Pauling, Joshua
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Joshua Pauling teaches high school history and was educated at Messiah College, Winthrop University, and Reformed Theological Seminary. His writings have been published in Areo Magazine, FORMA Journal, Front Porch Republic, Mere Orthodoxy, Modern Reformation, Quillette, Salvo Magazine, and The Imaginative Conservative. He is also head elder of All Saints Lutheran Church (LCMS).


Collegiate Advice: Treasure the Ordinary

As young people prepare for college and early adulthood, they should reject conventional narratives that celebrate self-fulfillment and careerism. Instead, they should foster commitment to people, places, and ideas, and prepare for hardship and sacrifice. These countercultural habits and practices are difficult to establish, but they will serve one well in all stages of life.

Date posted: 2022-09-03

Baptism and the Crisis of Modern Selfhood

Among the ruins of family and faith, amid gender deconstruction, surrounded by endless intersectional identities, and with countless constructed categories being hastily erected in their place, where can a sure and stable identity be found?

Date posted: 2022-03-25

After Zoom Church: Restoring the Real in Christian Worship

Church is not just a place to sing, listen, think, or emote. It is where God delivers Christ and his forgiveness through Word and Sacrament into the whole human person. Privatized, digital worship services subtly spurn physicality and community, unintentionally endorsing a mind-body dualism that runs counter to Christianity's holistic view of the human person.

Date posted: 2021-10-09

What Are Bodies For? Beyond Bathrooms and Women's Sports

When gendered embodiment is treasured, maleness and femaleness are understood not as acts we perform, but as our very bodily essence. Being a man or a woman is not simply what one does, it is who one is.

Date posted: 2021-06-26

Don't Immanentize the Eschaton: Against Right-Wing Gnosticism

Eric Voegelin's warnings about the dangers of gnostic politics apply to the right as well as the left. Christians must make a clear and unequivocal distinction between the historic Christian faith and the misleading political religion that is more pervasive on the right than anyone seemed to realize.

Date posted: 2021-03-09

Pandemic Lessons: Homecoming, Homeschooling, and the Home Economy

A powerful antidote to such atomistic existence, loneliness, and alienation, is found in the family: productive, resilient, and together. A family-centered life with the home as the engine of education and economics orders one's vocations and roles in ways that build lasting familial bonds and provide stability amid a changing world. COVID-19 quarantining provides an opportunity for this reality to sink in.

Date posted: 2020-05-09