Truly Radical

How to Stay “Orthodox” Without Getting Angry

by Kevin Offner

Liberals and conservatives agree about one thing these days: something is seriously wrong with American culture. Hardly a week goes by when some pundit does not decry our shocking “lack of values,” “sleazy ethics,” or “inability to feel shame.”

I’m not even 40 years old, yet I often find myself repeating the “I-can-remember-when” refrain: I can remember when my neighborhood was safe and I felt comfortable walking at night. I can remember when public schools disciplined students, and when parents generally trusted that their kids would be taught a modicum of truth and morality there. . . .

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Kevin Offner is on the staff of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. He has written for Re:Generation Quarterly, Critique, Student Leadership Journal, and First Things. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his wife Amy. They are members of the Presbyterian Church in America. He is a contributing editor for Touchstone.

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