2021 Summer Fundraising Letter

“ . . . Understanding the logic of that ‘rupture between religion and life’ is crucial in understanding the story of modern culture. And a pivotal chapter in that story is the late medieval tendency to describe the ‘natural’ and the ‘supernatural’ as two separate ‘orders,’ the second understood as an extrinsic addition to the first (and hence optional). This segregation enabled Western minds to imagine a wall of separation between “sacred” and “secular,” and in time all of earthly life, including human nature, was assumed to be intelligible without reference to anything beyond itself. There may well be a God, but that is an unneeded hypothesis for happily making our way in the world. As this two- tiered conception of life has become more entrenched — thanks as much to faulty theology as to the forces of irreligion — the Gift promised in the Gospel has gradually come to be seen not as a gift at all, but as (in the words of Henri de Lubac) ‘an arbitrary imposition. . . . Indeed, shouldn’t the intrusion of a foreign ‘supernatural’ be rebuffed as a kind of violation?’ No wonder the Gospel is foolishness to our contemporaries. . . .”

— Ken Myers, on the deep dualism that disorders modern culture and threatens Christian faithfulness. Click here to read the entire letter.

2020 Yearend Fundraising Letter

“One of the most striking and disturbing aspects of public life in the past year has been the increasingly irrational character of public speech. Many commentators have been wringing their hands while urging for a recovery of the Enlightenment’s noble respect for reason. But what if the real goal of the various intellectual and political movements we call ‘the Enlightenment’ was to amplify the significance of the human will, not of the human mind? What if the growing, power-hungry irrationality evident in today’s public life is actually the fulfillment of the modern view of reason as simply an instrument that enables us to get what we want? (If you question this description, compare the masses of mental energy devoted to devising new technologies — digital genies awaiting our commands — with the amount of thought dedicated to theological and philosophical reflection.)”

— Ken Myers, on the consequences of separating reason and freedom from the guidance of faith. Click here to read the entire letter.

2020 Christmas Gift Subscription Letter and Form

Dear listener,

Every year at this time, we invite our listeners to give subscriptions to the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal to friends, family members, colleagues, and fellow church members and leaders. With these annual invitations there comes a letter-cum-homily crafted to inspire such gifts. Most of these letters make the point that the cultural challenges we face require the sort of thoughtfulness that MARS HILL AUDIO has always striven to foster. . . .

To read this entire letter from Ken Myers, which includes insightful remarks by D. C. Schindler and Oliver O’Donovan, download a pdf copy here.

Download the form that was mailed with this letter here. Fill it out with names of friends to whom you would like to give gift susbcriptions and mail it to us with your payment (or order online here).

2020 Summer Fundraising Letter

“This constrictive concept of ‘religion’ means that social and political problems such as racism — and even the question of how to define and recognize racism — cannot be examined in public in an explicitly Christian framework. The rules of liberal society mean that human suffering and social injustices may only be addressed with the vocabulary of “public reason,” which is regarded as real reason. Real reason, we are told, excludes references to transcendent realities. We can’t refer to the Logos who is the origin of reason or the Triune God who is the source of love and sociality — the very realities that in truth provide adequate grounds for pursuing justice and confronting racism.”

— Ken Myers, on why we cannot adequately address racism without thinking more systemically about liberal notions of freedom and religion. Click here to read the entire letter.

2019 Yearend Fundraising Letter

“Within the baptismal rituals of many Christian traditions, when one is christened, one renounces the world, the flesh, and the Devil. In the process of promoting its un-christening, the West is renouncing the Center that for centuries was recognized as the ultimate and only source of unity. That Center — before the foundation of the world — was designated as the One in whom all things were to be united, things in heaven and things on earth. Apart from that Center, that Still Point, the West’s unbalanced spinning is tossing persons and practices into division, mutual hostility, and confusion. And there are theological reasons to believe that the destructive momentum of that spinning must increase, unless the un-christening itself is renounced.” 

— Ken Myers, on understanding the accelerating spiral of civic polarization in light of the Logos. Click here to read the entire letter.

2019 Christmas Gift Subscriptions Letter

“Good treatments require good diagnoses. . . . If we recognize the fact of some social sickness or malignancy, but misdiagnose its causes, efforts to respond wisely may well be misdirected; they may even unwittingly reinforce the conditions that gave rise to the problem in the first place.

“This precarious state won’t be repaired with appeals to civility, the common good, or the wisdom of the Founders, as long as such appeals adhere to the conventional limits of modern thought, which bracket off the transcendent. The growing civic friction we witness — racial tensions, violence by and against law enforcement officials, venomous public speech, battles over the meaning of the human body — requires a critical mass of citizens and neighbors whose thinking is not hemmed in by those secularizing limits.”

— Ken Myers, on why Christians should think more deliberately beyond the confines of a liberal imagination. Click here to read the entire letter.

Winter 2018 Fundraiser Letter

“[M]odern Christians have often attempted to communicate the message of the Gospel in merely moral terms, without reference to the metaphysical framework in which morality itself is intelligible. St. Paul tells us that the One born in Bethlehem is the One through whom and for whom all things were created and in whom all things hold together. The Logos made flesh is the origin of life and light, of goodness and truth. The modern West’s effort to defend truth and pursue goodness while in countless ways denying the One who is Truth and Goodness is a Promethean project destined to fail, and the growing sense of dis-ease in Western societies is a symptom of that failure.”

— Ken Myers, on “truthiness” in the modern world. Click here to read the entire letter.

MHA Master Bibliography

Ken has often been told that he has “gift of bibliography.” Now, thanks to the library staff at Patrick Henry College, we can offer you that gift as a download. Below is a link to a master bibliography in spreadsheet format of all the books that have been featured in interviews on the MARS HILL AUDIO Journal. We will continue to update this as we go forward. Please let us know if any corrections need to be made by emailing us at soundthinking@marshillaudio.org.

https://marshillaudio.org/downloads/MHA_Bibliography.xlsx

Harris Funeral Home Brief

Friends of the Court Amicus Brief on Harris Funeral Homes vs. Equal Opportunity Employment Commission, written by Margaret McCarthy, Michael Hanby, and David S. Crawford.

https://marshillaudio.org/downloads/Harris_Funeral_Home_Brief.pdf