that transition is the best treatment for gender dysphoria, let alone that it should be the only permissible treatment. Rather, they show that the science is not settled.

Date posted: 2019-05-11

Outrage Mobs Might Be More Forgiving If They Believed in Hell

Without a Christian framework, but with a strong sense of sin, seemingly minor wrongs and slights are seen as representative expressions of the injustices of society as a whole. But there is no one to grant absolution to the repentant, or to redeem the world from its fallen state. Each wrong is indelible, and so there is only sin and punishment. Forgiveness becomes impossible when every discrete wrong is bundled into a secularized version of original sin.

Date posted: 2019-04-09

What's Scariest: Facebook, Google . . . or Us?

Facebook or Google taking over the world is a distant, speculative fear. Being harassed, humiliated, shunned and unemployed are immediate fears. We increasingly live in a digital panopticon ruled as much by mobs as by the overseers.

Date posted: 2018-05-20

The Romance of Ordinary Marriage

It is fashionable to mock as bland and boring the ordinary men and women living out their married lives together, but they are often engaged in a quest far more challenging and romantic than anything the bohemian libertine will attempt.

Date posted: 2018-03-24

The Consuming Self

Americans increasingly identify with our consumption. When combined with political tribalism, the result is the increasing refusal to do business with members of other political or cultural groups. In the end, an identity based on consumption will only consume itself.

Date posted: 2017-09-09

St. Louis's Unholy War on Religious Liberty

An ordinance passed in St. Louis, Missouri, prohibits discrimination in housing or employment on the basis of "reproductive health decisions." Promoted as an anti-discrimination measure, the law's actual purpose is to destroy the self-government of religious and pro-life organizations.

Date posted: 2017-09-01