Soft Atheism Wants To Be The New New Atheism But It’s Still Just Boring Atheism


One striking fact about the New Atheism that hasn't gone remarked upon enough is how English it is. Out of the Four Horsemen, after all, two are English, and both Oxford men, two, a fact which is rather notable for a movement mainly driven by U.S. book sales. The best candidate for Fifth Horseman is the British "philosopher" A.C. Grayling (yes, I stand by those quotes), who is also, like Hitchens and Dawkins, an Oxford man.For example, it was Francis Spufford who noted that Dawkins' atheist b … [Read more...]

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The Sexual Reaction

So, here's a provocative thesis: what we typically call "the Sexual Revolution" isn't a revolution at all, but instead a reaction, in the political sense, meaning an attempt to turn back the clock back to paganism.Christianity effected a revolution in the Ancient world, particularly in the domain of sexuality.I think the best way to get at this is to remember the Catholic Oscar Wilde's quote: "Everything is about sex, except sex. Sex is about power."In the Ancient world, it was … [Read more...]

Iris Murdoch and the Death of Philosophy

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I wrote in an earlier post that Modern and post-Modern philosophy is haunted by the impossibility of truth; this even means the impossibility of metaphysics.No better example of this is Iris Murdoch, the great writer and philosopher.As Alan Jacobs writes, introducing an excellent overview of her thought: Murdoch is a Platonist, to a degree and with a purity almost unknown in modern thought: it is the Good that she seeks, the Idea or Form of the Good. I love me a good Platonist. But was … [Read more...]

C.S. Lewis Ad Limina Apostolorum


The great writer once gave a stated reason for not embracing the Catholic Church (his good friend J.R.R. Tolkien thought the great man still had a bit of Ulster anti-Catholicism in him) in a quote that has become famous, at least in some circles: “The real reason why I cannot be in communion with you [Catholics] is not my disagreement with this or that Roman doctrine, but that to accept your Church means, not to accept a given body of doctrine, but to accept in advance any doctrine your Church h … [Read more...]