What is an Institution?

Jake Meador returns to the show to discuss the nature of institutions with Matt and Derek.

Jake Meador, Editor-in-Chief at Mere Orthodoxy, joins Matt and Derek to discuss religious institutions. Listen in to hear discussions on what makes institutions different than websites, how to avoid institutional drift, what to do when charismatic figures effectively function as the institution itself, and more.

Resources mentioned:

The Bully Pulpit: Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and the Golden Age of Journalism by Doris Kearns Goodwin

To Change the World: The Irony, Tragedy, and Possibility of Christianity in the Late Modern World by James Davidson Hunter

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What are institutions, and how are they different than websites?
Institutional drift and how to avoid it
The necessity of discipline in institutions
When a charismatic figure functionally is the institution
The difference between fundamental commitments and bylaws
When cultural moments and secondary doctrines become the telos of an institution
How can people inside of institutions who are not running them best conduct themselves?

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