Stephen Turley

About Stephen Turley

Stephen Turley is an internationally recognized scholar, speaker, and blogger at; furthermore, he is the author of Awakening Wonder: A Classical Guide to Truth, Goodness, and Beauty. Dr. Turley is a teacher of Theology, Greek, and Rhetoric at Tall Oaks Classical School in New Castle, Delaware, and professor of Fine Arts at Eastern University.

Why Are Many Christians Supporting Trump?

By |2016-05-13T16:55:47-05:00January 27th, 2016|Categories: Christianity, Donald Trump, Politics, Presidency, Republicans|

The recent speech delivered by Donald Trump at Liberty University, by far the largest conservative Christian institution of higher learning in the nation, has prompted a number of responses and inquiries throughout cyberspace. Beside the inane meme spread through the media regarding his supposed mistermed “Two Corinthians” (I am a Ph.D. theologian and it is [...]

Virtue Matters: The Decline of the Secular University

By |2016-01-16T13:09:10-06:00December 1st, 2015|Categories: Christianity, Education, Featured, History, Liberal Learning, Secularism, Virtue|

“Without a narrative, life has no meaning. Without meaning, learning has no purpose. Without a purpose, schools are houses of detention, not attention.” – Neil Postman By now few are unaware of the campus unrest sweeping across the country’s institutions of higher learning. The chancellor and president of the University of Missouri have resigned [...]

Elusive Coalition: Racial & Ethnic Challenges for the Christian Right

By |2015-09-10T23:13:02-05:00September 10th, 2015|Categories: Abortion, Economics, Faith, Government, Morality, Republicans|

In a recent essay* for the Christian Post, “The Christian Right: A New Hope for the Republican Party,” Napp Nazworth argues that Christian political conservatism offers the best resource for expanding the party’s base among non-whites. Citing the demography deficit within the Republican Party, Nazworth argues “social conservatives are most attuned to the sympathies [...]

The Disordered Loves of the Liberal Media

By |2016-02-12T15:27:56-06:00August 3rd, 2015|Categories: Abortion, C.S. Lewis, Christianity, St. Augustine|

According to St. Augustine, Alexander the Great had a rather interesting conversation with a captured pirate. “How dare you molest the sea?” Alexander demanded. “How dare you molest the whole world?” the pirate angrily replied. “Because I do it with a little ship only, I am called a thief. You, doing it with a [...]

Reimagining Race: Ferguson in the Shadow of Advent

By |2014-12-03T00:49:09-06:00December 3rd, 2014|Categories: Christianity|Tags: , |

On August 9th, 2014, an eighteen-year-old unarmed black man was shot to death by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, a suburb of St. Louis. Almost immediately, a firestorm of protest and civil unrest ensued, demanding a federal investigation of the Ferguson police department and its history of violence against black men. When [...]

The Rhetoric of Discrimination: Emancipatory Politics and Human Flourishing

By |2016-07-06T16:11:16-05:00August 11th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Freedom, Morality|

A boss stands in front of his four employees and says: “I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to let one of you go.” The black employee says: “Well, I’m a protected minority.” The female employee says: “And I’m a woman.” The elder employee says: “You fire me, sonny, and I’ll hit you with [...]

Immigration and the Church: A Christian Response to the Current Border Crisis

By |2014-07-25T14:59:32-05:00July 25th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Christianity, Culture, Immigration|

“Jesus was an illegal immigrant.” So goes what has become an oft cited refrain among those advocating amnesty for thousands of illegal immigrants in the United States. “No,” comes the retort, “The state is called by God to enforce the rule of law.” When it comes to the question of illegal immigration, Christians in [...]

Will The Modernists Inherit The Earth? The Dismal Prospects for Secular Liberalism

By |2019-07-09T10:11:21-05:00May 28th, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Conservatism, Liberalism, Secularism|

Everywhere one looks today, it appears that proponents of secular liberalism are celebrating another social victory lap. While eighteen states plus the District of Columbia currently allow so called ‘same-sex marriage,’ the recent Supreme Court decision striking down the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional may have effectively redefined marriage for the entire country. [...]

Earth Day, a Humbug? From Resurrection to Recycling

By |2014-05-30T09:19:58-05:00April 22nd, 2014|Categories: Christianity, Morality|

“What’s wrong with Earth Day?” my student asks incredulously from the back of the classroom. “What issue could you possibly have with being good stewards of our environment?” “There’s simply no point to it,” I respond. “We have Easter.” My student furls her brow; “What on earth does Easter have to do with saving [...]

Out-Marketed or Out-Moralized? Church, Marriage, and the Welfare State

By |2016-08-03T10:36:58-05:00January 8th, 2014|Categories: Catholicism, Christendom, Marriage, Secularism|

In June of 1979, the recently elected pope, John Paul II, passed through the Iron Curtain, to his homeland of Poland. Over the course of nine days, the world witnessed a profound display of distinctly Christian rhetoric that ignited the moral imaginations of a people bound under the yoke of communism and atheistic materialism, [...]

Classical Christian Education and Public Witness

By |2017-04-16T22:05:19-05:00September 5th, 2013|Categories: Liberal Learning, Secularism|

The emergence of classical Christian education over the last few decades has thrown into relief the question of the relationship between public education and Christian witness. With ninety-percent of children in the U.S. attending public schools, the modern pulpit appears generally indifferent on the issue of private vs. public education for its parishioners; indeed, [...]